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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12927) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle - Vertical 2005 to 2008 - Raisin, toffee and biscuit on the nose. Cloudy brown with a tiny head. Brown sugar, raisin and the usual port suspects and some light alcohol to the end. A really nice example in this vertical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Pours hazy mahogany into an English pint. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Bread, roasted nuts and pit fruit aromas. Slick, thick and sweet with hot toffee, caramel and bananas flambe front to back and through the lasting mildly bitter earth finish. Yummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11369) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
500ml bottle, No. 55112, beer gift from Leif, thanks. Frothy, off-white head reduced to a patchy surface. First pour is near-clear, apricot coloured, the last pour is cloudy. Dotted spots to the glass. Herbal and leafy hops to the nose mingled with mid-sweet malts. Fine taste of ripe fruits alongside citrus freshness added by honey sweetness leading to a long-lived dry, bittersweet ending. Sherry notes to the aroma and taste profile, as well. Soft and fresh on the swallow. Another well balanced Fuller’s brew (at home, Tromsø 18.05.2013).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (5953) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2013
500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy amber body with a decent off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel malt with a hint of oxidation. Flavor is sweetish caramel malt, some fruit and a bit harsh bitterness, not bad but not as elegant as the other vintages. Medium body and slightly more bitter aftertaste than other vintages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9376) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014
50 cl bottle. Bottle No. 13873. BBE 12/2011.
Lots and lots of ripe fruits on this one, very sweet and plum-y. Faint bitter malty kick at the end, otherwise smooth palate with a soft carbonation. Toffee seems to have vanished almost completely leaving only ripe fruits and malts behind, some caramel on the aftertaste. Still in okay shape.
Rating for this aged bottle: 7-4-7-4-15.
50 cl bottle. Bottle No. 34018. BBE 12/2011.
Rated: 13.04.2013.
Some weird berry notes have appeared on the aroma, not as syrupy sweet as it was fresh. Toffee is the dominant flavor, with caramel and malts. Somewhat rounder taste now. Probably wont improve from this, but I’ll cellar another one for some few years just for curiosity’s sake.
Rating for this aged bottle: 7-4-8-4-16.
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090404.
Pours clear dark copper color with a minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel, mild alcohol notes, toffee and sugary syrup. Flavor of ripe fruits, sweet malts, caramel, toffee and resin. Nice warming alcohol burn at the end. Very nicely balanced and tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (17730) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
Herb würziger Antrunk, malzig, leicht nach Schokolade. Süßlich würzig, etwas brotig. Hell, etwas zuckrig, erdig. 9/13/12/12/12/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is ruby, dark amber. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice notes, malt and hops. Nice and sweet finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13396) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2013
Bottled, 500ml (No. 54004) from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Tawny brown with off white head. There is a heady alcohol aroma to this, quite like Slivovitz Plum Brandy in character. The fruity theme follows into the beer, strong alcohol notes, plum, quite fiery and warming. There is little bitterness, the depth is all alcohol led, still a very decent beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
500ml bottle, 2nd of the cellared Fulers I pulled this week. Same tawney colored clouded look, small off white cap with fair retention, modest effervescence. Aroma is a fantastic amamlgum of sweet malts, fruits, musty teaty tones and some vanilla undertones. Flavor is pure deight - mellow, rounded fully blended omplexity of malts, hops and yat products - malty, caramel, vanilla, nuts, spice - wonderful - extremely drinkable. wished I put down more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear amber brew, slight head. Nose is toffee, caramel, grassy and floral hops. Some oxidation but adds something to the flavor - caramel and grass.

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