Formerly brewed at Fuller's Brewery (Asahi)
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle Conditioned. Also limited availability in the Cask.
Fuggles hops, floor malted Optic malt.

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fonefan (57836) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2018
Bottle 568ml. @ home.

[ As Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2005 ].
[ Bottle # 66841 ]. Clear medium red amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, oxidide, dried fruit, plum, dates, wood. Flavor is moderate sweet with a long duration, dried fruit, sweet malt, figs, dates, caramel, oxidide, wood, bread. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20180615]

Ibrew2or3 (9660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2018
50cl bottle pours with a clear mahogany colored body that supports a nice looking near white head of foam. The aroma offers up booze infused plums, figs and some dates as well. Behind the fruitiness is a thin layer of molasses and a bit more booze. The taste delivers smooth sweet dark fruity esters like plums, figs, dark blue grape jam, a sliver of boysenberry jam and then dates all dusted and drizzled with molasses and brown sugar. Real nice sipper. Not sure this is getting better with anymore age.

MrTipple (10839) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2018
12Feb2018 Sweet grain and bread malts, caramel, dark molasses, figs, dates, light oxidisation. Almost clear, dark gold, medium, creamy, off-white head. Medium to heavy sweet. More sweet sweet grain malts, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, prunes, figs, dates, very sweet, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very sweet in palate, rich and complex, probably best palate and taste tonight but not aroma. Bottle at Fuller's Vintage Tasting at The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey.

john44 (3888) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017
Bottles. 2005 Vintage; BBE date Dec 2008; Drank Oct 2008 and May 2009 - Hazy Deep Amber, with Reddish tinge. Superb strong ale. Very malty; caramel, toffee. Very fruity; oranges, peel, dark fruits. Spicy & yeasty. Earthy hop presence. Hint of sherry. Alcohol well disguised. Sweet fruity malty strong ale. Very, very smooth, probably due to the ageing. Enjoyed these a lot! Terrific beer! (2009-05)

Beaver (2033) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2016
2005 vintage (bottle 49140), 16.9 oz bottle. Pours murky dark amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toffee malts with sherry and wood and some fruit.

The flavor is sweet fruity toffee malts with some harsh alcohol in the finish. A bit port like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.

Overall, an interesting old ale. Interesting to see how it’s changed over 10 years. Definitely get a lot of fruit and toffee but still a bit harsh alcohol.

nimbleprop (10227) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2015
This 50cl bottle had been chilling in my cellar for several years. Split four ways at a Christmas party, 2015. Pours a hazy amber with some creamy, sudsy, off white head. Nose has some signs of oxidation, but not terrible, dried orange peel, toffee, raisin, light port, a little fresh cherry. Flavor follows right along, malt, caramel, toffee, a little light candy, even a little cough drop, orange peel and a little spruce, some estery notes I have to assume are oxidation, raisin, port. Finishes a touch boozy, but otherwise dry. This held up exceptionally for 10 years in the bottle.

XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle #27921. Hazy reddish brown, quickly reducing cap, spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel, cherry, raisin. Taste is sweet with developing bitterness. Palate is smooth, medium carbonation (held up nice), but some noticeable oxidation. Nothing crazy for its age.

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kerenmk (6135) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at tomer’s place. Thanks tomer. Bottle no. 78886. Hazy brown with white film. Toffee. cherry heering, prune and dried fig aroma, sweet, deep and heavily fruity taste. Full body, no carbonation, vinous finish.

zvsn (3551) - ISRAEL - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks tomer. Bottle # 78886. Clear hazy orange amber with a thin head. Aroma of apples, dried fruits, wood, candy and caramel. Taste of sweet malt, honey, toffee, nuts, carobs, prunes, raisins and alcohol. Medium-full bodied, syrupy oily mouthfeel.

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