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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 294   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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1993) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - FEB 6, 2010
Appearance: Brownish red. Nice off-white head. Bottle no 82748. Aroma: Dark malt and dark fruit. Prunes. Nice. Taste: Dark malt and fruit. Warming. Info: 500 ml bottle, 31/12-2009, (171/300)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
Very reddish brown pour. Thin head that does seem to last. Very malty scent. Roasty and nutty. Nice rich taste. Thick and deep. Slightly warming. Nuts and roasted malty sweetness. Very well balanced. Excellent carbonation level. Best beer I have had in quite some time. Glad I accidentally bought two of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (2839) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
Ett elegant och välbalanserat öl av högsta kvalitet. Smakrik och komplex. Här finns plommon, röda bär, sirap, dessertvin, russin, mörk söt choklad. Till detta kommer en lång och lagom besk eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Notes of toffee, dark fruits, and a slightly vinous almost sherry like quality. Deep brown with almost no head. Balanced between deep malty notes and earthy complex bitterness. Medium to full bodied almost flat with a complex warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erzengel (7889) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2013
Rating from 2011: Rot-Braun ergießt sich das Bier ins Glas, beige-brauner Schaum. Süßlicher Ale-Geruch. Der Antrunk ist vollaromatisch, Strongaletypisch, leicht holzig. Aromenreichtum, der sich im Hauptteil noch weiter entfaltet. Hinzu kommt eine toll herbe Note, die zu dem holzig-weinartigen Ton des Bieres passt! Reife rote Kirschen, Pflaumen, Dazu herb-trocken! Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, intensiv, vollmundig. Den Alkoholgeschmack ist nicht zu merken! --> Sehr leckeres Ale!! Toll, aromenreich, schwer! --> 13/12/13/13

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dohny (358) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Poured from bottle. Brown color, slightly hazy, minimal tan head. Aroma: malt, tofee, leather. Sweetness of caramel malts, raisins, dried fruits is well ballance with bitterness of noble hops in finish. Full body, smooth, warming, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doofgoblin (495) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2014
Excellent! Aroma is toffee, raisins, and caramel. Wow is this buttery like rum? Taste is tons of caramel sweetness that taste slightly toasted with some hints of raisins. The finish is so unbelievably smooth. This is an exceptional beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Bottle at Tony’s Place in Ivyland. This was a real treat. Although this beer can be even better aged, it was a great drink before dinner. Pours a rich copper red. Head is light and off white. Aroma is malt and caramel. Hops are there but not overly there. Goldings hops. Smooth and rich, alcohol is 8.5 but hardly noticed. This is a fantastic beer. I bought 2 extra to age a year or 2. Well worth it!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Tasted it a long time ago, and these are my notes from that session: Nose: raisin, dark dry fruit, vinous elements, a leathery quality, nose: raisin, caramel, dry fruit and vinous and leathery aromas emerge. Mouthfeel: full body, very little carbonation. Taste: spicy, big malt character, lots of dry fruit, almonds ,hints of tobacco, citrusy (orange-like?), not much bitterness, Finish: sweet fruit remniscent of bananas and pear, raisins, alcohol. Overall: Very complex, tends on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (2019) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle, 3 years old, courtesy of paulhegedus - thanks a lot! Pours gorgeous clear dark amber, with tan lacing. Aroma of sweet grapes (think Welch’s), and slight butterscotch. Super smooth taste with fruit (raisins, grapes being strongest), butterscotch, and some very slight roasty notes. Slight alcoholic finish. Great stuff!

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