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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (2985) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle - 500ml. Amber body with average carbonation and a decent off-white frothy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with bready and piny hints. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Its sharp, robust hoppy taste carries malty, oaky, and fruity notes. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Very good winter ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - FEB 9, 2010
The aroma has a bit of metal to it and then malt. The colour is amber and it has a huge head.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oOJUXEOo (271) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Bottle at Tonyís Place in Ivyland. This was a real treat. Although this beer can be even better aged, it was a great drink before dinner. Pours a rich copper red. Head is light and off white. Aroma is malt and caramel. Hops are there but not overly there. Goldings hops. Smooth and rich, alcohol is 8.5 but hardly noticed. This is a fantastic beer. I bought 2 extra to age a year or 2. Well worth it!!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1382) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - FEB 6, 2010
Appearance: Brownish red. Nice off-white head. Bottle no 82748. Aroma: Dark malt and dark fruit. Prunes. Nice. Taste: Dark malt and fruit. Warming. Info: 500 ml bottle, 31/12-2009, (171/300)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
Aroma is a rich malt, some pitfruit and caramel notes, orange, with a reddish hue, pours a tiny toffee head, some lace. Flavour is a fine malt, with fruit, alcohol is noted. Full bodied, rich texture, bitter, but at this point a bit boozy. Certainly a well made offering, which time should round off the edges.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
Aromas of vanilla, caramel, and most of all apple are what I noticed first. Nice medium amber-orange colour with a minimal head. Not cloudy with a lovely sparkle. A light, sweetness, minimal bitterness and a medium body that is not overpowering. A nice degree of carbonation adds just the right amount of fizz. Smooth finish. A very enjoyable beer for sure.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle No. 118663. Pours a clear, brilliant copper with a good foamy light beige head. Aromas of nicely roasted caramel and floral hop. Near full bodied with really foamy carbonation. Flavor is spicey, floral hoppy over a nice roast malt. Suggests a tobacco note in a way. Also quite fruity. The spicey hot bits hit the tongue. This is a smooth and drinkable ale. Love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
Nice packaging and bottle. Pours deep auburn with and off-white head. Smells of red licorice, caramel, candied fruits, light allspice, nuts and hints of vanilla. Flavor is a rich blend of the aromas with a hearty malt backbone and clean finish with warming alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium viscosity with smooth woody texture. A very nice ale to compliment the season.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4799) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle shared by KnutAlbert. A low offwhite head upon a brilliant, amber colored body. Clean, light sweet malt aroma. Faint caramel, some mild spices, and a scent of tropical fruits. Taste is soft malty, on the sweet side. Notes of ripe oranges and pepper. Also a certain sharp-edged acidity is noticable. Filling, but not as smooth as the vintages. A pleasant alcohol heat, and a fine fruity and mild bitter ending. Good stuff, witch Iím looking forward to sample after some years of cellaring.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle No. 118966. A brownish amber color with a light off-white head. The aroma has sweet caramel, vanilla, honey, nuts, and fruits. A nice smooth caramel malty flavor, herbal spices and hops. Rich and smooth on the palate with a nice long finish.


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