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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18250) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2011
AMber/orange color, nice lasting offwhite head. Malty aroma, citrus, hops, toffee, caramel and some brown sugar. Malty caramel flavor, alcohol, hops, sweet fruits, almond. Alcohol finish with caramel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17543) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (17350) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
Herb wŁrziger Antrunk, malzig, leicht nach Schokolade. SŁŖlich wŁrzig, etwas brotig. Hell, etwas zuckrig, erdig. 9/13/12/12/12/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17285) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 500ml bottle from, you know what I can?t remember. Oh I remember St Albans BF 09 and bloody expensive it was too. A fiver I think. A maltier more syrupy offering for this vintage. Ok, so the younger vintages always are a bit syrupy and malty and take a bit of time to calm down, but the hops here are almost inconsequential. Almost lager pukey malts. Not a very good vintage to be honest. The 2006 you can get in the Barrow Boy and Banker in Borough is far superior to this year. Probably the worst year I?ve had. I?ve always liked this beer, but unless this is a duff bottle, then its the worst year so far. Bottle at Chriso FullersGales Tasting. A lot better. Some decent sweetness some peppery hops. Decent dryness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16902) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ Frankís (Ramnuts) tasting - 06/11/12 #11879. Pours a hazed light amber with a thin off white head. Nose is toffee fudge, dates, prunes, dark fruits, sugars, little pinch of wood. Taste very similar to nose, slightly tarte in the execution. Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter finish. Decent enough - but not a patch on some of the ígoodí exampls of the older vintages Iíve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16772) - HÝjbjerg, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16509) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16164) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2008
(Bottled #14117). Clear copper color, good creamy beige head. Nutty-woody, whisky-barrel nose. Sticky-toffeish and sugary flavor with attacking alcohol and Challenger hops. Sweet and alcoholic aftertaste. Maybe mellows over the years, currently too sharp and kind of unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15558) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2009
50cl bottle. Pours dark amber with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is sweet of alcohol and malts. Caramel, dark fruits and sugar. Smooth palate. Low carbonation. Still a little rough around the edges compared to the older ones. Still quite nice!

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