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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15028) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7679) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, 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).

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9350) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle. #119363. Rich amber-copper beer with an off-white head. Spice and dried fruit aroma with light sherry. Toffee and dried fruit flavor with some breadiness. Medium bodied. Toffee and dried fruit lingers with light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Tom.
Typically attractive red amber with a good off white head. A little more fruity than usual. Very yeasty and creamy. A little raw in the finish. Not the best vintage ale but nice enough.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scotty (1131) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2010
Stunningly good beer, rich, malty and spicy, so well balanced. Superb finish that lasts for ages, I’ll probably still taste this in the morning! Bought this at Waitrose, Ponteland. Have to say that I was surprised at some of the ratings, however, this is the first Vintage I’ve tried, I thought it was stunning, if this is a poor example, I’d love to try a good one! Happy Birthday Martin!

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