jerohen (2132) - Bussum, - NOV 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 can’t go wrong with a Fullers Vintage Ale, and although this is not my favorite one of the series, it’s still absolutely high quality stuff.
imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Niller (1238) - Hammel, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Desverger (6636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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Beerhunter111 (13996) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MrTipple (2846) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
danlo (2139) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
andriesradu (643) - ROMANIA - MAY 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
commonmac (901) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 can’t 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.
berkshirejohn (5677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.