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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: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Very similar to the 2008, with cognac, chocolate and nougaty butter. Appearance is ruddy brown with tan head. Flavor matches the nose, but much more sweet than the 2008, and also with more citrus hop presence. A newer beer that still will benefit from additional age, but very nice now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Light amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. MOderate biter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2010
(500ml bottle #3174 thanks to blutt59) Bright orange. Smell matches the appearance with lots of orange. Taste has more malt, graham cracker. A good bit of alcohol, could probably use some more age to tone down the alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
amber pour. heavy sweetness, mild bitterness in finish. overripe fruit, caramel, malty. too young; opened too early

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2010
50cl, Bottle Nį6312, English brew anno 2009, thx to Jerre!, complex brew, yet heavy, not balanced, hazy, small head, nice brew, but expensive

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7323) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Par for the course.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
(500ml bottle, No. 003174, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grass, raisins, herbs, caramel, and light oxidation. Flavor of caramel, grass, light pine, raisins, and some citrus.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3223) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2010
From bottle, 50 cl. on 15.09.2010, EBCU Brussels. Hazy amber color, with a beige head. Aroma sweet, fruits, bit honey. Medium body. Taste sweet, malts, little spice, bitterness, dry, sweetbitter end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
10/2/10. Bottle. Sweet grainy aroma with a big hint of alcohol and a bit of anise. Big sweet flavor with some oxidation, brown sugar, etc.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3510) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2010
Glowing amber with a beige head. Aroma has dried fruit, toffee, spices, alcohol. Luscious caramel sweetness with lots of dried fruit and oranges in an oily body. A little chocolate. Avoids being cloying with spicy and fruity bitterness. Maybe some wood in the dryish finish. Alcohol is much less prominent than Golden Pride, but some of the malt flavours are muted. Still pretty hoppy. I donít regret opening it now but itís got a while ahead of it.


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