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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10920) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle. Amber color. Malty, slightly salty toffee aroma. Malty sweetish buttery and alcoholic flavor with pinches of salt and cookie dough. Hints of mint and butter cookies in the aftertaste. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottle [500ml]. No. 036320. Pours a clear amber, quite bubbly, with an average size long-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit, grain, yeast, light hops and some light sugary sweetness. Flavour of sweet malt, light hops, alcohol, a bit of graininess and perhaps some spices as well. Lightly bitter, slightly alcoholic finish. Iíd like it a bit more flavourful. Medium bodied. Pretty good, though not one of their best vintages itís still a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11383) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks SÝren.
Finished off with this after 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Pours completely clear amber with a nice, small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malts, light biscuity and with some herbal, spicy hops. Highish carbonation, fine dry mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, malty, light citric and vinious. Quite delicious but still rather young.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6780) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle from Waitrose. Copper coloured with no head and moderate carbonation. Malty aroma of nuts and red fruit, with a yeasty edge and touch of orange hop. Dryish, barley sugar and citrus flavour with the alcohol fairly prominent in the finish. Slightly jammy mouth feel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3293) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oOJUXEOo (303) - 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!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1578) - 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)

   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.

   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.

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