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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: 316   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (664) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottled. My friend bought me one for Christmas, so we each had one. Poured and looked good. Strong boozy flavor, nearly barleywine like. Maybe this needs some time because it seemed really hot.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Good brown-like/ German-style combo (though English). Nice yeasty tone throughout. Light carbonation

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.

3.7
   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) - 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.


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