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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 293   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 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 (9498) - 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 (8331) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielyabu (1524) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6043) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6502) - 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

   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.

   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!)

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1198) - 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.

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