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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

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

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RATINGS: 305   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (1464) - Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle #127256 - good size foamy head, dark orange color, sweet malt & fruit aroma and flavor, fair alcohol taste also, overall very balnced and very good beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (483) - Xiamen, CHINA - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1452) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Pours hazy amber with a large, frothy off-white head, great retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and nutty malt with pine, citrus, and floral hops; fruity with light alcohol notes. Flavor is a malty and hoppy start with an alcohol and spicy hop bite, fruity with some light doughy yeast notes and chewy malt. Full bodied, warming with high carbonation and a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2009
pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a nice light tan head...nice retention. very traditional look. aroma is sweet and very floral...roasty caramel, bioscuity, mild bourbon and oak...nice! flavor is also slightly sweet...somewhat like a barleywine with some dark candied fruit and oak, roasty caramel, and hops in the end. mouthfeel is creamy with a complex dry caramel, oak, and hop finish. outstanding...complex, oaky, delicate yet aggressive hops, subtle sweetness, and a lingering dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Another excellent brew in this series. Pours a deep copper with thin head. Aroma of malts, dried fruits. Flavor was deep and rich with pale malts, dough, dried fruits, and a lasting finish brought on by some bittering hops. I let this one age for almost 3 years and it was worth the wait. The flavor was even better as it warmed.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristall-König (2312) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2011
Die Flasche steckt in einem weinroten Karton, sieht sehr stilvoll aus und trägt die Nummer 110979. Süß-rosiniger Duft, der eine gewisse Alkoholigkeit vermuten läßt, aber auch stark fruchtgeprägt (Feige, Passionsfrucht) ist. Süßlicher Antrunk mit zurückhaltender Malznote. Anschließend setzt ein opulenter Aromenschwall ein. Die Hopfenaromen (Zitrus, Orange) erinnern stark an ein IPA und kommen deutlich hervor. Schon setzt auch der Alkohol ein, dominiert aber keineswegs. Abgangs vanillige Töne, etwas rauchig mit einem wärmenden Rum-Finish. Ein unglaublich vielschichtiges Bier in allen Bereichen stark und gleichzeitig excellent abgestimmt. Grandios!Test vom 31.10.2009, Gebinde: Glasflasche

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours vibrant copper-amber with a fine, white head. Quite a bit lighter in color than older vintages. Some light, leafy and herbal hops in the nose, with notes of caramel and toast. Medium sweet flavor, sugar, caramel, mild bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a tingly, pleasant mouthfeel. Mild warming finish, candy, sugar, caramel, a bit of fruit, not too much booze. Very, very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Nice crisp amber pour with a thin cream head. Nose is rich malts, toffee, dough, bread, and caramel. Excellent on the palate, huge malt bomb, dried fruits, toffee, bread, light chewiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4539) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Pours hazy mahogany into an English pint. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Bread, roasted nuts and pit fruit aromas. Slick, thick and sweet with hot toffee, caramel and bananas flambe front to back and through the lasting mildly bitter earth finish. Yummy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (283) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Rich fruity taste very smooth and creamy . Aged for five years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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