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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7627) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2012
Malty, complex, fruity, strong, warming, and all around sublime. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Bottle from Waitrose Newcastle (aged for 4 years before drinking). Dark amber with toffee apple and caramel flavours, sweet red fruity and vanilla notes with a very light sweet fruity finish. Superb! Drank 2015-07-23, aged for approx. 7 years. A hazy copper coloured beer with a rich plum and blackcurrant flavour, toffee and malty notes followed by sherbet, oak and vanilla on the finish. After 7 years this is almost losing its freshness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, tinned fruit (pear, melon, nectarine), brown sugar and spice. The taste is spice, fruit cake, alcohol warmth, leather, residual sweetness of tinned fruit, with a dry finish. Much dryer in the mouth and spicier than previous vintages tasted. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Colour is tawny brown. Nose is the usual characteristics of orange marmalade, sweet malty barley grain, caramel, but thereís also some bready, doughiness in there which Iíve not detected in previous years. Taste is all of the above and itís also quite crisp, some herbal bitterness and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
Pours cloudy dark amber with an off white bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, candy, caramel, raisins, fidges, honey, floral, vinous. Flavor is not quite what I expected, sweet, malty, medium body, bitter, a bit phenolic. Finishes bitter and sweetish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #94927 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy orange/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7331) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie. Bottle no.94927. Pours cloudy deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma o f caramel, malt, fruitiness,yeast and alcohol.Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, spices, yeast and alcohol.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice beer .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Forced to have this today - best by end of 2011 for the 2008 vintage bottle #130,235, pours a five+ very light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy brown color with yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel and light alcohol nose and flavor is caramel with a sweet alcohol finish. Another good year. $8.59 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Bottled. Pours russet with a pool of off-white head. A boozy aroma. A bit of sour fruit. Harsh alcohol in the mouth. Very fruity with cakey notes. Not got the warming mellow alcohol of other vintages and turns out too hot. Has chocolate notes amidst the bitterness. Not on a par with other years.

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