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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Vintage Ale is a truly distinguished bottle conditioned beer. Each vintage is a blend of that yearís finest malt and hops, creating a unique limited edition brew. Being bottle conditioned, it is after bottling that the flavours truly begin to develop, and continue to do so well beyond the best before date that we are obliged to state.

The 2009 Vintage features Kent grown Golding Hops and East Anglian Tipple malted barly. It has an intial aroma of rich Muscavado sugar followed by a brandied caramelised


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle shared by Craig, thanks man. Pours a copper color with a small white head. A sweet aroma of candies, some caramel and light port. The flavor is very raw and Iíd say needs age; light sweet fruit, caramel, candies. A thin body. Still, it was good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielyabu (1350) - Uni„o da Vitůria, BRAZIL - AUG 22, 2010
large frothy off white head. mostly diminishing. good lacing. clear thin amber body. aroma: wood, strong hops and malt, honey and chocolate. if: moderate bitter light sweet. ff: heavy bitter moderate sweet; long duration. palate: medium full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and metallic and light alcoholic finish. aquecimento alcoolico galopante. sabor amadeirado, com amargor de lupulo, toques salgados. dulÁor muito bem trabalhado, evolui na boca. espetacular cerveja. 300s

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5716) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
(500ml bottle #3174 thanks to blutt59) clear rich orange pour with few white bubbles. Nose of candied orange, syrup, golden raisins and funky. Taste of toasty grain, sweet orange, golden raisins, alcohol, biscuit with a creamy well carbonated body and a spicy kick at the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6137) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
bottle, thanks to SS, almond amber colored pour with off white soapy foam, fruity metallic aroma, flavors of dried apricots, metallics, fruity medicinal finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle #24890. Hazy orangeish amber pour with a dense beige head that lasts a while. Aroma is quite sweet with notes of honey, brown sugar, orange, apricot and grass. Flavour is very similar and also on the sweet side but is balanced by the bitterness, and is also a bit spicier. Dry, slightly grainy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a lingering bittersweet finish. Although last yearís was probably better, this isnít bad drinking now and would likely improve with a bit more age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2010
Colour is Roasty golden brown with a creamy white head. Clear with good bubbles. Smell alcoholic with fine wine and brandy thrown in, some red berries, and classic malt sweetness. Taste is beautiful rich smooth malt with a touch of well balanced English hop bitterness. A bit of raisin. Big yet occasionaly subtle flavour. Doesnít hit you over the head (at least not until the end of a bottle!)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 5, 2010
Ok, avrei dovuto farla invecchiare di piý (semicit.), perÚ ne ho altre due in cantina e quindi non mi sono fatto molti scrupoli: barley wine complesso e ben maltato, piuttosto corposa e con qualche asprezza che spero si smusserŗ nel tempo.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle 6299 courtesy of Fullers. Still a bit hazy with a very thin head, not much lace at all. Sweet, but some maltiness, not too thick on the nose. Mouth is a little bit thick, quite green still, still some obvious alcohol, and a little bit treacley, without the moth feel to go with it. Bit disjointed, but it will get better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cirrhosis (1248) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle #040451. Great beer, just plain and simply a great beer. Honey brown with some copper, a limited tan cap was floating on top but left behind a impressive bubble ring the lasted long a created good lacing. Aroma is weaker then I would hope for but still good. Hops the aroma of carbonation, this gives way to a creamy malt presence and on deep inhales cherry and alcohol are noticed. Taste is light and smooth with a big mostly malt presence. Cherry, some coffe and a perfect hops flavor that leave a lingering bitter in the mouth. Good amount of woody alcohol to warm the stomach without over heating the beer. Perfect blend of bitter sweet and alcohol make this an easy and enjoyable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
The aroma is sweet and boozy with molasses, caramel, toffee, malt, and whiskey spiked fruitcake. The appearance is amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and quite strong and the finish is clean. The palate is very smooth. I am impressed with this beer but I wanted a less clean finish and less booze.


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