Fuller's Vintage Ale 2005

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 302   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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john44 (3454) - 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 (1863) - 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 (8922) - 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 (5357) - 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 (2368) - 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.

tomer (3845) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - SEP 1, 2015
At a tasting, many thanks Theydon Bois, small creamy bubbly head, very light brown to deep red color,aroma of toffee, caramel, cherry liqour, apples and vinous notes, flavor of spounge cake, dried fruits ,cherry liquor and a spicey hint, a little alcohol coming through at the end. Nice

DSG (15403) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at tomer’s place. Thanks tomer. Bottle no. 78886. Amber. Aroma is kinda oxidized with lot s of dried fruits, malt, some caramel, a bit of cardboard. Sweet flavor with caramel, dried fruits, toffee, a cookie hint, a bit of cardboard, some alcohol, and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied, quite rounded.

imdownthepub (15513) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Bottled, 500ml, number 10662 aged 9 years from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Reddish copper with white head. Smooth and fruity beer, malty with a port like character along with a rich caramel hint. Silky and a touch of alcohol later. Very decent.

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