lukin (412) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle into English pint. Ruby-orange colour, large fizzy head. Aroma is caramel malt, some orange. Taste is bolder than the aroma would suggest, sweet, alcohol, some wood/oak notes. Look forward to this hitting the LCBO every Christmas, and this year is no exception.
KyotoLefty (5894) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty amber color, clear, nice lacy head. Light aroma with alcohol, caramel, plums. Too faint. Caramel and fruit flavor, sweet, a bit hot, young, hop bitterness with light bread. A bit fizzy.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours a nice ruby colour with a short-lasting white head. Aroma of honey, oats and alcohol with a little orange peel also. Thick, oily mouth-feel with a flavours of wood, honey, malt and a fair warming alcohol presence. I really enjoyed this.
Kavu (1955) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear brown with a low head. Aroma is full malts. Flavor is malts, fruits and hops. Excellent strong ale.
Psytron (1151) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber colour. Big creamy head that diminishes quickly. Sweet. Full-bodied. Flat carbonation. Lightly bitter. Roasted. Some tar. Very balanced, nothing sticks out too much.
Firefly54 (222) - - DEC 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of mellow citrusy hops and pine, slight yeastiness. Pours a amber orange colour with a white lasting head. Lively mouthfeel and a long finish. Nicely hoppy but balanced. Fruitiness comes through and leaves a long bitterness. Slightly peachy and a hint of marmalade. Theres a touch of alcohol warmth but mainly well hidden for the strength and style. Very good indeed!
Bendrixian (988) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber colur with somewhat clear colour. citrus aromas, and sweet note. malted flavour with aslight raost and balanced hops. Pretty good.
markas101 (1784) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Waitrose. Medium amber, balanced aroma with caramel, cereal and an herbal citrus. Very smooth, no pronounced alcohol, orange zest comes through then a resin bitterness at the very end. More nuanced than 1845, less xmas pudding-ish, mellower. Nice.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from the LCBO. christmas eve tradition, fresh Fullers Vintage. pours clear deep orange with a small but steady tan head. masterfully bottle conditioned. ornage peel and pale malt nose, touch ofalcohol, slightly woody. the flavour is well balanced with the malt body supporting the hops. this is the hoppiest fresh vintage ale ive had in recent years but the alcohol is still very upfront at this stage. way better then 2010 but still not one of the better years of Fuller Vintage.
downender (5896) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle form Sainsburys. Tasted alongside the 2010 version. Deep amber in colour with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, caramel and red berries aroma with a touch of spice. Flavour was sweeter than the 2010, with plenty of fruit cake sweetness, barley sugar and nuts, leading to a dryish finish. Enjoyable.