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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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


Rodders' rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, - AUG 8, 2010
Colour is Roasty golden brown with a creamy white head. Clear with good bubbles. Smell alcoholic with fine wine and brandy thrown in, some red berries, and classic malt sweetness. Taste is beautiful rich smooth malt with a touch of well balanced English hop bitterness. A bit of raisin. Big yet occasionaly subtle flavour. Doesn’t hit you over the head (at least not until the end of a bottle!)


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (3842) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2016
Pours hazy brown amber with low white head. Aroma of toffee, hazelnut, butterscotch. Taste is sweet, mildly boozy, distinct butterscotch. Medium to rich bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Slightly hazed light umber to copper colored liquid. Small head diminishing light taupe head. Sweet roasted malt, caramel, lightly roasted almonds, and light fruit in the aroma. Quick thick, nearly coating and a touch cloying with the sweetness. Really nice finish with a long toasted malt sweetness. Floral hops seem to add to the sweetness rather than distracting from the malt. A fall evening around the fire type brew. 4/10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (1078) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 28, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2016 Amber color, beige head. Aroma has dried fruits like figs and raisins. Taste follows with the dried fruits, dark malt and a bit of earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12928) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Bottled, 500ml, aged 6yrs, from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Dark reddish brown with cream head. Smooth and full, rich beer with a caramel toffee body, sweet but darker roasted malts. Fruit cake fruity balanced with leafy hop notes. I do like these Fullers vintage ales, thank you to Sandra for thinking of them each year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (1361) - Hammel, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. Thanks to Reuben. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma and taste is malts, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee, dark dried fruits, alcohol. Soft carbonation. Light bitter warming finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (7722) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle - big thanks to Colin for this one. Pours dark Amber with a small off white head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty, with some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some dark dried fruits, light spice in there, nice deep warming finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (15484) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2015
Fast klare orange goldene Farbe, mittelgroße leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach reifen Früchten, Karamell, holzig, oxidiert. Geschmack alkoholisch malzig, reifes Obst, Vanille, holzig, leicht oxidiert.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3182) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel, bourbon, oak, dark fruits. Appearance: hazy brown, no head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: caramel sweets continue, oak, bread and grain malts, very light alcohol, warming caramel throughout. Overall: beautiful one, could do with maybe even a bit more complexity. Bottle at The Doric Arch, Euston.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2403) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2015
500ml bottle from Fullers online shop. Bottle No. 014929. Murky orange-brown amber colour, thin beige foam head and aroma of brown sugar, honey, malt & grain, raisins, fig, fruit cake. Taste is sweet malty, grains, molasses, toffee, fruity, fig & raisins, caramel, hint of chocolate plus some grassy boozy notes and light bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, earthy nutty warming bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (8563) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle at the Doric arch Euston. Bottle number 014109./ a rare winner. Good Reddy amber coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is mint, cakey. Malts. Vanilla. Oak, sweet fruit cake. Flavour is composed of sweet fruit cake, mint. Cake. Fruit, mint. Faint choc. Palate is semi sweet, little choc, semi sweet, moderate carbonation, smooth warming alcohol. Good boost. Fuck the Euston tap . lingering boozy fruit cake, choc, warming alcohol. Love it.


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