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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15247) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
Cask at Kō09. Mild sweet flavour. Cloudy dark amber colour. Citric amber colour. Citric flavour, some port.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours reddish amber. Nose/taste of baked bread, buttered biscuits, cherry wood, malted barley and sweet caramel. Full satisfying mouth feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14043) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruit, yeast, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, hop, fruit, alcohol, yeast, spices, caramel. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13978) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle 142804. Rich reddish copper color with a decent beige/tan head. Strong aromas of roasted caramel and floral hops. Full body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is light brown sugar and lots of floral hop. Very clean and smooth. No oxidation yet. Finishes well balanced, and a touch of heat can be discerned. Drinks very well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (13874) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
500mL bottle, pours cloudy dark orange with a beige head. Butterscotch jumps out on the nose, with brown sugar, light cocoa, and a cognac-like boozy sweetness. Flavour begins with the liqueur-like sweetness, with elements of butterscotch, brown sugar, and caramel malt following. Slight alcohol burn on the finish, with the butterscotch and slight cloying sweetness lingering. Very solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (13582) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2015 500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
A: 7 pleasant fruity cakey aroma
L: 4 Rich red, hint of haze, tight orangy-beige head.
T: 7 Some toffee and cakeiness, but I also get slightly floury aspects that Iím less keen on. Balance between the sweet cakey malts and the zesty hops is very nice. Flour subsides later, but is replaced by a bit of dustiness instead.
P: 4+ Full smooth palate, gentle carbonation. Cakey finish, some cut mixed peel with an almost orangy zesty tingle. Perfect for sipping after a meal. Hops do seem to build up sip after sip.
O: 16- Maybe itís becuase I like the bitter hops, but for me it improves sip after sip, the cakeiness never fades, but it becomes mellower and more succulent, and the hop bite never stops building up - lovely. Look forward to tasting this again in a year or two - it has enough sweetness and strength that it should age very well. (Yes, I know, it has had 4 years already.)
Rerate: 500ml bottle (8:4:7:4:14=3.7)
Aroma really showing the ageing, super sweet fruity body. Taste super mellow and sweet, love the fruity aspects. Pleasant bitterness in the finish. Not shining, but still very delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2009
500ml bottle poured a clear orange with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, candied apple, carmel, pepper and spice.Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, light carmel, candied fruit and light spice with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2009
50cl bottle, #122404. Medium off-white head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, cantaloupe, light earthy, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some earthy, strawberry/melon, light boozy. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. moderate bitter flaor. Some nice caramellic notes. vinius not alcoholic. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13031) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2013
Bottled, 500ml (No. 54004) from Sainsburyís in Banbury. Tawny brown with off white head. There is a heady alcohol aroma to this, quite like Slivovitz Plum Brandy in character. The fruity theme follows into the beer, strong alcohol notes, plum, quite fiery and warming. There is little bitterness, the depth is all alcohol led, still a very decent beer though.


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