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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 280   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14462) - Ashford, Kent, - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle 63349 from The Bottle Shop. I like this beer. I like this beer with a couple of years on it. Hazy deep orange amber with thick lasting beige head. Syrupy malty spicy aroma. Candied fruits fruit peel. Black pepper hop aroma. Mmmmm warm juicy lovely malts with lots of lemon and orange peel. Smooth carbonation. Good pepper hop. Good spicyness. I do like this beer. Just a touch of mustiness on aroma. But I love the fruit in the mouth. Smmoth caramel in mouth along with the fruit. Tasty as hell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4975) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
This poured a mahogany color with mo head at all, almost still really. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit, and oxidation Flavor was as oxidized as the aroma.suggested, sweet, caramel, toffee and.figs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1989) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
BA tasting. Pours a clear dark to medium brown. No head. Arms of sweet caramel. Vanilla. Taste is sweet. Dark fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (673) - USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle thanks to Sean -- Poured into a pint glass. Looked muddy brown with little to no head. Smelled of caramel and booze. Flavor was perhaps a bit stale, but otherwise gave me the impression that an old ale turned into a caramel liqueur. Tasted good, drank well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3317) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 29, 2014
500ml bottle nr. 009590 (thanks FatPhil). Clear copper color. Caramel, malty, berries, raisins, candy in aroma. Raisins, caramel, plum stones, woody taste. Sugars are all gone and feels bit thin. Dry woody aftertaste. As it warms taste improves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9900) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4974) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2014
(Bottle, 0.5 l - #9590, courtesy of FatPhil, 20141227) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, raisins, dried plum, molasses and caramel. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramel, molasses, raisins, dried plum, earth and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, caramelly and bitter. A very nicely aged well done strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours amber with off white head. Aroma and taste of caramel, malts, and hints of booze

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4282) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. The look is Amber in color, beige colored head, and clear. The smell is butter. Rolls, fruit, sugar, and good. The taste is alcohol, fruit, sweet, caramelized, and ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4081) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, apple pie, brown sugar, toast, light oxidation. Taste is of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, light herbal notes, biscuit, toast, and baked apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7764) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Bottle #020621. (Fullerís) London, the UK. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
A dark amber colour with a tiny frothy off-white head. Sugary sweetness, alcohol, dark fruits, mild hops and mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is sugary, sweet, berry hoppy and malty with some alcohol. Surprisingly thin after the other vintages. Thin and sweet. A first disappointment.

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