Cokemonkey11 (1538) - - APR 12, 2019
UPDATED: APR 12, 2019 Bottle at lcbf. Medium tan blend. Scent is big licorice and fruit pulp. Taste is big melon raspberry flavors on old ale. Finish is clean and dry ale. Very great. danlo (4940) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2018 500ml bottle, No. 59562. Pours dark brown amber with a reddish tinge, a beige foamy head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of molasses, toffee, dried fruits. Taste is sweet malty, molasses, brown sugar, caramel with raisins, christmas cake, leathery, dried fruity, chocolate hints, earthy, boozy and some orangey hop bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry earthy boozy bitter finish. Nicely drinkable. Ibrew2or3 (9692) - 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 and cherries as well. Behind the fruitiness is a faint molasses sort of maltiness. The taste delivers smooth blueberry, plum, dates and fig like sweet fruity esters. It thins out to midway as the jamminess recedes a bit to reveal a bit of molasses and chocolate malts. Really nice. I think this vintage is peaking right here at ten years.
The_Osprey (10532) - SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2018
February 2018 - Saturday Tasting at Leighton's, Hackney. Bottle shared with big thanks to Mr Frog. As 'Fuller's Vintage Ale 2008', 8.5%, #69770. Pours brown with an orange hue, quite still, foamy beige head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is biscuity, orange peel, marmalade. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is orange oil, biscuity, marmalade, faint oxidation but not showing its age like some others I've tried. Rounded malts with nips of bitterness and citrus. Not particularly showy but just a great all-round strong ale. Good. (7-4-8-4-15=3.8) MrTipple (10839) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2018
3Feb2018 Sweet grape must, sweet redcurrant, caramel, sweet grain and cereal malts, dark molasses. Slightly hazy brown, small, creamy, off-white head. Medium sweet. More caramel, sweet grain and bread malts, dark molasses, dark, candied fruits, prunes, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Very nice, aged very well. Bottle shared at Leighton's - thanks to mr_fr0g.
mR_fr0g (17951) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2018
Bottle shared at Leighton's place 03/02/2018. A clear amber copper coloured pour with a halo of beige head. Aroma is dusty, toffee, amber malts, minty, mellow age, strawberry shortcake. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, toffee, nutty malts, cakey, dried fruit, cake, riasin. Palate si medium sweet, rounded, moderate mellow carbonation, Dusty. I like it. Held up well with the age. Erzengel (11153) - Saarland, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2017
*Bottle from my cellar. The beer starts mild and fruity deep. Hints of wood and tobacco, intense deep and malty caramelly. Oxidated, round and malty deep intense with a light but deep dry finish. Great! Nuffield (4374) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Part of a vertical tasting of vintage years 2008 through 2015, drank in January 2017. 2008 (bottle #127432) was rounded out to a solid caramel, with that lovely oxidation that makes vintage beers what they are. 2009 (#105287) suggested some tobacco and a luscious nose. 2010 (#094046) help up better than the 2011 (#108000), with better caramel flavors and some fizz; the later year was just flat and old tasting. 2012 (#125741) was clearly brighter in the nose, though losing some of its body, while the 2013 (#109909) was showing some signs of oxidation. 2014 (#141264) was equally bright with 2015 (#134049), and both were worthy bottles that I could have enjoyed had I just been sitting with the whole bottles. Thanks for my friends for joining me as I shared these bottles. Metalchopz (4367) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2017
Been cellaring for a while, No. 71701. Pours a hazy amber colour with a beige creamy head, good retention and some creamy lace. Dark fruit aromas with caramel malts and some nutty notes. The taste has the figs, raisins, nuts with the toffee and the hops appear in the finish. Mild grassiness giving a little bitterness. What lingers is quite nice. john44 (3888) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Drank Dec 2012 - Reddish Amber in colour; paler than recent earlier Vintage Ales. Very malty; caramel & toffee, toasted malts, hint of chocolate. Fruity; bitter oranges, marmalade, dark fruits. Some spiciness. Earthy hops result in some bitterness. Sweet, smooth and mellow overall. Alcohol warming and very evident. Very malty fruity throughout leading to a long bitter hoppy and very dry finish. Very tasty. Nice beer! (2012-12-26)