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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 269   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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Deep amber with a cream head. Nose is rich malts, caramel, sherry, sweet, and dough. Chewy on the palate, sweet caramel, bready, doughy, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shaney (2428) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - OCT 3, 2012
#911 Machen wirs kurz: Das Beste ist die Aufmachung der Flasche, auch wenn ich einen Pappkarton bei einer Bierflasche wahrlich nicht brauche und überflüssig finde. Das Label ist aber absolut sophisticated! Zum Inhalt: Bernsteinfarben, leicht trüb und der Schaum ist schnell auf der Flucht. Ein ale-typisches Aroma mit Rezenz und Steinobstfruchtigkeit à la Pflaume. Im Antrunk dann überbordend alkoholisch und dumpf. Startet im Geschmack leicht malzig, wird zunehmend bissig würzig und geht dann in einen sehr bitteren, ja geradezu holzigen Abgang über. Der Alkoholgehalt ist "too much"; er verdeckt nicht nur, nein er erschlägt die Geschmacksnuancen geradezu brachial. Nein, absolut enttäuschendes Ale und den Hype samt Preis fürs Gebotene nicht wert. Daran ändert auch nichts, dass ich weiß, dass ich soeben Flasche-No. 011413 getrunken habe, denn Genuß stellt sich hier leider nicht ein. Definitiv nicht mein Bier! Test vom 6.6.2011, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,10,6,6,13,6 - 7,25

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 50cl. Bottle # 051049. Almost clear on the glass, golden in color and topped by a finger-thick beige to off-white head. Sugary nose with pine cones, mint hints and some alcohol. The flavor is sweet, almost like white sugar, with some alcohol and a pleasant piney bitterness. Full-bodied, warming and with a nice carbonation level. Bitter, sweet and warming in the finish. Overall, too sweet I think, but it’s still a fine beer. 120106

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2006) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
500ml bottle. Amber with a decent tan head that lightly fades to thin layer. Sweet fruit malts, musty, toffee, prune, raisin, light vinous notes, bit of brown sugar and light spice. Low carbonation and moderate body, mostly sweet and fruity with some alcohol, hint of bitterness at the very end as the palate dries out nicely but then more fruit and sweet malts overwhelm. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepeter (278) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
2009 Vintage from Waitrose A - Clear copper red. Very bright and pretty in the light. slight head that does not stick around very long S -SWEET! Butterscotch, caramel malts, some apple and a tiny bit of booze T - Toasted nutty flavor with some caramel and roasted malt. a bit of fruits (apple and grape) and a nice clean dry finish. M - Velvety smooth, perfect carbonation and goes down so easy. D - For it’s strength I think this is extremely drinkable and this is a beer I typically split but am drinking alone this time, I am not complaining though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1365) - Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle - small foamy head, dark red color, very sweet malty aroma and flavor, some alcohol and fruity kind of notes, can’t place it exactly, but very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Tasted it a long time ago, and these are my notes from that session: Nose: raisin, dark dry fruit, vinous elements, a leathery quality, nose: raisin, caramel, dry fruit and vinous and leathery aromas emerge. Mouthfeel: full body, very little carbonation. Taste: spicy, big malt character, lots of dry fruit, almonds ,hints of tobacco, citrusy (orange-like?), not much bitterness, Finish: sweet fruit remniscent of bananas and pear, raisins, alcohol. Overall: Very complex, tends on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (1632) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
Ett elegant och välbalanserat öl av högsta kvalitet. Smakrik och komplex. Här finns plommon, röda bär, sirap, dessertvin, russin, mörk söt choklad. Till detta kommer en lång och lagom besk eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (920) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2012
(bottle #005371) Clear ruby amber with no head. Aroma has raisins, sherry, brandy and hint of black treacle. Full bodied, even sticky, with carbonation poised between creaminess and brighter fizziness. Rich flavour starts with sweet raisin and toffee and develops burnt toffee notes that lead to a bittersweet finish. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the flavour towards the end. Overall a very impressive beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 5th August 2009
Cask at GBBF. Clear brown beer. Semi dry and semi soft palate. Rich sweet malt. Hints of Port and Brandy. Finishes semi dry with a little cherry. Nice but less impressive than older vintages. 3.5

31th May 2011
Hazy red - amber beer, nice pale cream coloured head. Smooth softish palate. Rich malt, very creamy and with a trace of toffee. Really nicely balanced with some bitter hops kicking in towards the semi dry finish. Just a very nice barleywine!

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