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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: melted hues of peaches, apricots, and ginger. Coppery pithy head fades to a blotchy broken blanket with a bubbly collar. Swirls thicker along the edges.
Nose: sweet orangey marmalade dough with mangos and kumquats. Apple pulp, slightly musty. Nutty home baked bread in the background. Fruitcake with candied fruits and sugars; maraschino and pineapple. Caramelized pecans. Essence of fall spices along with the essence of Autumn – fallen leaves on an earthen floor damp with dew. Underlying musk and must, leather. Mulled cider.
Palate: chewy and musty – doughy, spiced, meaty, and yeasty. Apple orchards replete with leaves, mulch, earth, undergrowth, and dew drops. Candied fruitcake, homemade and soft – mango, papaya, peaches. Tang of toffee sweetness underneath. Cinnamon apple pie and honeycomb. Sticky lips. Complex and full of Autumnal flavors. Chestnuts and treacle with a slowly growing tickle of warmth and spice in the throat and chest.
Final Thoughts: overall another lovely addition to the Vintage Ale series from Fullers. All releases are limited, numbered, and cellarable so I look forward to seeing how she ages with time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 5, 2010
Ok, avrei dovuto farla invecchiare di più (semicit.), però ne ho altre due in cantina e quindi non mi sono fatto molti scrupoli: barley wine complesso e ben maltato, piuttosto corposa e con qualche asprezza che spero si smusserà nel tempo.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1754) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 (Bottle number 022907) I tried this cask with chriso i think last year @ ’the Ealing beer fest’ and thought it was erratic and too syrupy . Ok, that was a hot 90 degree day in west London ...this is a cold night in Kent for context sake .....
the nose is seductive .. sticky, fruity acccented with vibrance ...Syrupy malts are rich and intoxicating ...some sugars ,booze, apple esters , caramel ...very nice on my nasal
This beer head lacks the strenght of the 2005 and that’s ironic....its subtle beige and messy
On my palate this opens midly , the rich notes one would expect slowly intergrate on the palate but are frigid at first...notes of toffee , lots of apple , cherry ,raisin bread ,spicy earthy hop bitterness ..But the flavours are lacking balls im afraid ....
I feel jaded like this ale...
(Bottle number 008324) this looks better than the last bottle ...robust sandy shade of beige above deep glowing redness.... fruity nose , cherry , smoke ,apple , smoky ..with a huge slice of sugary laden malt
Tastes just like the last bottle ,no real variation like the complex twists seen in several 2004’s , its solid , but im looking for gold in a swamp.
(bottle no. 007816) more plump and soulful from this bottle and just proves how variable these beers are but that makes it cool dissecting . plump and rich maltiness.cherry notes reside in sugary boozed up pleasentries..earthy hops swim through the syrupy aspects of this more textured bottle. My last from my cluster of vintages and ive enjoyed umm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @joes. Copper/brown color. Smells sweet, a bit bourbon, malty. Tastes sweet, malty, bourbon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1741) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
500 ml bottle # 016783 Clear medium copper, smaller creamy tan head settles and mostly fades. Musty aroma of strong sweet malt. Sweet malty taste, caramel, toffee, some fruitiness, backseat earthy floral herbal hops, a lil’ boozy and slightly oily. Soft carbonation, medium-full bodied, lightly hopped. A little disappointing. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear amber, flashes of red & gold. Thin off-white head, spotty/ropey lacing. Nose is charcoal, fruits, honeycomb, marmalade, florals, privet, something musky here too.Palate is flavorful and warming, booze shows through as a brandyish character, still some hop character left in the brew, malt, toffee, red licorice; Finish is spicy and drying. Boozy for 8.5%, I’d have guessed it to be much higher.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1678) - Hopville, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1674) - 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 Welch’s), and slight butterscotch. Super smooth taste with fruit (raisins, grapes being strongest), butterscotch, and some very slight roasty notes. Slight alcoholic finish. Great stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Psytron (1665) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2011
The scent is fruity and nonsurprising. That’s why the surprise in taste was so big. A bit fruity to start with, but with a strong flavour of licorice directly afterwards. The somewhat high alcohol content fits in perfectly. Should buy one more bottle of this and store it for some years.


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