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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kingi (518) - - JUN 1, 2013
oak on the nose and taste. dark copper colour light head. alcohol pushes through a bit. light sweetness on the taste. finish could be longer. good ale with a mature taste, good with cheeses but a bit too oaky alcohol on its own.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1816) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
Bottled 2009, no 022193. Hazy orange brown color, white head. Aroma is malts, oak, sweetness. Balanced malty body, oak, little alcohol, some licorice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2465) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle from my large stash of Fullers Vintages. An orange/copper coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Gorgeous sweet, boozy aroma of caramel, port and over ripe fruit. Tastes somewhat similar, sweet, caramel, malty, fruity, port like. This is probably at its peak and has mellowed well. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 22, 2013
500 ml bottle (bottle #108591) a gift from bhensonb! Nose is sweet brandy soaked raisins, hints of toffee and alcohol, and a bit of a musty old ale note. Clear copper rust color with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet with only a very faint contrasting bitterness, mixed with some golden rain notes and finishing with some alcohol warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (535) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2013
Aroma: concentrated, rich aromatic malty raisin. Flavor: smooth caramel, raisin, orange. Doesn’t finish as long as the 2007. Comment: with only 3 years of age it is still too young, though the aroma is good. Needs 5 years minimum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berlinoise2go (669) - NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
Bottle (50cl). No. 051014. Lovely, deep amber colour, slightly hazy. Half-inch, semi-sticky head, booze-like swirl, leaves some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with toffee, cookies, caramel, dried figs, hint of resin, menthol and sherry vinegar. Medium/full body, soft carbonation. Sweet taste, yet superbly balanced by a mild bitterness, some acidity and hint of salt. Long bittersweet aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5846) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle from somewhere in Blighty. Poured a slightly hazy rosy chestnut brown with a thick off white head. The aroma is rich yeasty and alcoholic. The flavour is medium to strong bitter, hugely rich, with lots of red berries and malt. A super heart warming beer to share.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6742) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2013
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with jmgreenuk. Thanks. Thin white head. Ckear amber pour. Lovely aroma. Nice rich smooth taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5126) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2013
500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy deep golden body with a nice off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel malt with a hint of fruit. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, fruity, some bouillon with hint of herbs and balanced bitterness. Fine body and aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (2775) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Gift from Neko-chan. Tasting session. This one was the best of a flight of four vinatges: 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. It’s probably at its peak. Rich aroma. Bursting with warm, ripe flavors. Very good.


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