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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: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle. Very inviting amber appearance.Medium head and relatively gentle presence of alcohol.Subtle bitterness and extremely well balanced making it dangerously easy to drink. Pleasant but certainly not a vintage year.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
500ml Bottle (# 147690): Sweet aroma of caramel, honey, wood, malts, slight apple, and light yeast. I really like the scent for some reason. Poured amber in color with a large, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of wood, caramel, tobacco, tar, malts, slight molasses, light toasting, and slight resin. Medium body. Thin, slightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Lightly sticky, woody, honey, tobacco finish is sweet and lingers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle 500 ml, number 24428 . Appearance: very nice shade of amber, clear crystal reflex with large majestic almost white, thick crown. 4+ Aroma: Mid caramel, brown malts with sweeter bottom. Slight hint of baking powder , vanilla and fresh hop buds. Aroma of alcohol very mild. Aroma of quality brewed strong ale. 8- Flavor/Palate: thick, oily full bodied front. Quiet malty, sticky sweetness with contrasting, neatly balancing dry alcohol. Softness of body somewhat heavy is lighter at edges noting some hop feel. Ale that was brewed to be aged, but there absolutely no need for that. Vintage 2008 yet best to date.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle. Amber color. Malty, flowery soft hopbitter aroma with hints of biscuit and citrus. Malty sweetish flavor with blackcurrant butterscotch, flowers and a hint of salt. Well balanced, just a bit alcoholic ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
A Mes rate. bottle thanks to me supped with Ian and Alex at the Rake. Quite a light colour for a Fullers Vintage, I swear it gets paler each year. Yeasty and very bready on the nose. Quite syrupy and sickly but nice enough. Similar flavour with a lick of spice and some peppery alcohol and a tiny hint of liquorice. Nice fruity finish. A little basic but early impressions are that this could be a decent vintage given a few years to develop.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (670) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
500 Ml bottle from the LCBO bottle number 27087 The aroma is hops and alcohol with a touch of honey and caramel Pours a nice deep copper with a good sized white long lasting head The taste is creamy and smooth nice warming alcohol edge and a touch spicy Pretty good I would like to taste one that has been aged a while maybe I will have to pick up another one

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3264) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2008
quite mellow,some good hop aromas right off the bat, and somereally nice bready malts. This beer i find is quite mellow being this new. The 06 and 07 were quite harsh out of the gate,but this is a nice winter warmer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1905) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2008
copper color, big strong hops, some sweet malts, and a tad boozy. flavor carries those through with a little dark fruits and boozy burn, had in succession with a 06 and 07. intrested to see how this mellows.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljunkan (530) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Bottle. Pours a light brown color with a nice white foamy head. Some lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, "brio-karameller", a candy we have here in Sweden. There is also notes of honey. Flavour is quite sweet, malty, touch of brio-karameller, quite candy-like taste overall. Notes of english hops and honey. Filling in the mouth, pretty smooth, low carbonation, medium to full bodied. A very nice sipper. It is maybe not good too compare them, but this feels much better and balanced this fresh than Thomas Hardys for example.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2008
Aroma is assertive hops, some very fine mat as well, deep amber, pours a good sized off-white head, some pretty lace too. Flavour is a strong malt, hearty hops goodness. Full bodied, full hearted, alcohol is not shy, the usual hearty, mellow, somewhat bitter, rough around the edges winter warmer, a real sipper. Great offering, Thank You Santa, I mean Fullers. A year or so should round this one out.


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