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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: 307   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear amber brew, slight head. Nose is toffee, caramel, grassy and floral hops. Some oxidation but adds something to the flavor - caramel and grass.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5026) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jbeez. Pours a clear orange with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is caramel, fruity malt, citrus. Medium mouth, very sweet, caramel, light booze, held up very well but a bit thin.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vidmidia (51) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - FEB 16, 2015
Garrafa #76364. Vermelha, turva. Espuma média de média duração. Aroma de malte e ameixas, com toques de caramelo. Sabor complexo, adocicado sem exagero, com fortes notas de frutas secas, esp. ameixas, além de caramelo, baunilha e madeira. Retrogosto adocicado com final amargo, de longa duração. Forte sem gosto pronunciado de álcool.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3864) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
50cl bottle @ Black Door. Number 46114. Mahogany color, thin but lasting white head. Madeira like aroma, strawberries, some dried fruity notes. Flavor has strawberries, almonds, alcohol warmth. long finish, quite sweet. At least this bottle has aged enough.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3105) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle 46114@blackdoor. Amber. Dry fruity, almost vinous tones on nose. Malts, slight sweet boozy white raisins. Full smooth soft body. Vanilla, some wood, dry toffee. Malty, smooth, subtle, fruity complex. Very nice drink. Long finish.

-- bb

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4431) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2014
16.9oz bottle in a tulip. Pours brown with a small, beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and lightly nutty malts, some floral hops, hints of dark fruits, and light notes of alcohol. Flavor the same with a strong maltiness. Smoother texture. A decent beer but just not my taste anymore.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1530) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3388) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (672) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter; 2008 vintage, Bottle #113845. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, pear, apple, plum, raisin, fig, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic old ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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