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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chudwick (2499) - 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 (8061) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle #054828. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear copper with a moderate, beige head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose is big and bold, with loads of caramel, candy sugar, figs, brandy and a touch of English hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, brown sugar, fruit and just a hint of hops towards the end. A hint of sherry comes through late, and it closes with a delicate peppery, slightly alcoholic finish. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great English strong ale--malty and sweet, with a huge amount of complexity. A beautiful brew that has aged and mellowed nicely. 2013-01-07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13482) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle share at Ma Che, Roma, 09/02/13. #57504 from Fullers store. Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head which clears to the edge. Nose carries dates, almonds, dark fruits, malts, brown sugars. Taste comprises dark malts, dates, prunes, sugars, toffee. Full end of medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a sweetish finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10888) - SÝborg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Fruits, sweetness, caramel, light spice, some brown sugar. Flavour: Brown sugar, caramel, sweetness, some ripe fruits, some herbs, some spice. Nice. Medium to full bodied. Ends sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1381) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 11, 2013
09/02/2013 500ml bottle (thanks Theydon_Bois!). Ambrata-miele, un filo torbida, schiuma non abbondantissima e poco persistente. Al naso un buon mix di frutta matura, mela cotta, caramello, pane e miele. In bocca conferma le sensazioni olfattive, con una bella nota di miele, amarognola nel retrogusto. Peccato che alla lunga risulti un poí stucchevole. Corpo medio, carbonazione leggera. Discreta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Hazy bright gold. 1 finger head. Nose of caramel and hops. Very sweet and honey Very sweet. Syrupy and hoppy lemon on the finish Medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (15094) - 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 (1659) - 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.

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