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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5182) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2013
500ml Bottle - Amber in colour. Raisins, sultanas and dates in the aroma. Tangy, fruity and malty taste with notes of honey, toffee, sultanas and apricot. I am sure it will get better with age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1995) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London. An amber/brown coloured pour with a small white head on top. Sweet, fruity, caramel aroma. Tastes is similar, quite sweet, fruity, caramel, vanilla, rich. This is only young but I bet itíll be a cracker in 10 years time.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1589) - WALES - AUG 15, 2013
Sat and waited for the huge queue to go down at GBBF. Clear brown with very little head. Eventually the head disappears altogether. Smells of strawberry and caramel, with slight vinegar. Taste is toned down strawberry, malts, raisin, liquer. Body is medium to light with low carbonation. I kept thinking of strawberry sorbet or strawberry jam with this one, but the beer didnít knock me off my feet overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10257) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2013
Tap at GBBF 2013. Clear amber/copper beer with a small beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, syrup, toffee, raisins, dades, vanilla notes, pear, grapes, roasted notes, biscuits, some spices, some plum. Fruity malty flavor, toffee, raisins, caramel, prunes, grassy notes, warming alcohol, spicy notes, fruit cake, some cookie dough. Good and will probably mature with time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13577) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 On tap at GBBF 2013. Russet colour hazy. Syrup and fruit aroma. Itís good. The pepper hops and some plum fruit are good. Lacks a bit of carbonation will get better as it ages, good beer touch too syrupy at the moment. 3.7/5 Re-rate bottle no. 093524 from a colleague as a Secret Santa. I mean itís Fullers Vintage Ale so I love it, it is a little more plummy raisiny fruity than other vintages and has settled down a lot more than previous ones. This already has even a hint of dryness on the finish. Sweetish caramel on the aroma, fullish in the mouth and some soft/harsh pepper hedgerow fruit on the finish. The finish in particular is pretty spectacular. Tasty as hell, doesnít taste of 8.5%, carries the alcohol amazingly well. Love that chewing a blackthorn bush leaf taste on the lasting finish. Delicious. Perfect carbonation. Really good. Thank you who ever gave this to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (2855) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2013
Cask at gbbf 2013. Red wood copper. Colour. Aroma is Madeira cake some raisin rum booze. Flavour is rich rum and cake warming alcohol. Thick flat palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6661) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013. It pours clear deep mahogany brown with a small white head. The nose is earthy, wood, honey, caramel, dried fruit, fruit cake and icing sugar. The taste is soft, mellow, raisin, sultana, dried apricot, fig, prune, cake, toffee, brown sugar and light alcohol with a dry, clean finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Smooth and very easy going for a fresh fullers vintage. Definitely one of the most drinkable vintages of recent years. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThreeCats (560) - ISRAEL - AUG 14, 2013
Nice chestnut color with small head. Aroma of deep caramel, toffee, and bubblegum. Taste of sweet caramel, alcohol, toffee, brown sugar. Good, but very heavy.


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