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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: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 (895) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (861) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2010
Reddish orange pour with sticky head. Fruity scent. Thick bitter taste. Having recently had Fruli on draft is probably affecting my tastes unfortunately. Not nearly as boozy as the %age indicates. A bit too much carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
Tasted 01/02/2009. 500ml boxed bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Rose gold. A hint of autolysis and hop, rich malt, a little nut and autumn fruit, balancing bitterness. Spicy warming finish. Simple. Divine. The magnificence of malt is so under-rated on this side of the planet. Iím heading out to buy some more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2009
bottle - 2008 vintage - pours a fairly clear light amber color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma has loads of honey, fair amount of caramel, faint herbal hops, orange peel, light oak, white grapes. Flavor has fair amount of toasted caramel and oak, notes of lemon, cinnamon. Finish is fairly sweet. Pretty good overall

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle No. 04764. Pours a amber orange with a good slightly off white head that slowly dissolves. Aroma is spicey, malt, soft bread cookie and alcohol. The flavour is top notch, malty toffee base, with a alcohol sweetness, some gingerbread cookie flavours, ends on with a note of good bourbon. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the finish is incredible. Have two more of these on the shelf, expecting good things to come of come aging them.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2009
16oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a mid sized long long lasting off white head that leaves great lacing. Very dense head. Gorgeous beer. Complex aroma of honey, hazelnut, raisins, caramel and citrus. Flavor is tons of caramel and vanilla up front going into a grassy hop middle with decent bitterness. Sweet honey notes with hints of raisins finish out leading to a lingering finish with slight bitterness and notes of caramel and vanilla. Terrific. Underated, and this beer will only get better with time.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
500 Ml bottle from the LCBO bottle number 27087 The aroma is hops and alcohol with a touch of honey and caramel Pours a nice deep copper with a good sized white long lasting head The taste is creamy and smooth nice warming alcohol edge and a touch spicy Pretty good I would like to taste one that has been aged a while maybe I will have to pick up another one

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
( Bottle bottle nummer 117627) Copper pour with some amber wheyís of grain. Nice bitter notes. Some grainy hopes and candied malts. Lots of sweet tops here and there. Pretty cheap price. Hits the palate nicely. A bit strong on the alcohol tip. Might mellow out a bit later on. Because of the low price I might go buy two and rerate in a few years.


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