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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.


1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Beersiveknown (3230) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle@ home 10/12/11. Need to try this one again as something wrong with bottle. Full of higher alcohols and esters. Pear skins on the nose, pear juice and solvent in the mouth...unpleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2097) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
I was planning on doing a 6 yr vertical but Iíve figured that this will never happen. Burnt orange brew that is not quite hazy to me eyeballs and a light tan bubbly head that settles and stays till my glass was lonely without beer. The aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of spice. Brown sugary orange, hints of anise, sweet caramel, perfume, nuggat, some sort of meaty fruit. The candy fruit part seemed to take forever to round into something interesting. The nose has went from subpar to stellar but that took half an hour of sitting. Hints of soap as well. Early on the alcohol was almost unbearable with a hard faceless bitterness. Later on this dulls but doesnít entirely disappear. Light sweet spices, candy orange mixed with caramel, man I donít like this taste - the alcohol and things just ate not settling well with me. Light oily feel and a soft mouth feel. The í05 is still the champ.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2011
Denmark, Aug-Sept 2009. Vitnage 2008. Golden/amber with practically no head at all. Overwhelmingly sweet malt aroma, caramel and vanilla. Taste is also very sweet caramel malt, very ripe fruit, raisins, prunes, toffeee, sugar, vanilla, wood, spices. Well crafted and complex but a bit over sweet for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6531) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
[4082-20111101] 500mL bottle. Mild airy fruit aroma. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Grainy fruit skin fruit malt flavour is quite sweet and boozy. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/8/4/14) 3.6
Overheard: "We need more robots in the movies... Less people, more robots."
(Vertical Tasting w/ DuctTape, jerc, others)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syzzer (596) - Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Good brown-like/ German-style combo (though English). Nice yeasty tone throughout. Light carbonation

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (6271) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, alcohol, caramel, fruit and hops.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ttrunk (56) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
It was delicious. I enjoyed the hops. It was smooth with a pleasant after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
50cl bottle. Orange color with a small white head. Lots of raisin and honey in the aroma over toasted malt and a little musty wood. Sweet and malty with mild alcohol and just a touch of hops left in the flavor. Smooth and medium-full bodied. A little honey and dried fruit linger in the finish. A very pleasurable experience right now. I could see this hanging on for a little longer but it might be near the peak of age right now.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle at Casparís Running Toilet Tasting. Pours vibrant copper-amber with a fine, white head. Quite a bit lighter in color than older vintages. Some light, leafy and herbal hops in the nose, with notes of caramel and toast. Medium sweet flavor, sugar, caramel, mild bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a tingly, pleasant mouthfeel. Mild warming finish, candy, sugar, caramel, a bit of fruit, not too much booze. Very, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4363) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
500ml bottle pours a crimson color with a moderate white head and some fine lacing. Aroma is lightly fruity with some roasted malts and mild hops. Taste is modestly sweet and a little fruity at first and finished with a moderate citrusy hop bitterness. Nicely balanced beer with a medium to heavy body and light carbonation.


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