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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: 314   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3709) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle No. 89041 from Waitrose. Amber gold, thin but lasting white head and gentle condition. Gentle sweet, almost tinny maltiness in the nose with some trace flowery hop, full and sweet initially in the mouth but qickly drying out and becoming chalky bitter with a trace of woodiness, short alcoholic finish with some lingering toffee notes. Not impressed this year.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16047) - 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

3.4
   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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (4721) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7362) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2749) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Shared bottle Aroma: caramel, bready maltiness Taste: leather, fruit, caramel maltiness

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (9446) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, alcohol, caramel, fruit and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Good example for the style. This had some age on it that probably caused the flavors to blend. Sweet malty aroma. Caramel brown color with little sustainable head. Flavor profile was of a standard English ale, just amped up a bit. I had this a year ago and it had more character. Malts are heavy followed by a candy-like mild sweetness. Also kind of bready. Alcohol was also very present in the finish. A year ago this was probably one of the best Fullerís Iíd tasted.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (834) - SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Deep orange brown with a decent marmaladely Christmas pudding nose. Slick flat light body with an inappropriate late finniness in the aftertaste. Strong alcohol. Structurally this beer just canít carry this beerís inteneded weight or complexity. At best disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20064) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
30th May 2011
Cloudy brown beer, short lived tan head. Smooth palate, mild fine carbonation. Creamy caramel malt. Mild oxidisation. Sublte orange hop bitterness. But overall this is a sourish beer. Finishes semi dry. Tasty but already seems past itís best.


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