DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO- This vintage ale pours rusty copper, and is generously topped with a beige froth that leaves plenty of lace. Caramel malts and fresh hops fill the nose and come equipped with burnt sugar, rose petal,fruity undertones and some metallic notes. Tastes of sharp hops and sweet fruity caramel malts. Lots of floral hops lead to a bit of a metallic twang near the finish. A bit boozy and unbalanced at this point, but overall enjoyable as a sipper. Look forward to experimenting with this in the future.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light orange-amber with a brief head. Aroma is very sweet - malty and fruity. For the first time in my memory, Fullers Vintage Ale tastes like an American barleywine. Strong malting bordering on astringent with just enough hops to give it an herbal but not overly bitter edge. Present alcohol (for a change). This is definitely a departure from the norm, and will age well. Reasonably thick body and good carbonation. Interesting!
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Number 28720...To the eyes: Syrupy looking. Orange/amber hue. No head, really.....
On the nose: Brown sugar, crisp. More sugar... Some herb notes with orange peel and toffee. Quite basic. Nothing spectacular.....
Flavour: Ridiculously sweet and malty, hardly anything else gets through. Some alcohol bitterness. Almost zero finish, except more sweetness.
Not very awesome. Just sugar...
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. My friend bought me one for Christmas, so we each had one. Poured and looked good. Strong boozy flavor, nearly barleywine like. Maybe this needs some time because it seemed really hot.
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Original Rating, 12/22/2008: Dark orange, brownish color with a thin head. Aroma is a little earthy, kind of musty, moldy in a good way, and mossy. Flavor is strongly dried malt, lots of barley. Dusty. A solid fresh hop and vinous bite, plus pretty much everything from the aroma. A very solid Vintage Ale. I will be happy to try this one again in a couple of years. 8/4/8/4/17
Re-rating, 10/14/2010, Bottle 126546: Dark orange, brown color with a medium head. Strong orangey aroma. Lots of caramel and bits of toffee. Very bready flavor. Thick with malt. Quite fruity. Very light chocolate. Full bodied, slightly dry. Noticeable hops, mostly earthy and spicy. Same score.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No. 04764. Pours a amber orange with a good slightly off white head that slowly dissolves. Aroma is spicey, malt, soft bread cookie and alcohol. The flavour is top notch, malty toffee base, with a alcohol sweetness, some gingerbread cookie flavours, ends on with a note of good bourbon. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the finish is incredible. Have two more of these on the shelf, expecting good things to come of come aging them.
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange, very little bubbles, with white head that thins slowly. Scotchy malt aroma. Creamy, boozy, sweet malty scotch taste. It does warm the body on a cold night but not much complexity yet.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Steady carbonation, tiny bubbles rising through dark amber maintains a thin but even head. Aroma of baking cookies, spice, malt and soft alcohol. First sip is indeed tasty. Second mouthful has a big alcohol component. I like the gingerbread cookie and hop spice. The body is good. The alcohol seems more prominent than in past years. Instead of one every month I may pick up 2 ESBs for the same dollars. Maybe this one needs to age more than the last few years editions.