espenra (801) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
l bottle at HŚndverkerstuene. Bottle 069562. Red amber colour with a minimal head. Aroma feels a bit off. Very sweet with notes of plums, caramel malts, toffee and some hints of alcohol. Some hints of dust. Flavour is full with notes caramel, syrup and plums. Some alcohol. Sweet. Medium long aftertaste. Unfortunately it was a letdown compared to the 2010 version, although i all fairness it improved after a while.
Pyobon (800) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
k0mpsa (771) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2009, no 022193. Hazy orange brown color, white head. Aroma is malts, oak, sweetness. Balanced malty body, oak, little alcohol, some licorice.
gilvanblight (732) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very reddish brown pour. Thin head that does seem to last. Very malty scent. Roasty and nutty. Nice rich taste. Thick and deep. Slightly warming. Nuts and roasted malty sweetness. Very well balanced. Excellent carbonation level. Best beer I have had in quite some time. Glad I accidentally bought two of these.
wilderthanyou (718) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit of a let down when compared to the other fullers vintage but still a good beer. Pours an amber colour with a short lived white head. The aroma is at first very metallic with only a light floral hop coming through, as the beer warms the metallic smell disappears and the aroma becomes dominated by notes of caramel and apple cider with light notes of oak. The flavour is caramalts, apple cider, a light oakiness and a touch of bourbon in the finish. There is a bit of alcohol sweetness and some warmth coming through from the abv. All and all a decent brew, just not as good as I expected, the oakiness was strange, iím pretty sure this isnít oak aged, but it was a pleasant touch.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first fuller vintage ale. Nice presentation int he red box. Bottle number :129412 This has a stunning amber clear color starting with lots of bubbling that faded. The aroma was heavy on biscuit malt with some caramel behind it. Druid fruit like raisins but also some orange and spice. Reminded me of a spiced fruit cake. Some wine notes just hinted at. The taste brings a very smooth maltiness with gentle sweetness and a slight tinge of alcohol on the tongue. Palate is very faint carbonation with the smoothness so liked of a bottle conditioned ale. medium dry finish.
NeoHippie2 (650) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #122698. Pours a red/amber with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor has lots of dried fruit character with nice malty goodness coming through. Slightly warming finish, this has really developed nicely over time. Perfectly balanced. Great beer.
Malty_MacHops (630) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When drinking this I had to remind myself what it was and rate it also on sticking with the style. Given the age this had on it as the flavors had blended well but it was a little boozy. It had a sweet malty aroma with alcohol. It had a whiskey color with little head. Carbonation was mild. The palate was smooth and oily. The flavors were of caramelized malts with very little hops appearing. It had a sharp finish of burnt sugar or raisin with more alcohol. I think I remember liking the 2008 Vintage better.
berlinoise2go (555) - NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.