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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (15319) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 500ml bottle from, you know what I can?t remember. Oh I remember St Albans BF 09 and bloody expensive it was too. A fiver I think. A maltier more syrupy offering for this vintage. Ok, so the younger vintages always are a bit syrupy and malty and take a bit of time to calm down, but the hops here are almost inconsequential. Almost lager pukey malts. Not a very good vintage to be honest. The 2006 you can get in the Barrow Boy and Banker in Borough is far superior to this year. Probably the worst year I?ve had. I?ve always liked this beer, but unless this is a duff bottle, then its the worst year so far. Bottle at Chriso FullersGales Tasting. A lot better. Some decent sweetness some peppery hops. Decent dryness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wattersla (11) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear amber golden with no head. Sweet aroma of overripe fruit, nuts and caramel. Quite full-bodied, overripe fruit, caramel and nuts. Lightly bitter finish with some alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle # 121060. Clear amber with nice off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma. Taste of caramel malt, slightly alcoholic. Probably drank too soon. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7055) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2010
7/24/10. Thanks, Cavie! Light malty aroma with huge sweet malt taste, earthy hops, and bitter calcium and minerals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2652) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Shared bottle Aroma: caramel, bready maltiness Taste: leather, fruit, caramel maltiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle no 28352 Hazy amber colour with big fluffy white head. Big fruit rasin aroma. Fruit loaf with hint of bread flavours. Creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Too sweet! I liked 2007 because it was drier. This one has the leathery malt profile, but too much sugar. Not much hops or anything else. Decent, but too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle 126899. Medium orange copper hued with a light khaki head that went thin fairly quickly. Spicy aroma with dried figs and some herbal notes. The nose is pleasant with that mix and hints of citrus hops. The taste has some strong sweetness up front, like chugging honey laced with a little bit of hops. The body is syrupy thick and certainly sticks to your mouth. There is also a little bit of roast and wood, but the sweetness is cloying. Maybe a few years will help to dry this one out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14488) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
Cask at KŘ09. Mild sweet flavour. Cloudy dark amber colour. Citric amber colour. Citric flavour, some port.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle #54841. Beautiful sparkling amber, firm lacey beige head. Malt syrupy nose, hint of orange marmalade, very low hops, kinda like cheap sweet berry liqueur. Flavor is sweet and mellow, mild resiny hops, rowanberry and raspberry in the finish, slight warming alcohol. Mämmi-like bitter orange and stronger alcohol kick in as it warms up. Medium to full bodied, lush low carbonation. Kinda restrained strong ale, and I’m not too crazy about them berrywine notes.

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