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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: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
Nearly flawless! Easily my favorite vintage from Fullers. What can I say about it? Good question, Iím practically speechless

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4356) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Pours reddish caramel with a small light beige head. Smells of caramel, toffee, hints of candi sugar. Taste is sweet, caramel, toffee. Full-bodied with a silky texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Fullerís Vintage Ale 2010 finishes with a lingering sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shorlin (590) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
Cracking open one of my 2010s on a cool October evening. Very pretty copper red poured up in my Duvel glass. Head is quite nice, not too much. Aroma is deep, of dried fruit. Doesnít really jump out at me though. First sip takes ages to travel down my throat, warming on the way with plummy aftertastes, if you hold your head at the right angle. Itís sweet, but not too sweet. You can tell the alcohol is in there, but at 8.5% it doesnít dominate. Second sip is just fine. I think Iíll sip a bit more!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle 94328. Pour is deep amber, thick white head that slinks with little lacing. Aroma is plum, caramel, nutty, sweet malt, very fruity, sweet roll, yeasty bread. Taste is fruitcake, sweet toasted malt, slight nuttiness, plum comes across again, slight sour. Moderate body and mouth feel, lighter carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1136) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
500mL bottle from my Lickbow, #056754. Pours the usual hazed ruby with a small beige head. The aroma is very nice, pine, pineapple, refined booze, sweet caramalt, very good mix. Flavour is even better. Prickly hops and booze upfront, met with very sweet toffee caramalt crunch, rich malt profile, finishes with some hoppy dryness and warming alcohol. Body is thick and lovely, with minimal carbonation, although more than I recall in previous years. I love how satisfying this beer is. Much better than the disappointing 2009 version in my opinion. For the first time ever I might actually buy more of this one. 2010 was an awesome year for me and Iím glad this years vintage wraps it up quite well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 Pours rusty burnt orange with a moderate frothy beige head. Aroma of dough, honey, orange, marzipan, toffee, and faint gingerbread. Flavor is similar but drier with some toffee, toast, dough, orange, earth, and minimized spice. Finishes a little tangy at first with light fruit, earth and astringency, but quickly rounds out into more earth, toast, dough, and slight tangy spice. Not too bitter, but noticeably dry. Medium bodied but the flavor is strong enough and the carbonation is full and as spritzy as it is creamy. Not too hot. I remember being shocked at how well a bit of mellowing did the 2008 vintage ale, so perhaps by 2012, the mouthfeel will round out a bit and the flavors will meld. Still good, but itís tough to expect it to be at its best right now.

Well what do you know! This beer is great after 2 years of aging. Itís like the flavors concentrate in a way, but thereís a nice brandy flavor and a lot more dark fruit on the nose. Sweeter flavor as well, and no poky dryness in the finish. Very good, hints at barley wine, but without crossing the line into a heavy beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
500ml bottle from the BC Liquor in West Vancouver . Pours a large, frothy, white head with a ruby red, highly carbonated body. Nose of bright english hops and mild treacle infused malt. Slightly alcoholic burn mixed amongst the hoppiness. Oily texture with flavours of sweet cherries, apricot and burnt caramel malt. Long lasting oily malt finish. Very good and perhaps back to its best after a few more marginal years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (3790) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 pours copper-orange with long-lasting head, lacing. brandy, orange, spices, herbs, nuts. warming alcohol - surely the aging would benefit this aspect. sophisticated and complex brew.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steinar (54) - rvk, ICELAND - MAR 6, 2011
Pours copper colored with about a inch of head. Aroma has a malty caramel character. Flavor is medium sweet with still medium hop bitterness to the finish. Caramel malts, alcahol bite. Fizzy carbonation, full bodied and oily texture. Overall a really enjoyable beer in the end of long day, it has as strong yet balanced character.


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