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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (36036) - 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]

3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3081) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4919) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
caramel, bread, toast, roasty, golden, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (1795) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber colour with medium creamy white mostly lasting head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel. Sweet flavor. Alcohol finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2011
Bottled N.020627. Fulfilled malty nose with some syrop hints. Pale beige head. Fast disappearing. Slightly bsweet malty taste. Roastiness and syrop and dark fruits in the taste. Average hoppiness. Warming alcohol. At the end some hoppy bitterness. Fine beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29848) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2011
Bottled. A slightly hazy red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, toffee, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of bread, malt, toffee, and some fruits, leading to a sweet and dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
Aged 2 years. Pours a clear ruby red with no head to speak of. Sweet syrupy malt aroma, light yeast. Flavour to match - dark sweet fruits (overripe plum, cherry) with no noticeable hop character. Thick coating body, very light carbonation. Pleasant, but not stellar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kingi (496) - - JUN 1, 2013
oak on the nose and taste. dark copper colour light head. alcohol pushes through a bit. light sweetness on the taste. finish could be longer. good ale with a mature taste, good with cheeses but a bit too oaky alcohol on its own.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5966) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home. Bottle #020914, BBE 12/2012
Aroma is slightly sweet with strong grainy notes, toffee and some moldy notes. Flavour has toffee, woody notes and English hops. Finishes with unpleasant alcohol tones. Definitely a disappointment, 2008 was a lot better at this age.


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