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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: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (40504) - 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 (3424) - 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 (6930) - 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 (11528) - 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 (25069) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
Clear amber with a medium beige head. Malty aroma with hints of hops, pine and fruits. Flavour had pine, grapefruits, toasted malt and ripe fruits. Finished sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours cloudy amber with small amount of beige head. Lots of honey sweetness to balance the alcohol, nice hoppy finish. I look forward to trying again afer some aging

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2010
500ml bottle, no. 036591, clean amber color, with a light beige head, toasted, biscuity, caramelized malt, fruity nose of shy candied peaches, orange peels, with a light brandyish accent, faint toffee, honeyed dried sultana raisin note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth, sweet toasted, biscuity, caramel malt, brandyish, fruity character of dried raisins, smooth candied orange peel and peaches, with some mild sponge toffee, cookie doough flavours, leading towards a warming, sweet malty, brandyish, fruity, lingering hop dryness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
Aroma of honey. Some hops. Flat/boring. But could be something for the wife. Sampled at the ølfestival.

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