JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bright copper color with a taller bigger bubbled head. Nice tatting of lace. Floor malt, yeast, mace, white pepper, with a touch of alcohol and oak. Heavy malt and spice flavors. The spice is there partially from the alcohol influence, but also from the hops. A hearty licorice linger. This seems stronger than the past vintages, albeit some time since I have had one. Toffee seems to ooze out as this one warms. There are times this one seems too strong, but then I set back and think, Ok this is an English strong, it is supposed to be. I’ll be getting some more of this to set on. This should mellow nicely. Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2007
I had to break into this one early and it was worth it. Although I do see this one getting better with age. Some time would probably mellow out the underlying harsh alcohol notes. Very nice sweet port flavour with a touch of hops... would have liked more hops. Can’t wait to crack open my other bottle in a year or two. Cheers! Tmoney99 (14617) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle #83433. Poured clear deep amber with a huge frothy light brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Good well balanced hop and malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Good well balanced flavor with a heavy balanced and small alcohol tone finish of moderate duration. Very good brew that should age well. Moke (5) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007 does not count
Had written a bunch more, but apparently you have to log in before writing something so it didnt get added. So short description: great aroma, mahogany colour with off white head. Lots of different flavours with predominant licorice and spice. slightly creamy palate. Going to try to get one more bottle to save for a couple years I hope. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Clear mahogany pour with a creamy off-white head. Malt, dark fruit, and hops make up the aroma. Velvety mouthfeel. The sweetness of the caramel malt hits you first, with raisins and hop bitterness to follow. Dry, earthy finish. Much better than last year.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 21, 2007
This one has been saved to celebrate the arrival of young McKinlay #2. Pours a beautiful ruby brown colour with some carbonation at first and a bubbly off-white head. A delicious sweet malty aroma with a hoppy touch reminiscent of dried fruits. The swallow is a journey through an initial tingly touch on the tongue which leads to a creamy palate full of the malty flavours of licorice and ash. The finish sweetens with raisins and then a dry and spicy hop finish. God its good! WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Simply not ready. I went through and reviewed my notes and the older the Fullers Vintage the more I have liked it. This one is sweet and simple, malty, but not yet integrated or complex. It is a beautiful copper color, totally clear; it will lose its clarity as the bottle conditioning sets in, yeast do their yeasty thing, and die. No doubt the flaovrs will become better integrated as well. For now this is just another pretty face, a really good looking, sweet and simple barleywine. I docked it a couple of points over all because it is just too expensive to be a barleywine, and a relatively low alcohol one at that. Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
Starts will a small, quickly receeding off-white head. Despite being bottle conditioned, pours clear with a dark amber/red body. The initial quite hoppy aroma is offset by the more malty flavour, with slightly burnt, biscuity notes. Very creamy palate makes it seem more filling and carbonated than it really is. The complexity of the flavours makes this an interesting brew, but some of it gets overshadowed by the creaminess. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
Sparkling dark copper colour with a fizzy white head. Fresh malty aroma with a little citrusy note and just a touch of alcohol making its way through at the end. Brown sugar and raisins also in the nose. The body is very sweet with brown sugar notes. Nicely balanced with a smooth hop bitterness at the end. A bit sweet for my liking, probably because it’s a bit young, but it’ll do for now. beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2007
Poured a dark copper colour with a nice head. Flavour is hoppy with a lot of booze. Good, but will probably be much better aged.