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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
My friends and I always save these beers for special occasions. This one was enjoyed at a recent dinner club gathering that we do several times per year. This is always a complex, sophisticated ale that is best enjoyed with good friends who truly appreciate good beer. Pours a beautiful amber color with a modest off white head. Aroma is of sweet malt and brown sugar, and dark fruits. Flavor has sweet malts, dark fruit, molasses, and a warming lingering finish that is reminscent of a good brandy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: melted hues of peaches, apricots, and ginger. Coppery pithy head fades to a blotchy broken blanket with a bubbly collar. Swirls thicker along the edges.
Nose: sweet orangey marmalade dough with mangos and kumquats. Apple pulp, slightly musty. Nutty home baked bread in the background. Fruitcake with candied fruits and sugars; maraschino and pineapple. Caramelized pecans. Essence of fall spices along with the essence of Autumn Ė fallen leaves on an earthen floor damp with dew. Underlying musk and must, leather. Mulled cider.
Palate: chewy and musty Ė doughy, spiced, meaty, and yeasty. Apple orchards replete with leaves, mulch, earth, undergrowth, and dew drops. Candied fruitcake, homemade and soft Ė mango, papaya, peaches. Tang of toffee sweetness underneath. Cinnamon apple pie and honeycomb. Sticky lips. Complex and full of Autumnal flavors. Chestnuts and treacle with a slowly growing tickle of warmth and spice in the throat and chest.
Final Thoughts: overall another lovely addition to the Vintage Ale series from Fullers. All releases are limited, numbered, and cellarable so I look forward to seeing how she ages with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2011
@CBF. Pours clear deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, port, fidges, raisins and vinous. Flavor is much like the aroma, very nice. Finishes balanced fruity bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5563) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Rerate: Bottle @ joes (mini vertical). Copper colour, small white head. Smells caramel and sweet. Tastes sweet, caramel, a hint of bourbon and nuts. Very rich taste. Medium to full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Aroma of apple juice, grape, cedar and cherries. Pours hazy brown with a blonde head. Tastes wet and juicy. Apples, cherries, ginger snaps, and concord grapes. Delicious and favorable. Love it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReV2 (171) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle no. 009891, on lifting the cap the aroma hit at arms length and I donít have a great sense of smell! Sweet, very sweet and not as malty as some of the vintages, more like Golden Pride. Intense alcohol with citrus fruits, golden syrup, pear drops, hops disguised by the sweetness. I can imagine 18th century inn keepers serving up ales similar to this. Delicious but not one of my favourite vintages, the 2005 is my best so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle 63349 from The Bottle Shop. I like this beer. I like this beer with a couple of years on it. Hazy deep orange amber with thick lasting beige head. Syrupy malty spicy aroma. Candied fruits fruit peel. Black pepper hop aroma. Mmmmm warm juicy lovely malts with lots of lemon and orange peel. Smooth carbonation. Good pepper hop. Good spicyness. I do like this beer. Just a touch of mustiness on aroma. But I love the fruit in the mouth. Smmoth caramel in mouth along with the fruit. Tasty as hell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2012
Bottled (number 017168) from biernavigatie.nl. Dark brown colored, off-white head. Caramel malty nose, raisins, Christmas pudding, British hops. Balanced sweet and somewhat bitter flavor, lots of caramel, malty. Lasting finish. Very much a winter beer. Sampled at 3 years old, but most likely could use some additional aging. You canít go wrong with a Fullers Vintage Ale, and although this is not my favorite one of the series, itís still absolutely high quality stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berlinoise2go (688) - NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
Bottle (50cl). No. 051014. Lovely, deep amber colour, slightly hazy. Half-inch, semi-sticky head, booze-like swirl, leaves some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with toffee, cookies, caramel, dried figs, hint of resin, menthol and sherry vinegar. Medium/full body, soft carbonation. Sweet taste, yet superbly balanced by a mild bitterness, some acidity and hint of salt. Long bittersweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7783) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, kindly donated by Scopey, many thanks. Dark amber colored beer with medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, herbal notes, piney hops. Taste, toasted malt, caramel, biscuits, ripe oranges, tangerines, aromatic hops. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

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