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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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

bottled
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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 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1124) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2010
Sweet and toasty nose with a good depth. Pours a lovely deep copper with a fluffy tan head. The flavour, though not the best Vintage Iíve had, still delivers in spades - plenty of resiny raisins and buttery malts leading to a gently alcoholic finish with a lingering moerish maltiness on the back of the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle. Reddish dark orange, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. The flavour is sweet, caramel, malt and hops with a hint of nuts and alcohol. Slightly bitter finish, medium to full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1117) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle, stored cool. Copper color, tan head. Lead pencil and oak aroma. Licorice and juicy malts, some fruity notes. Full body, medium-light carbonation. Signature vintage malt flavor which has probably dried out a bit with time. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1106) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1082) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
Bottled 2009, no 022193. Hazy orange brown color, white head. Aroma is malts, oak, sweetness. Balanced malty body, oak, little alcohol, some licorice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiogŤne (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden with a lasting foamy off-white head. Aroma is malty with floral hops, cereals, alcohol and caramel. Flavor is very malty with caramel, alcohol, fruits, floral hops. Final is well balanced with a nice touch of warming alcohol. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Very good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scotty (1044) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2010
Stunningly good beer, rich, malty and spicy, so well balanced. Superb finish that lasts for ages, Iíll probably still taste this in the morning! Bought this at Waitrose, Ponteland. Have to say that I was surprised at some of the ratings, however, this is the first Vintage Iíve tried, I thought it was stunning, if this is a poor example, Iíd love to try a good one! Happy Birthday Martin!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1033) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
Aged 2 years. Pours a clear ruby red with no head to speak of. Sweet syrupy malt aroma, light yeast. Flavour to match - dark sweet fruits (overripe plum, cherry) with no noticeable hop character. Thick coating body, very light carbonation. Pleasant, but not stellar.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (962) - 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.


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