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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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

bottled
common

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available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 273   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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11510) - 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 (4802) - 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 (2564) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6319) - 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.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3342) - 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

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6773) - 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.

4.3
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5275) - 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.


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