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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 5, 2010
Ok, avrei dovuto farla invecchiare di più (semicit.), però ne ho altre due in cantina e quindi non mi sono fatto molti scrupoli: barley wine complesso e ben maltato, piuttosto corposa e con qualche asprezza che spero si smusserà nel tempo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
bottle, thanks to SS, almond amber colored pour with off white soapy foam, fruity metallic aroma, flavors of dried apricots, metallics, fruity medicinal finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
(500ml bottle #3174 thanks to blutt59) clear rich orange pour with few white bubbles. Nose of candied orange, syrup, golden raisins and funky. Taste of toasty grain, sweet orange, golden raisins, alcohol, biscuit with a creamy well carbonated body and a spicy kick at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle. Poured copper color with medium white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium toasted malt and dough aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to moderate duration. Good interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 09, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.
Clear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fresh berry, prune. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Way to young have to more mature, before drinking. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090804]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2009
An amber colored beer with a small off-white head that settles fast and leaves basically no lacings. There’s quite a lot of fruit aromas in the nose, sweetish and almost reminiscent of sweet fruit marmalade. Notes of leafy hops, wood and alcohol in the smell as well. The taste is very sweet with notes of sweet vinous fruits, dark bread and leafy and peppery hops. Here’s something that reminds me of maple syrup or resin or something. It’s very malty with decent supplementing hop notes, but the malts lack complexity and depths. The finish as some alcohol to in and is quite bitter with notes of spices and leafy hops. It has a medium body and quite a smooth texture, but the carbonation is a little bit too lively for it to come out as anything even reminiscent of a sipper. All in all, I felt this one was a bit unbalanced at the moment, kind of harsh out of tune. But with some age on it, it might very well turn to the better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3739) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2009
Brown bottle, 500 ml, in a box, number 054950, best before in 2012, purchased at the LCBO on November 13 2009, savoured on December 3 2009; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, beige head that turns into a tiny ring, light lacing; nose: malt, orange, alcohol, fruity (light banana?); mouth: malt, grain, alcohol, tiny hint of hops, orange, light fruity (banana?), finale in alcohol with presence of caramel, not much carbonation, slightly bitter, lightly sweet, slightly liqueur-like texture; overall: somewhat disappointing FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, dans une boîte, numéro 054950, meilleure avant fin 2012, achetée à la LCBO achetée le 13 novembre 2009, savourée le 3 décembre 2009; œil : cuivrée, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse beige qui se transforme en un petit anneau, légère dentelle; nez : malt, orange, alcool, fruité (léger banane?); bouche : malt, grain, alcool, petite pointe de houblon, orange, fruité (léger banane?), finale en alcool avec présence de caramel, peu carbonatée, très légèrement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement liquoreuse; en résumé : un peu décevante

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2010
Small coarseish offwhite head doesn’t last. Amber body. Fruity caramelly wooden aroma with spicy notes. Dry-sweetish caramelly wooden oranges taste with spicy notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dryish fruity oranges aftertaste. Very good, but boring compared to the aged vintages. (0.5l bottle, thanks to KnutAlbert.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12387) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: APR 3, 2010 Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear amber with a smallish off-white head. Aroma has some caramel, overripe fruit and alcohol. Solid body, caramel and fruit with quite some alcohol and a very present bitterness in the finish. 270310

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