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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: 301   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.


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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle 116943 - Sweet cherries, malty aroma with a fading chocolate after taste. Not a bad beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2011
Pours orange amber with a small white head. Raisins, mixed dried fruit, orange and a good malty caramel base.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2010
Pours dark orange with big white head disappearing quickly, but leaving a good ring of lace; sweet aroma of fresh fruits with biscuity notes; full-bodied and smooth; flavor is sweet fruity, of chewy caramel malt and toffee and a long spicy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Number 28720...To the eyes: Syrupy looking. Orange/amber hue. No head, really..... On the nose: Brown sugar, crisp. More sugar... Some herb notes with orange peel and toffee. Quite basic. Nothing spectacular..... Flavour: Ridiculously sweet and malty, hardly anything else gets through. Some alcohol bitterness. Almost zero finish, except more sweetness. Not very awesome. Just sugar...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (309) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle at home on 21 August 2014. Pours red brown with a thin white head. Aroma of raisins, blackcurrant and mint. Sugar sweet. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2009
Pours copper with small beige head. Nose is very malt centric, with toffee & caramel dominant & raisin/cherry fruit esters, As expected spicy hops provide support. Palate is full with malts providing richness, Hops kick in from the mid-palate and ride the finish with sharp spicy bitterness. Carbonation is low as expected. Certainly a tad rough around the edges at this point in time & would love to get some more with a bit of age on it. Still, quintessentially uk barley wine right here.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theOptimator (284) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Aroma is raisin, grape, plum, alcohol. Appearance is hazy dark orange brown. Almost no head. Taste is raisin and plum forward. Slight alcohol boozy flavor, like a carbonated liqueur. Honey, caramel, grape, cherry. Many flavors present. Palate is full. Alcohol hotness present but still smooth. Overall a nice beer. IMO this bottle needed much more aging but still an enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle #12910. Dark amber/ruby. Vinous smell. Flavour is spicy of red fruits and cloves, a bit on the sweet side. Some port in the finish

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Best one out of the last 4 years IMO. I canít stop buying them. Amazing. Hope next years is even better!


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