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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: 300   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 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) - NORWAY - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle courtesy of llcooldave! Pours a deep, dark amber body with no head. Glowing and clear. Aromas of fermented apples, some alcohol, candied pears and malty sweetness. Flavors of pears, fig preserves, malty and a very mild floral hops finish. Fine, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (493) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Another excellent brew in this series. Pours a deep copper with thin head. Aroma of malts, dried fruits. Flavor was deep and rich with pale malts, dough, dried fruits, and a lasting finish brought on by some bittering hops. I let this one age for almost 3 years and it was worth the wait. The flavor was even better as it warmed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natejgood (391) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours a clear, medium brown color with a very thin light head and very few bubbles. The aroma is malty and a bit sour. This beer has a lot of flavor. It is full of hops and malt and feels almost creamy in the mouth. There is also a distinct raison flavor and the aftertaste is a bit like carmel, but the beer is not overly sweet to drink. Based on the light, clear appearance it is surprising how much body this beer has. This beer is a bit heavy, but other than that it is a solid drink.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 6, 2009
This ale is soo naked. no masking at all, way too much alcaholic taste, otherwise, its complex and has all the bells and whistles .

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
Much better than last year. The challenger acts as the sheriff in what could be an unruly ale. The finish is nuttier than anticipated but works wonderfully. Perfect balance. Perfect colour and head.


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