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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 year’s 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cirrhosis (1252) - 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 (4304) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Dark Amber pour, Nearly Brown, with a full creamy white head. Bready, wheat cracker, sweet, intense toffee, rum soaked tiramisu. Flavor is intense toffee, caramel, candied walnut, pecan. Bready as shit, Great representation of an English Strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Reddish amber pour with a lively white head. The aroma is hugely bready with notes of wheaty crackers, toffee, nut, rum tiramisu, and caramel. The flavor is caramel, nutty toffee, bread, dough, and a light spicy hop note. The palate is medium to full bodied with a supple, smooth mouthfeel and a chalky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14141) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle at KØ10. Hazy red colour. The flavour is sweet. Good alcohol burn. Nice maltiness. Tastes good now, in 2010.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6854) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2010
(Bottle) Amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, caramel, fruitcake, apricots, treacle toffee, a touch of herbs or flowers and citric hops. Fruity, malty taste with fruitcake, apricots, orange, slightly toasty malt, a hint of ginger and floral, slightly citric hops in the finish. Some alcohol shining through. More than medium body, with some sweetness. Well balanced and tasty. Not the best of the vintages but a nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 1, 2010
Botella, no. 003234. Clear deep red-dark brown colour with a nice big beige head. Sweet deep malty and dark fruity bit spice like and hoppy aroma. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is deep malty with roasted caramel, dark fruits, bitter hops, bit spice like and bit vinious. Sweet roasty aramel dark fruity deep malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
Bouteille 500ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée et claire. Nez malté de caramel légèrement terreux, léger d’alcool boisé (fût de chêne) et de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses avec des notes fruitées (dates, traces de raisins liquoreux) et de pain. Moyennne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement bas-moyen et une texture légèrement liquoreuse. Léger goût fruité (léger de dates et de raisins) accompagné d’un moyen goût boisé (fût de chêne liquoreux) et de notes de vanille et de traces de fumée de tabac lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel toffee sucré avec un léger goût de pain et des traces de biscuits puis en finale l’on retrouve des notes d’alcool liquoreux (brandy) ainsi qu’une moyenne-lègère amertume asséchante de houblon floral, herbeux et aux notes terreuses. Post-goût moyen-long et aux notes sèches, moyennement amer d’alcool, de houblon floral et herbeux (traces terreuses) avec un léger goût fruité (moût de raisins) et boisé (fût de chêne).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear amber, flashes of red & gold. Thin off-white head, spotty/ropey lacing. Nose is charcoal, fruits, honeycomb, marmalade, florals, privet, something musky here too.Palate is flavorful and warming, booze shows through as a brandyish character, still some hop character left in the brew, malt, toffee, red licorice; Finish is spicy and drying. Boozy for 8.5%, I’d have guessed it to be much higher.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours deep copper with 2f iw head., Nose is caramel malt, hops, spicy earthy, slight tannins. Tastes of tannic caramel malt, with some earthy notes.


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