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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

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

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RATINGS: 299   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.


4.8
   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 (10437) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle at Caspar’s 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 (4039) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
2011-11-01. Lightly hazy dark orange amber body with a small beige head. 3+ Mild aroma, small beige head. 3+ Mild aroma, light alcohol, mild caramel with muted toasty malt accents. 6+ Flavour is malty, sweet caramel malt in the middle, light bitterness and light alcohol in the finish. Smooth average plus bodied palate. 3+ 7/3/7/3/14+ 2008 Vintage, Vertical Tasting, Bottle from LCBO, Toronto

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Hazy dark orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit - raisins especially - and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish with warming alcohol. Soft and smooth. 081011

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Vertical tasting with 2001, 2003, 2009 and served in a Fullers no--nik pint glass:

Slightly hazy caramel hue with reddish highlights topped by a fading frothy head. The aroma has massive biscuity, caramel, and olde skool vapours along with some grassy and herbal hops, in your face orange marmalade, pears and mango., dill and sea salt. Almost TOO fruity for what I expect for a FVA.

The taste starts fruity and malty with a shocking lack of classic hop bitterness to balance it out. Some nice spicy notes come through however and even a bit if classic earthiness. The mouth feel is slick and moderate bodied. Overall among the lest noticeable Fullers Vintages. Seemed to wander off the path to tad too much.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (1979) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
Varje gång jag dricker ett sådant här öl ungt kan jag inte låta bli att tänka på hur det hade smakat om jag väntat fem-tio år. Trots det ett högt betyg. Kraftfullt, maltigt, stark och sött.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2011
Deep amber orange brown colour. Pours a creamy, smooth head with medium thickness. Aromascape is a bit hidden and shy, but it works well with the style. It consists of oak, alcohol, caramel, malts and bread, nuts, roasty scents, a hoppy floral side with a herby side-kick. A deep, musty, wooden overall scent with a hint of cream. The tastes really open up properly after you’ve tasted the beer. The taste is surprisingly smooth. The palate is very even and creamy and settles extremely well into your mouth. At the same time it manages to be musty and dusty, but them again, it feels very fresh and has a good flow. Through the taste the licorice really comes out. The tastes are subtle but strong. They don’t have a lot of attack, but the depth of the tastes is admirable. How the sourness washes the bitterness to the middle and finishes of with a nice tingly sweetness. This was the second best Vintage Ale of my life, coming right after the 2006 batch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, fruit, and a little hop. Flavor is rich malt, toffee, bready/grainy malt, fruity, with light hopping and alcohol showing toward the finish.


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