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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2010

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 255   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6264) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2011
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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4567) - 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 (873) - 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 (5254) - 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 (4403) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2011
500ml bottle thanks to TheSevenDuffs.
Appearance : Clear mahogany with medium creamy white head. Nice head, nice color.
Aroma : Lots of malt with herbal and floral hops. Light grainy notes. Caramel and honey. Some fruits.
Taste : Malt and herbal/floral hops. Finish is quite bitter with notes of malty caramel and alcohol. Quite warm on the finish. Nice soft carbonation.
Overall : Overall sweet grainy with alcohol. Quite hoppy. Doesnít feel cohesive at all. Still it has an interesting sweetness... The grainy notes would have to go away with aging as well as the harsh alcohol notes. The other bottles are going to the cellar and will stay there for a good while. I bet itíll get very good with time... I hope...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5120) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2011
500 ml bottle, Vintage 2010, bottle No. 036761, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%. Beautiful clear amber colour, large to moderate off-white head. Surprisingly moderate aroma, notes of "dusty" hops, some oaky and vinous notes in the background. The flavour is oaky and medium sweet, with hints of dark dried fruits, but also with distinct notes of Target and Goldings hops. Highly drinkable as it is now, but will no doubt mellow and mature with time.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Pours red amber with a thick, clingy off white head. Aroma is big, but kinda meh. Lots of sweet malts, dark fruits, a very Belgian aroma actually. Taste is strong sweet malty, some dried fruits, a little bit of hoppage. The finish is the best part, itís long, and starts out sweet and fruity, but ends hoppy and dry. A very complex beer - just not really doing it for me. Maybe itís the thick, nitro-esque mouthfeel.


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