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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

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%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (367) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PokeyKahn (2) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
Get this if you see it. Not cheap but worth a go. Smooth and delicious. Nuf said.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ttrunk (57) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
It was delicious. I enjoyed the hops. It was smooth with a pleasant after taste.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Sweet malty aroma. This is pretty darn good. Malty, sweet and tasty. Excellent stuff again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1181) - Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Pours hazy brown with red hints and a fluffy white head. Smells fruity and of alcohol, kind of like a barley wine. Tastes of fruitiness that moves toward grain and then hints of alcohol. Full-bodied with a velvety texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008 finishes mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with orange highlights. Aroma of toffee, fruitcake, wood, leaves, light sherry, caramel and cornbread. Tastes pretty sweet and malty with a lot of caramel, toffee, wood, port, raisin, brown sugar, and a minimized fruitcake aspect (though itís still there of course). Finishes earthy and elegant with a bit of earth, toast, wood, dessert spice and a brown sugar-esque malt that lingers for ages. Full bodied and creamy, seems bigger than the 07 Vintage Ale. I love this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Forced to have this today - best by end of 2011 for the 2008 vintage bottle #130,235, pours a five+ very light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy brown color with yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel and light alcohol nose and flavor is caramel with a sweet alcohol finish. Another good year. $8.59 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Bottle from Waitrose Newcastle (aged for 4 years before drinking). Dark amber with toffee apple and caramel flavours, sweet red fruity and vanilla notes with a very light sweet fruity finish. Superb! Drank 2015-07-23, aged for approx. 7 years. A hazy copper coloured beer with a rich plum and blackcurrant flavour, toffee and malty notes followed by sherbet, oak and vanilla on the finish. After 7 years this is almost losing its freshness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen2 (2873) - NORWAY - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 01.01.15. Clear darl orange amber. Persistent, pale brown head and lacing. Aroma of dried fruits and Sancerre. Similar taste, with succade, sherry, white port and caramelized nuts. Long aftertaste. Superb and complex.

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