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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 270   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2562) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6260) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2010
Small coarseish offwhite head doesnít last. Amber body. Fruity caramelly wooden aroma with spicy notes. Dry-sweetish caramelly wooden oranges taste with spicy notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dryish fruity oranges aftertaste. Very good, but boring compared to the aged vintages. (0.5l bottle, thanks to KnutAlbert.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3312) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2010
Biege coloured foamy head good carbonation rich amber colour with an aroma of malted goodnesss caramel nuttiness fruit alcohol toffee honey flavour caramel honey toffee brandy raisin morishing mellow mild bitter light sweetness all of this at the finish of afine vintage alcohol presence of 8.5% perfect top ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
A bit of a let down when compared to the other fullers vintage but still a good beer. Pours an amber colour with a short lived white head. The aroma is at first very metallic with only a light floral hop coming through, as the beer warms the metallic smell disappears and the aroma becomes dominated by notes of caramel and apple cider with light notes of oak. The flavour is caramalts, apple cider, a light oakiness and a touch of bourbon in the finish. There is a bit of alcohol sweetness and some warmth coming through from the abv. All and all a decent brew, just not as good as I expected, the oakiness was strange, iím pretty sure this isnít oak aged, but it was a pleasant touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6680) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Pours amber with a modest beige head and an intense toffee aroma. There is a delicious caramel malt flavor with a dry more bitter finish. This beer is very well-crafted and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark, clear amber with a decent, sudsy white head. Aroma: Pear, caramel, vanilla, herbal hops, and a slight hint of booze. Taste: Dry cocoa,milk chocolate,bitter and herbal hops, plum, apple and dark booze. Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy. Overall: Magnificent, a true classic. It smelled so good, it took me 15 minutes before taking my first sip.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5250) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2010
Cask@GBBF2009. Cobweb aroma. Whiskey hot flavour. Young and crude. Lots of malt. Lots of hop. Not yet rubbing together. Toffee. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (5700) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2010
Bottled from Systembolaget Deep, clear amber. Small tan head. Sweet malty and vinous aroma and flavour; toffee. Pretty much alcohol present and a thin body..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
Sweet and malty for a Fullerís ale. Hoppy as expected. A proper ale that will only get better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle number 123946 of 160,000. Pours with a magnificent bronze body and a long lasting tan head. Great aroma that is a lot less aggressive and hoppy than last years. Aroma of port, sherry, caramel, brandy, bread, richness, prunes and raisins. Taste is rich with caramel, brandy, some alcohol burn, a bit of maderized wine. Medium to light bubbles. Very good, I would probably imagine that this would be perfect in a year, maybe two.

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