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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (641) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
pours with frothy head and nut amber colour; malted honey on the nose. Sweet honey nut at the start, some woodiness, medium-thick viscosity, hints of osmanthus tea, and a medium bittersweet finish that ends medium-long. The alcohol content (8.5% ABV) is noticeable up front. Med-high depth, rich bodied, medium complexity, short-medium length. Itís a quality beer but not of the flavours pique my interest.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
500ml Bottle #03645 - Pours a nice cloudy orange, very thick off-white head that never left and clung to the glass for itís life. Prunes, plums, raisins, bread, burnt caramel all come out to me in the aroma; sadly, the remnants of a cold are probably costing me the full experience. Lots and lots of alcohol in the flavour, but itís not overwhelming. Balanced nicely amongst all those notes promised in the aroma alongside a heavy dose of malty sweetness. Something astringent hits the tongue but itís pleasant enough. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (605) - SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Deep orange brown with a decent marmaladely Christmas pudding nose. Slick flat light body with an inappropriate late finniness in the aftertaste. Strong alcohol. Structurally this beer just canít carry this beerís inteneded weight or complexity. At best disappointing.

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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2011
Hazy amber with a white head. Light honey and caramel, candeid fruits and biscuits. Didnít try it fresh, but it seems to have aged with grace.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured amber with a slight tan head. Big malty and caramel nose. Taste was sweet malty and caramel balanced with earthy hops. There were notes of herbal tea and some bitterness. Another strong effort by Fullers.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle from regionals (#28720). Pours a redish orange, thin off white head.
Aroma is potent, sweet caramel malt pervades, a spicey character underlies, quite a bit of alcohol in there as well as raisiny fruit.
The flavour is quite sweet - caramel, syrupy texture.
Hops are present, a bit sugary still. Bitterness doesnít quite compensate. There is a slight raisiny fruit which is nice but faint.
Very drinkable, might be better in a year or so.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljunkan (530) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Bottle. Pours a light brown color with a nice white foamy head. Some lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, "brio-karameller", a candy we have here in Sweden. There is also notes of honey. Flavour is quite sweet, malty, touch of brio-karameller, quite candy-like taste overall. Notes of english hops and honey. Filling in the mouth, pretty smooth, low carbonation, medium to full bodied. A very nice sipper. It is maybe not good too compare them, but this feels much better and balanced this fresh than Thomas Hardys for example.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (527) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours cloudy orange-amber with a medium beige head, very fine and lasting lacing. Rich malty aromas with caramel, vanilla, apple, biscuit, and hay. Medium body, smooth, crisp, lightly dry but low-carbonation. Flavors of toffee, biscuit, vanilla, pine, with some earthy notes. Medium-bitter piney finish, almost enough to balance the malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with small amount of beige head. Lots of honey sweetness to balance the alcohol, nice hoppy finish. I look forward to trying again afer some aging.


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