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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12562) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12527) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12303) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (12192) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. Clear rusty dark orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, tea, some alcohol, some sweetness, raisins and a bit soapy. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (11940) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
500mL bottle, pours amber with a beige head. Caramel malts and honey dominate the nose. Flavour of dark fruits, caramel, honey and alcohol. Excellent one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11870) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11841) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks SÝren.
Finished off with this after 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Pours completely clear amber with a nice, small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malts, light biscuity and with some herbal, spicy hops. Highish carbonation, fine dry mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, malty, light citric and vinious. Quite delicious but still rather young.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
brown amber , small white head falvor is nutty, hoppy. overall is nicely sweet malty, wellballanced,

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11662) - Escondido, California, 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 (11456) - 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 - doesnít look as complex as in the past years


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