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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2010

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


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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (5084) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
(50 cl, bouteille 64410) Un col de mousse dense flotte sur un liquide ambré. Le nez est bien malté. Des parfums d’oranges amères s’affirment et se fondent dans un alcool bien présent. Le goût est honnête avec de bonnes céréales caramélisées qui se choquent à des herbes et des fleurs. L’alcool est fort, légèrement poivré. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen avec un pétillement élevé et une texture légèrement huileuse. La finale maltée est touchée par les houblons et par l’alcool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maledictum (754) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, cookies and hops with notes of soap. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, cookies and hops with notes of alcohol. Hoppy and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (4948) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle from the Slovenian Fuller’s store. No. 10138. Shared with the Croatian crew obviously.
Poured a copper body with a thick, medium sized ivory head that lasted a long time. Heavy alcohol in the nose, really bad, some malt too, sugary too. Dryish, slightly stale malty taste, random bitterness going in the dry, acidic finish. The maltiness isn’t bad per se and the maltiness is creamy, but this is one huge disappointment. I’ll only try this again if it gets 3-4 more years on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2011
50 cl bottle #077271. Rated on 27.11.2010
Aroma has honey and toffee. Flavour feels a bit raw, it has honey and toffee too. Not very good at this moment, but I have a feeling that this one has potential to improve in about five years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2011
Glorious stewed apricot colour, off-white head with green tinges. Apricots and peaches rule the roost in this beer. Stewed stonefruit and malt biscuit aroma with mature complexity. A lot to like about the smell. Upon tasting, it is warm, silky and unctuous. Quite obvious fruity apricot and peach tones. Mellow, full and spicy. There’s more going on with layers of those flavours developing, subsiding and coming back for a generous finish. Thoroughly enjoyable. So much so that I may buy another bottle and keep it for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, bitter citrus notes and raisins. The taste is toffee, citrus hops, raisin and toasted malts. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
Deep reddish-amber. Earthy-caramel aroma with a subtle fruity note (orangey yeast). A little fizzy. The jammy notes are a little bit obfuscated on the palate, which leans more towards caramel character. Ok, but the aroma is better than the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - AUG 1, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 Yeasty, slightly fruity, and a mild but pleasent alcohol burn. Not as good as I had hoped but still a very fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12079) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding.
Pours deep red-orange, very clear. Big frothy, off-white head that slowly fades. Aroma has fine light toasted caramel, good flowers, mild vinious, light berries. Lowish carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has fine caramel, lovely red apple notes, some mild dusty hops dryness and lovely floral hints. Lingering dry malty and floral hoppy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2011
A clear amber colored beer, with a thick off white head. The aroma of malts, straw with fruits like citrus and cherries. The taste of caramel sweet, fruits and malts. There is a nice bitter with some herbs. The aftertaste is bitter with caramel notes and some sweet.

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