DocLock (8988) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Standard boxed bottle from State Line and Caponeís. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Nose is similar to all the others Iíve had; some caramel malt, brown sugary, dry vinous fruit. Tastes caramel malty, on the dry side, with an ESB flavor profile and a decent hop level, but not to the level that I so desperately crave from a beer such as this, as such. Iím starting to think these are all style and little substance, and that Fullerís owes me punitive damages for jerking me off all these years with vintage beers that are overpriced and underwhelming.
imdownthepub (12170) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 500ml (075064) aged 4 yrs, from Sainsburyís in Banbury, Oxon. Amber to brown with cream head. There is a rich, fruity aroma to this, berrys and a spicy note. The beer is rich and smooth with a caramelised character, seome sweetness, some toffee hints then fruity, deep malts. The earthy hops have been combined into the body nicely. Very pleasant.
Lagerboy (1739) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle # 091239. Mostly clear orange copper, lasting tan foam. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruity. Taste is quite strong, rich toasted caramel malt, darker fruitiness, slightly grassy/herbal/floral. Softer carbonation, medium-fuller bodied (pun intended), moderately hopped. Very nice to share this with my British mate. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
martjoobolut (2112) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (shared by fatphil, thanks). Pours amber with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruits, floral notes. Flavor is sweet and malty, some fruits, vanilla, some alcohol. Overall: very nice.
suurjuust (2236) - ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange copper, medium to small white head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, malt, slightly fruity. Flavor is caramel, hoppy and fruity notes, there is some oxidation, specially in the finish, which is a bit empty. Lingering fudge and malty caramel. Aged nicely though.
Douberd (3999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5%
Deep orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear, with a small and fizzy tan head on top, with low retention.
Aroma of malts, wood, cork, sugars, light alcohol, fruity notes.
Taste is sweet with nice malts, fruity notes, jam, light wood, dates.
Medium body, carbonation on the high side.
Ferris (9806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Sweet caramel, plum and some bread. Clear copper gold with a rich beige head. Just as it smells, lots of caramel, plum, nice sweetness with a touch of bread. Orange notes top this off to make it taste much like a barley wine. No hint of the booze except a slight warming of the throat. Very nice.
Silvan7 (967) - Samarate, ITALY - SEP 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 7083 @ home. Ramata velata, schiuma beige fine e persistente. Aroma intenso, maltato di miele díacacia, agrumato(arancia candita) frutti rossi sotto spirito, tostato legnoso. Gusto dolce abboccato , tostato, di caramello e marmellata, finale amaro tostato e luppolato. Corposa, poco carbonata, calda, equilibrata e armonica.
g_georgiou (419) - CYPRUS - AUG 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightly hazy orange body with a medium beige head. Aroma is malty, caramel, licorice, some chocolate, some hops. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Dry finish, a bit flat. Very tasty.
danlo (2017) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. No. 035295. Dark orange amber colour with a white foam head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, spice, orange fruity & nutty. Taste is sweet malty, with caramel, toffee and raisins plus some earthy leathery grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry dusty finish. Nicely drinkable.
zimbo (836) - SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Given the mediocre reviews here I expected little. How wrong they were. Dark golden orange with a dense very very pale yellow head. Orange and spice on the nose and fullish sappy sticky on the tongue. Glace dried fruit on the tongue with perfect carbonation. In its prime. Needs time over an hour or two to discover in the glass and suffers when part of a ticking assembly line tasting. Very very fine.