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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 278   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14382) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich dried fruits, caramel, malt and hops. Nicely balanced with perfect sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1608) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
The 3rd fullers pulled from the cellar in this tasting spate - cloudy unfiltered dark amber with a smallish cap. Aroma has dark fruits and sweet malts in perfect balance with some sharp grassy hop notes. Flavor is a mellow conglomerate of sweet malts, fruity esters and some complexity with a distinct finish that showcases the hops. Unlike the previous sweeter vintages this one has some perfectly integrated hop bittering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Notes of toffee, dark fruits, and a slightly vinous almost sherry like quality. Deep brown with almost no head. Balanced between deep malty notes and earthy complex bitterness. Medium to full bodied almost flat with a complex warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottled 31/12/12. An amber coloured beer with a whiitsh head and lacing. Sweet and nutty. A candy sugar Belgian note to it. Moussey. Characterful but a bit messed up in comparison to other years. A good body. Tasty but oversweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (58) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 30, 2012
500 ml bottle bought at Ambrosetti, Berlin, in September, 2011, tasted in December, 2012. Murky amber with beige head that went down rather quickly. Very strong aroma of honey, fruits and caramel with hints of alcohol. Very sweet, maybe to sweet for an ale, full taste, low carbonation. I liked it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2001) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
500 mL bottle. Cellared since new. Almost clear chestnut brown with very little head. Strong aroma has bruised fruit, as nice a caramel aroma as Iíve ever smelled, and a touch of booze. The flavor is quite complex as well, with the sweet fruit, caramel, and alcohol, along with a sharper fruit note, possibly apple, and burnt sugar. Carbonation is medium-low, possibly due to age. Whatever, itís perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (631) - SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2012
Not much thick head but something along the fine line. Heady and powerful bouquet which is not at all in your face but thereís a treasure trove of flavours in there. A light acidity followed by oak, bananas ansd vinous qualities. Full but not at all cloying.Crisp and still telatively youthful. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1216) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle, 3 years old, courtesy of paulhegedus - thanks a lot! Pours gorgeous clear dark amber, with tan lacing. Aroma of sweet grapes (think Welchís), and slight butterscotch. Super smooth taste with fruit (raisins, grapes being strongest), butterscotch, and some very slight roasty notes. Slight alcoholic finish. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2046) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2012
Bottled (number 017168) from biernavigatie.nl. Dark brown colored, off-white head. Caramel malty nose, raisins, Christmas pudding, British hops. Balanced sweet and somewhat bitter flavor, lots of caramel, malty. Lasting finish. Very much a winter beer. Sampled at 3 years old, but most likely could use some additional aging. You canít go wrong with a Fullers Vintage Ale, and although this is not my favorite one of the series, itís still absolutely high quality stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4971) - 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.

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