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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: 273   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielyabu (1247) - Uni„o da Vitůria, BRAZIL - AUG 22, 2010
large frothy off white head. mostly diminishing. good lacing. clear thin amber body. aroma: wood, strong hops and malt, honey and chocolate. if: moderate bitter light sweet. ff: heavy bitter moderate sweet; long duration. palate: medium full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and metallic and light alcoholic finish. aquecimento alcoolico galopante. sabor amadeirado, com amargor de lupulo, toques salgados. dulÁor muito bem trabalhado, evolui na boca. espetacular cerveja. 300s

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
Boxed pint bottle from BC Liquor at 39th and Cambie. Amber colored beer with a small off-white head that settles fast and leaves basically no lacings. Thereís quite a lot of fruit aromas in the nose, sweetish and almost reminiscent of sweet fruit marmalade. Notes of leafy hops, wood and alcohol in the smell as well. The taste is very sweet with notes of sweet vinous fruits, dark bread and leafy and peppery hops. Hereís something that reminds me of maple syrup or resin or something. Itís very malty with decent supplementing hop notes, but the malts lack complexity and depths. The finish as some alcohol to in and is quite bitter with notes of spices and leafy hops. It has a medium body and quite a smooth texture, but the carbonation is a little bit too lively for it to come out as anything even reminiscent of a sipper. All in all, I felt this one was a bit unbalanced at the moment, kind of harsh out of tune. I doubt it will age as well as previous years since it lacks the depth in flavour. Perhaps the first misstep by Fullers with this otherwise consistently stellar beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cirrhosis (1224) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle #040451. Great beer, just plain and simply a great beer. Honey brown with some copper, a limited tan cap was floating on top but left behind a impressive bubble ring the lasted long a created good lacing. Aroma is weaker then I would hope for but still good. Hops the aroma of carbonation, this gives way to a creamy malt presence and on deep inhales cherry and alcohol are noticed. Taste is light and smooth with a big mostly malt presence. Cherry, some coffe and a perfect hops flavor that leave a lingering bitter in the mouth. Good amount of woody alcohol to warm the stomach without over heating the beer. Perfect blend of bitter sweet and alcohol make this an easy and enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle 6299 courtesy of Fullers. Still a bit hazy with a very thin head, not much lace at all. Sweet, but some maltiness, not too thick on the nose. Mouth is a little bit thick, quite green still, still some obvious alcohol, and a little bit treacley, without the moth feel to go with it. Bit disjointed, but it will get better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1159) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2009
500mL bottle from the LCBO. Bottle #038629. Poured a more or less clear ruby amber with a medium khaki head. The aroma is really muted, Brit malts and minor hops, Fuggles perhaps. Bready but not enough to please someone like myself who tends to love that aroma. Flavour starts out with some okay malt character, Marris Otter? Canít really tell. Chrystal and some minor toffee. Fruity esters, cherry, berry, grape, not a whole lot going on. Finish is quite dry, hoppy but without much hop flavour. Palate is too thin, bland almost. Other vintages just had so much more to them, thereís not heart to this one. What happened Fullerís? By no means a bad beer but not at all close to the level of quality and enjoyment I would expect from this series of beers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1140) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1126) - 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.


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