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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our 12th Vintage features two of our favourite English hop varieties, Northdown and Challenger. These, combined with floor malted Maris Otter malt, produce a rich fruit aroma laced with dark orange hop notes. A full luxurious mouthfeel is finished off with a satisfying alcohol warmth.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
50cl bottle from GM Liquors. Bottle #135362 BB2011. Nose of black cherries, caramel, and some flowery hoppiness. reddish copper with a medium straw head. Flavor is light bitterness, llight sweetness, fruity notes, and some light toffee notes. Finish is a combo of light pit fruits and light bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15586) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Bottle (39363)at home Nov 08 ... copper ... light yeast malts ... ligth bitterness ...light fruit ... just a bid dull. .. 3.3

Bottle 59503 (04/10) at home ... light copper ... ovaltine malt nose ... little wishy washy ... little soapy lemon ... again ovaltine malts ... and more citrus fruits. 3.5

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Bottle No. 23973. A clear red/amber colored beer, wit thick beige head. The aroma is mild sweet, caramel, fruits like apricot and English hops. The taste is enjoyable bitter, fruits like citrus and apricot and hops. A little alcohol. The aftertaste is warm and has a long bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. #142561. Ruby beer with a cream colored head. Spicy, dark fruit aroma with sweet malt. Dark fruit, earthy, caramel flavor with toffee and light treacle. Medium bodied. Sweet malt lingers with a dusty/earthiness and dark fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
16.9oz bottle-pours an off white head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, earthy/herbal (English) hops. Taste is rich medium malt-caramel, spice/earthy/herbal (English) hops. Thanks jwc215 for sharing this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
50 cL bottle, #32425. Pours clear, golden orange with a one finger thick and off-white head. Aroma is hoppy at first, followed by a mild fruity note. Smooth caramel malty with a nice set of fruit notes. Somewhat hoppy too. Smooth caramel and bitter finish, nicely balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7628) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 500 ml bottle (#34340). Finland.
Hazy apple juice with thin beige head. Sweet toffee/caramel aroma. Very sweet flavour. Some (warming) alcohol also present.

500 ml bottle. Bottle #12056. Courtesy of lusikka. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
Clearish dark amber colour with a small frothy off-white head. Some medicine, dark fruits, mild hops, mild berries and a lot of sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is sweet caramel, sugar, mild hops, mild bitterness, malt and fruits. This doesnít taste like a 6 years old one. Could I say this is fresh...?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2008
Shows promise with bitterness, malt and barley. Not astringent at all. Good drinking and should be a smooth one in a few years. Great white head on brown.Above average mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7227) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
Burnt orange with a thick almond coloured head. Perfumey floral hop aroma with sweet toffee. Palate delivers the same with a fairly decent balance between the hops and the malt. Finish is quite warming but not intrusively boozy or hot.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
apple juice looking body with not much head.aroma is caramel malts,sugar,and alcohol.flavor is much of the same with a slightly fruity finish.one of the better years i have had.


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