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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14562) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle at Kō10. Hazy red colour. The flavour is sweet. Good alcohol burn. Nice maltiness. Tastes good now, in 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14283) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13462) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, hops, little bitter, toffee, little sweet and a little rip fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13301) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, spices, caramel. Flavour is sweet, hop, alcohol, yeast, caramel, fruit, spices.. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12947) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle No. 118663. Pours a clear, brilliant copper with a good foamy light beige head. Aromas of nicely roasted caramel and floral hop. Near full bodied with really foamy carbonation. Flavor is spicey, floral hoppy over a nice roast malt. Suggests a tobacco note in a way. Also quite fruity. The spicey hot bits hit the tongue. This is a smooth and drinkable ale. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle. Poured copper color with medium white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium toasted malt and dough aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to moderate duration. Good interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
(500ml bottle, No. 003174, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grass, raisins, herbs, caramel, and light oxidation. Flavor of caramel, grass, light pine, raisins, and some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12044) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Light amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. MOderate biter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Cask at GBBF 2009. Amber with a small white head. Malty aroma with fruit and a hint of orange peel and marmalade. Sweet toffee flavour with a roasted note, and hot alcohol. Here is why they are labeled vintage: They should NOT be drunk fresh! I definitely need a few for the cellar.

July 2010 at home: Bready malt and fresh grain in the nose, with orange and other citrus, and peppery spice. Malty flavour with lots of fruit and some spice and cherry. Nice and dry with a fruity sweetness, but still rather hot alcohol.

May 2011: Adds a honey note to the aroma, and a bit more malt richness in flavour. But still unsophisticated raw alcohol after nearly two years. Doesnít seem like the best vintage

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
On pouring, a lovely raisiny aroma, but in the glass itís less sweet and less raisiny. Still pleasantly so, but thereís a wateriness to it, a touch of minerals even. Thinnish when cold, but on a little warming fills out nicely. Sweetish malts, woody, a little nutty. Lacking the bitterness of hops that other vintages have had. Definitely much better as it warms. Probably not worth cracking opening the next bottle for 3-5 years, this feels like it needs to autolyse and age abit.

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