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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7121) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12517) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3032) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7714) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3277) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnarolis (33) - ReykjavŪk, ICELAND - SEP 24, 2010
Pours a ruby red/copper-ish color. Light beige head falls quickly. A bottle from ŃTVR bought 10. of August 2010. Many bottles still on shelf there, will buy another one and age it. Malty caramel aroma, hops not noticable in the nose. Full rich body, medium carbonation. Malty, roasty, hint of burnt caramel, oranges and a hint of spice. Alcohol in aftertaste, but not out of balance, finishes sweet. Will probably benefit from aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
500ml Bottle (# 107252): Faint aroma of malt, caramel, and a hint of dark ripe fruit. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, off-white/tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, caramel, slight wood, and slight honey. Medium body. Slick, then slightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, slight honey, and hint of wood finish is lightly dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8808) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle number 66026. Clear reddish orange, nice frothy cream coloured head. Aroma is sweet toffee, orange peel, subtle spice. Sweet with tawny port-like features of toffee, raisins, soft wood, subtle spices, orange peel bitterness. A little on the thin side for mouthfeel, and a little hot in the finish. as Iíve said with earlier vintages, Iím glad I bought some of this to lay down, as I believe it could use a little time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7956) - 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.

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