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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (9853) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2011
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet malty, caramel and dried fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 270511

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9839) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9829) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle. Amber color. Malty, slightly salty toffee aroma. Malty sweetish buttery and alcoholic flavor with pinches of salt and cookie dough. Hints of mint and butter cookies in the aftertaste. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (9651) - Sřborg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Fruits, sweetness, caramel, light spice, some brown sugar. Flavour: Brown sugar, caramel, sweetness, some ripe fruits, some herbs, some spice. Nice. Medium to full bodied. Ends sweet and fruity.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2011
Bottle no 51720. Amber color, nice creamy beige head. Some particles in the beer. Caramel and toffee arom, nutty, figs and raisins, milky notes and some almond. Malty flavor, some alcohol, toffe, almond, figs and raisins. Finishes with almond and some alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9096) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle 138760. Pours lightly hazy amber with an average, frothy off-white head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, light toast) with moderate earthy hops and fruity esters, medium sugar notes. Flavor is moderate sweet malt with aggressive hop bitterness and spicy, peppery alcohol. The beer balances more towards the malt with a lingering dryness from the alcohol and hops. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2010
from erzbierschof.ch - pours a very clear red-amber colour with a poor head retention; chewy malts in the nose, caramel, hops and red fruits; sweet and sticky; full-bodied and with a fair but subtle carbonation; a decent bitterness and a long malty and fruity hoppy finish - doesn’t look as complex as in the past years

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromasof carmel, toffee, fruittiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, fruittiness, light spice and a hint of earthiness with a crisp warming lingering sweet toffee finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8585) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle(#017208):Amber coloured, stable and lacy and creamy off-white foam, nuts or almonds, dried fruits and/or raisins and a touch of port-wine in the complex nose; moderate to solid sweet flavour with a slight bitterness, full bodied; more bitterness in the still sweet fruity-vinous-caramally finish. Heavy and nice…

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottled 31/12/12. An amber coloured beer with a whiitsh head and lacing. Sweet and nutty. A candy sugar Belgian note to it. Moussey. Characterful but a bit messed up in comparison to other years. A good body. Tasty but oversweet.


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