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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2010

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

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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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I have crafted the 2010 Vintage with the highest quality Tipple malted barley for the second year running. This aleís 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 Fullerís yeast strain we expect this beer to mature into another íClassicí Vintage! 125,000 bottles produced


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3549) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors, DC 500ml ($4.49): Yes, I got this super cheap for some reason, and I ainít saying not a single bad thing about that. Anyway, it pours a light brownish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is thick; there is a ton of dark fruits, caramel malts, butterscotch, and sugar. Taste has some bitterness and the hops make themselves known at the finish and the bitterness lingers on for a bit. As it warms, it gets to be really good. Carbonation is light and mellow. High alcohol is noticeable, but actually in kind of a good way. There is a lot going on in this here beer, but it is still not my favourite in the style; still, it is quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3064) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle #87254. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Fruity aroma with tofee, dough and some alcohol. Sweet fruit and caramel flavor with some musty hops. Slightly boozy. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2011
bottle from market street in coppel. poured a beautiful copper with a white head. aroma was fantastic with caramel, toffee, citrus, and a slight peppery note. flavor was much the same, but the spice had more kick. I think that I am really a fan of fuggle hops in this one. this is one of my favorite ones to date without much age on it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 500 ml bottle. BBE 2013.
Pours a dark mahogany colour with a large, thick, long-lasting head. Aroma of strong dark raisins, malts and syrup. Flavour of very strong bready malts, raisins, syrup, stinging oak and English hops. Medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and a dry, nutty, toffee, woody finish. Nice one. 7-4-8-4-15 3.8

500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark brown amber colour with a small creamy head. Aroma of toasted malts, red berries, caramel and some herbal notes. Rich flavour of toasted malts, rich red berries, herbal notes, sweetness and almonds. Strong bitterness. Full bodied. Very thick and rich mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. 8-4-8-4-15 3.9

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2011
A little sweetness in the aroma. Looks fine. Flavorwise this is excellent. Sweet a bit, but much mellower than most other versions already. Wish this was a price I could afford to drink everyday.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
espenra (884) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2011
50cl bottle at HŚndverkerstuene. Bottle 037203 shared with fellow beergeeks. Red amber colour with a minimal head. Aroma is caramel malts, toffee and some hints of alcohol. Some hints of dust. Flavour is full with notes of alcohol, caramel and syrup. Alcohol is very noticable. Sweet. Lingering aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle from Fishing Shack, Paphos. Clear and glassy rosy-red amber with scant head. Rich, chewy, woody aroma. Silky and drinkable, yet thick. Mixture of bread, fruit, and forest. It grew on me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Appearance: clear brilliant ambers, ancient tree sap, tangerines and apricots. Bubbly pithy head which fades into a collar bordering blotchy foam. Swirls with lace.
Nose: cinnamon and spice. Mulled cider. Plums. Apricots and nectarines with skin on. Orange blossom honey and melba crunch together. Nutmeg, paprika, and a wisp of cumin. Coconut milk and candied pineapple.
Palate: wow and yum. Plums and orange blossom honey dance atop my tastebuds. Spice tickles along the edges. Essence of pinot grigio Ė green grapes, purple plums, chardonnay grapes. Spice continues to tickle. Apricots, peaches, and pineapple nectar Ė sweet and naturally so. Full, sticky, and a bit chewy in the middle. Can taste the ageability.
Final Thoughts: another classic for the cellar. Fullers is classic English and for that I am quite content.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle - 2010 Vintage, No. 085008. Copper pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Grassy hops, spicy notes, caramel, tea leaves and sweet malt in the nose. Taste is more on the sweet side with big caramel, toffee, sweet malt, grassy hops, herbal notes, soft spicy hops, and possibly a hint of mint. Body is medium with a moderate, foamy carbonation. Ends with more big caramel, toasted dark bread, toffee, spicy hops, grassy notes, tea, and more mint.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4501) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle 087555, sampled 5/21/2011. Dark copper color with minimal head. Sweet caramel and light biscuity aroma. Strong yet dry malt flavor. Very grainy and biscuity. Slightly metalic. Minerally. Overly herbal hop notes. After warming, a more pronounced alcohol hotness in aroma and taste. A bit of chocolate as well. Definitely not my favorite vintage ale, but it grew on me through the pint.


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