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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: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2811) - 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 (8798) - 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 (7754) - 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 (7118) - 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 (1107) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
carlosbela (55) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 13, 2010
amber, orange, hazy, minimal head, white foam, caramel, herbs, floral, alcohol, woody, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, fizzy, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
Aroma of honey. Some hops. Flat/boring. But could be something for the wife. Sampled at the ølfestival.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2010
A big ol’ bottle from the finish of Copenhagen ’10: raisiny aroma. An I tense tobacco and date flavour. Too boozy I reckon. Pushing the limits of delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2010
500ml bottle, no. 036591, clean amber color, with a light beige head, toasted, biscuity, caramelized malt, fruity nose of shy candied peaches, orange peels, with a light brandyish accent, faint toffee, honeyed dried sultana raisin note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth, sweet toasted, biscuity, caramel malt, brandyish, fruity character of dried raisins, smooth candied orange peel and peaches, with some mild sponge toffee, cookie doough flavours, leading towards a warming, sweet malty, brandyish, fruity, lingering hop dryness finish.

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