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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2010

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

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
I have crafted the 2010 Vintage with the highest quality Tipple malted barley for the second year running. This ale’s main hop character is derived from traditional Golding and Fuggles hops and further enhanced with Dry Hopping, using a blend of the choicest Golding and Target hops. Coupled with the unique Fuller’s yeast strain we expect this beer to mature into another ’Classic’ Vintage! 125,000 bottles produced


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (345) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 31, 2016
Dark amber hazy with white head. Aroma: toffee, spicy herbs, some roasted notes. Taste: moderate sweet with some spicy hoppy bitterness. Flavour: malt, bisquits, some earth, cheese, wood. Grassy bitterness and some wet wood and earth in the aftertaste. This is very good but below expectations.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (5058) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, light hops, some caramel, and more sweetness. Flavor the same with sweet malts and dark fruits and light hops. Average texture. Not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weark (534) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bouteille achetée Au Grain D’Orge – Bouteille N°54934- De couleur brune avec une fine mousse blanche qui diminue assez vite pour ne rien laisser– Au nez de très léger arômes de madère, de malt caramel, biscuits, un nez sucré par le malt, fruits confits, le nez est assez plat– En bouche toujours des fruits sec et de fruits confits, figue, malt doux – Corp moyen, amertume moyenne, carbonations légère, douce et aqueuse – Gouter en parallèle avec une 2016 et une 2014, c’est la moins intéressante des trois, la 2006 était nettement plus intéressante

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (4514) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle (500 ml). Split 4-ways. Cloudy amber-copper with a medium tan head, moderate retention, leaving some lacing. Aroma is quite earthy, but balanced by toffee, herbal spiciness, toasted notes and a bit of alcohol. Taste starts ok and slightly sweet followed by herbal spiciness and toffee, ending by a strong earthy bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit oily mouthfeel. Strong lingering earthy finish. Maybe it’s just because it’s too old, but the earthy bitterness is overpowering everything else so the enjoyability is moderate at best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
Flaska från SB. 5 år gammal. Bärnstensfärgad med högt tjockt krämigt skum. Fin doft med viss oxidering med toner av torkad frukt, sherry/madeira. Fortfarande relativt spänstig och bra avrundade smaker med riktigt fina fruktiga smaker som plommon, fikon och dadlar, utvecklad karaktär och en beska som knyter ihop smakerna väl. Riktigt gott. Tack Daniel!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2850) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2015
Flaska från SB. 5 år gammal. Bärnstensfärgad med högt tjockt krämigt skum. Fin doft med viss oxidering med toner av torkad frukt, sherry/madeira. Fortfarande relativt spänstig och bra avrundade smaker med riktigt fina fruktiga smaker som plommon, fikon och dadlar, utvecklad karaktär och en beska som knyter ihop smakerna väl. Riktigt gott.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (3755) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle from Waitrose, Hexham. 2010: Drank 2015-08-09, Aged for approx. 5 years; Dark hazy red-amber coloured with a sweet and slightly tart red fruity flavour, almond, sherry, cherry and vanilla followed by burnt currants on the boozy, dry, fruity finish. Nice!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
poolstar (42) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
caramel / malts, smells amazing and packs a punch with a warm body and some nice dark fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3983) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
(Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2010) 540 ml bottle if my conversion was done right, No 51795, served into a snifter at home, ABV 8.5% Bright orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear. Something more than one fonger of thick, light tan head on top, with average retention, leaving light lacing behind. Aroma has light caramel, dates, raisins, sugar, wood, malts, some alcohol after a deep sniff. Sweet taste, plenty of dark fruits, lots of dates, plums, stewed red fruits too, sugars, berries, english style hops albeit stale, some alcohol on the finish, first signs of oxidation. Medium to thick body, nicely carbonated. Quite dry on the palate. Very good, I’ll have next year’s vintage a bit sooner though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
subgrade (11) - LATVIA - FEB 19, 2015
Feb.18. 2015. Very pleasant strong malty aroma, with notes of dried fruits. Medium tan head, clear copper colour. Medium sweet and malty taste, with bitterness surfacing later. The bitterness isn’t too pleasant though - just plain bitter, even a bit acrid. Full body, thick and slick mouthfeel, long bittersweet finish. Overall a nice English strong ale, only the bitterness seems a bit off.


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