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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: 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2011
Pours orange amber with a small white head. Raisins, mixed dried fruit, orange and a good malty caramel base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3374) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
Varje gång jag dricker ett sådant här öl ungt kan jag inte låta bli att tänka på hur det hade smakat om jag väntat fem-tio år. Trots det ett högt betyg. Kraftfullt, maltigt, stark och sött.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (2119) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (1192) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1625) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (4907) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2016
Flaske (nr. 32477), delt med Ovesen på 1. nyttårsdag - årets første aktivitetsdag på Holmen! På etiketten står det "best before end 2011", så det var med spenning vi åpnet flasken. Lykke! Her er alt som det skal være - farge og skum er upåklagelig, og den nydelige aromaen av sherry, appelsiner, hvit portvin/desssertvin og nåletrær høyner forventningene ytterligere. Oh yes, smaken er en nytelse fra første til siste slurk, og alkoholen er godt gjemt. So smooth and rich. A beer rater’s life is indeed good. Uunnværlig luksus. Fullers ruler big time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3673) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristall-König (2726) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4035) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Limited Bottle no. 82127. Niewielka piana, kolor jasnawo herbaciany, zapach intensywnie chmielny. W smaku lekko miodowy ale chmiel tu rownowazy i nawet przewaza nad slodkoscia i obecnym posmakiem miodu pszczelego. Finisz wytrawny oraz nieco rozgrzewajacy. Klasyczne i ladne kartonowe pudelko, recznie skladane. Fajna oprawa i dobre wspomnienie pozostawia po sobie to limitowane Ale.

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