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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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


uhre's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhre (384) - - FEB 9, 2010
The aroma has a bit of metal to it and then malt. The colour is amber and it has a huge head.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (567) - ROMANIA - MAY 13, 2015
pours brown/red with a fast diminishing beige head. Sweet, fruity, caramel, some brandy, dusty/old, slighty bready,alchool aromas. Flavor is heavy malty with notes of alchool, fruits, caramel. A bit winy in the end. Bready aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (612) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Last bottle of a sweet gift received from Jason Nagy. No. 105106. Consumed in a snifter glass. Deep mahogany color and the aroma really pushed through once it hit the glass...dark fruit...plum/raisin. Almost reaches for a caramel or slight hint of chocolate. Taste brings the alcohol punch like many of the other annual vintage ale efforts. The dark fruit of a Belgian dark abbey comes through. Raisin again with an earthy quality that really works for this ale. Bite at the end is strong with a little chocolate again making its ever so faint presence felt. Others mentioned it lost some of its beer qualities almost turning into a dark liquor and I canít find fault in that argument. Definitely packs a punch. Expectations were high for this one since it was the oldest one of the sampler pack. Did not disappoint.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (5025) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
50cl bottle, #60140. An attractive reddish copper colour with a fast fading tight cream head; aroma of soft brown sugar and raisins; thick vinous body, with a taste of brandy soaked sultanas; and a satisfying, warming, finish. This vintage is still fresh and vibrant after six years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5179) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
This poured a mahogany color with mo head at all, almost still really. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit, and oxidation Flavor was as oxidized as the aroma.suggested, sweet, caramel, toffee and.figs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
BA tasting. Pours a clear dark to medium brown. No head. Arms of sweet caramel. Vanilla. Taste is sweet. Dark fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (825) - USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle thanks to Sean -- Poured into a pint glass. Looked muddy brown with little to no head. Smelled of caramel and booze. Flavor was perhaps a bit stale, but otherwise gave me the impression that an old ale turned into a caramel liqueur. Tasted good, drank well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3625) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 29, 2014
500ml bottle nr. 009590 (thanks FatPhil). Clear copper color. Caramel, malty, berries, raisins, candy in aroma. Raisins, caramel, plum stones, woody taste. Sugars are all gone and feels bit thin. Dry woody aftertaste. As it warms taste improves.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10340) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
On pouring, a lovely raisiny aroma, but in the glass itís less sweet and less raisiny. Still pleasantly so, but thereís a wateriness to it, a touch of minerals even. Thinnish when cold, but on a little warming fills out nicely. Sweetish malts, woody, a little nutty. Lacking the bitterness of hops that other vintages have had. Definitely much better as it warms. Probably not worth cracking opening the next bottle for 3-5 years, this feels like it needs to autolyse and age abit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5112) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2014
(Bottle, 0.5 l - #9590, courtesy of FatPhil, 20141227) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, raisins, dried plum, molasses and caramel. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramel, molasses, raisins, dried plum, earth and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, caramelly and bitter. A very nicely aged well done strong ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1351) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours amber with off white head. Aroma and taste of caramel, malts, and hints of booze


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