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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scotty (1131) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2010
Stunningly good beer, rich, malty and spicy, so well balanced. Superb finish that lasts for ages, Iíll probably still taste this in the morning! Bought this at Waitrose, Ponteland. Have to say that I was surprised at some of the ratings, however, this is the first Vintage Iíve tried, I thought it was stunning, if this is a poor example, Iíd love to try a good one! Happy Birthday Martin!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 9, 2009
Awesome. I love the vintage ales. The best part of the holiday season is when I first see the boxes they come in! I think this is nearly flawless. Wood, hops, alcohol, caramel, excellent flavor progression!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
carlosbela (55) - S„o Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 13, 2010
amber, orange, hazy, minimal head, white foam, caramel, herbs, floral, alcohol, woody, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, fizzy, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sound67 (603) - Offenbach, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2009
There are no better-balanced ales nor esbís in the world than those from the Fullers brewery. How do they do it ... ? :=)))) 50cl bottle, design as usual. Bottle No. 049395. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a creamy, medium-sized off-white head. Good retention, limited lacing. Aroma of stewed prunes, lemon, roasted malt and yeast. Medium- to heavy-bodied esb with moderate carbonation. Thick, oily but still earthy mouth feel. Canít be bettered. As Iíve come to expect from this company, the flavour is a heady, complex mix of fruity, spicy and resinous notes that include prunes, lemon, herbal spices, licorice, oak and toffee. An alluring semi-sweetness at first, soon to be balanced by an attack of bitter and sour notes, with a strong, resinous and bitter finish and a lingering semi-sweet, alcoholic after taste. Yummy! Iím hooked. The most complex, smoothest, most sessionable esb I know of - it just doesnít get better than this! Belgian beers - overrated, the whole lot them (And too sickly-sweet by half!) English ales - underrated, again, the whole lot. I hope some day people will realize ... what took me years to realize.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Psytron (1750) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2011
The scent is fruity and nonsurprising. Thatís why the surprise in taste was so big. A bit fruity to start with, but with a strong flavour of licorice directly afterwards. The somewhat high alcohol content fits in perfectly. Should buy one more bottle of this and store it for some years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3823) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
bread, roasty, caramel, grass, floral, herbs, barnyard, dough, basement aromas, alcohol, cooked vegetables, vanilla, red, clear, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, salty, medium body, sticky, lively, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2542) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Best by 12/2012 for the 2009 vintage bottle #116,697 but I couldnít wait, pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and light alcohol nose, flavor follows with dark fruit and alcohol. $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julioís Liquors Westborough, Ma. And this was written Dec 2010 for the 2007 Vintage: Its time, the label says best by end of 2010 bottle #129078. Pours a off-white one finger head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, with some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light caramel nose. Flavor is some caramel, toffee, higher ABV is hidden. Very light bitter finish. $6.99 for a 500ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH (now closed). It rates a four. Hereís what I wrote in May 2002 for a 2000 Vintage: Strong carbonation and head, malty, good after taste, smells like a triple. Too bad it is limited to 85,000 bottles but maybe it is a good idea - at $9.95 for 500ml one could go broke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (866) - SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2012
Not much thick head but something along the fine line. Heady and powerful bouquet which is not at all in your face but thereís a treasure trove of flavours in there. A light acidity followed by oak, bananas ansd vinous qualities. Full but not at all cloying.Crisp and still telatively youthful. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle #122698. Pours a red/amber with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor has lots of dried fruit character with nice malty goodness coming through. Slightly warming finish, this has really developed nicely over time. Perfectly balanced. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark, clear amber with a decent, sudsy white head. Aroma: Pear, caramel, vanilla, herbal hops, and a slight hint of booze. Taste: Dry cocoa,milk chocolate,bitter and herbal hops, plum, apple and dark booze. Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy. Overall: Magnificent, a true classic. It smelled so good, it took me 15 minutes before taking my first sip.

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