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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: 300   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (591) - 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 (3067) - 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 (1900) - 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) - NORWAY - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4671) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2008
Bottled, No13818. Clear, darkish amber with a medium, quite lasting and lacy head. Aroma of grainy, toffee-bisquity malt and honey. Caramely-malty flavor with some harsh-vegetably whisky notes, light roastiness, some dried fruitiness, and medium bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body with soft, lowish carbonation. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing special. Plus the harsh vegetably notes slightly off-putting.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle #05337 from the LCBO. Poured a beautiful dark amber with a thick creamy head that lasted until the end of the glass. The aroma is understated at first, but turned to caramel as it warmed. The flavour at first was subdued as well, but came alive as it warmed. I guess my fridge is too cold for this beer. Very malty and chewy, sweet at first with a bit of alcohol warmth, finishing with some hop bitterness and a minerally character of English bitters. Goes down far too easy for a beer of this ABV. I regret only buying one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle, LCBO, 7683. Cellar temperature. Nice copper pour, small wispy white head. Aroma is fairly mild - alcohol, very sweet malt, caramel, some biscuit. Taste features alcohol first, then some surprising amount of hops. Lots of sweet caramel in the middle and a very nice slow alcohol burn in the finish. This one is very straightforward and probably the simplest of the last 5 years fresh. Lets see how it ages! I’ll be re-rating 2004-2007 soon to see how they aged.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
Classy bottle from the LCBO. Bottle number 29200. Pours your typical ruby ESA, with a small beige head. Aroma is very nice, figs, earthy hops, big blend of various malts, maybe some fruity candy like stuff, figs seem to feature most prominently to me. They are nice. The flavour is very subtle, something I can appreciate, not as sweet as I was expecting, but malty nonetheless. Well balanced with some dry astringency in the finish probably from the hops. Again, those figs, but with an awesome malt backbone. Very nice fuller mouth feel. Not much sign of the ABV. I will have to buy some more to put away for a while as this baby is obviously meant to be aged in order to gain much complexity. Still, a good one to drink even now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle #12910. Dark amber/ruby. Vinous smell. Flavour is spicy of red fruits and cloves, a bit on the sweet side. Some port in the finish


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