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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2973) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4095) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (618) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2013
Aroma: concentrated, rich aromatic malty raisin. Flavor: smooth caramel, raisin, orange. Doesnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berlinoise2go (688) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7430) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8626) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5862) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3400) - 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. Itís probably at its peak. Rich aroma. Bursting with warm, ripe flavors. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chudwick (2774) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2013
16.9oz bottle (No 147040) - pours a murky dark orange with ivory head and thin lacing. Based on the pour and age, I figured it would smell nutty and it does. Nose also adds caramel and basement aromas. Flavor contributes with toffee, alcohol, fermented fruit and a little resin. Iíd liken this to a slightly bitter Belgian tripel. Sweet with enough bitterness to keep interesting. This beer alone, makes me appreciate British beers a lot more, in that there are some that go beyond your typical pub beer and will entice me to search for others like it. A standout beer from England.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9200) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2014
50 cl bottle. Bottle No. 009571. BBE 12/2012.
Seems somewhat sweeter compared to a fresh bottle, more sugary and malty. More rounded with a soft carbonation, slightly bready finish with hints of berries. Definitely better now, at optimal age Iíd say.
Rating for this aged bottle: 8-4-7-4-15.
50 cl bottle. BBE 12/2012.
Originally rated on 20091118.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel malts, toffee and some sugar. Flavor of yeast, caramel malts, toffee, ripe fruits and some mild dark berry notes.

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