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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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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (1502) - Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle #127256 - good size foamy head, dark orange color, sweet malt & fruit aroma and flavor, fair alcohol taste also, overall very balnced and very good beer

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14365) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 50cl. An unclear, golden-orange beer topped by a finger-thick off-white head. Sugary sweetness, alcohol, some hints of mint and a good dash of fruityness on the nose. Sugary sweet, lightly alcoholic flavor with a decent bitterness. Warming, full-bodied and with a pleasant level of carbonation. Warming, sweet and decently bitter finish. A bit on the sweet side this one, even for my sweet tooth. 120106

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
500ml bottle. Quite hazy vibrant copper amber with a thin tan head. A sweet, bready, malty and light wood initial aroma with lots of great dried fruit, some light toffee, biscuit. Mild carbonation, moderate to full body, bit of alcohol, ripe fruit, lots of flavour, huge depth, probably one of my favourites so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3601) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle. Hazy deep amber pour, foamy off-white head. Aroma is fruity, aged malts, Madeira, tutti-fruity and dried apricot. Flavor is quite sweet, a bit of alcohol. Heavily aged fruits. Thick body, well aged, a bit too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9624) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Brown pour, small brownish head. Aroma is sweet cakey notes, molasses, light oxidation, prunes. Flavor is is sweet, some good oxidation, raisins, port, pure cane syrup.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4732) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2012
500ml bottle #58812. A hazy amber pour with a white head, biloowing at first, but settling to a thin layer; orange marmalade aroma; rich orangey flavour with lots of mellow alcohol that leads to a dry, bready, and warming finish. This seems much drier than other vintages Iíve tried.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruit, yeast, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, hop, fruit, alcohol, yeast, spices, caramel. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2058) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
Found a stray bottle at the Yellow Store in San Marcos. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a rapidly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, bread, and overall sweet fruitiness. Tasteís like bread covered in jelly with alcohol. Medium bodied, a little boozy, and smoothly carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle... Poured amber, orange/redish with anthick forming, eggy head. Nice lacing and retention. A very sweet bs malty beer. Notes of old hops, and boozy characters espeicially in the finish. Some muskiness, caramel candy, toffee, earthy spice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4551) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2012
This is worldís better than the 2011 version - maybe if Iíd had the patience to age that one for 4 years, it would have tasted more like this. This smells of tangerine without the tang, strong alcohol and hops. Carbonation is soft and sublime. There is some sweetness, blackcurrant-like and a hint of bitterness in the taste. Oakiness grow on the intake of air on the tongue after tasting. Wish I had more to say but Iím too busy enjoying the drink. Huge thanks to HogTownHarry for this one - the Mexican swag I gave him certainly didnít merit this in trade.


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