Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2006

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Floor malted Optic malt; Fuggles and Super Styrian hops.
Edition of 100,000
This full-bodied vintage is brewed with Fuggles and Super Styrian hops that create a tapestry of rich, spicy flavours. Orange, citrus and fruitcake notes are all present, and are balanced well with the biscuity, creamy malt flavours leaving a soft and warming finish.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. 83981. Rich amber beer with a beige head. Floral hop aroma with some sweet caramel. Sweet toffee/caramel flavor with floral/earthy hops and some citrus. Medium bodied. Well balanced.Nothing special at this point.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Tasting 12-01-2007 (Søren, Peter, Carsten). Head was large fizzy white which mostly lasted. Good lacing. Body was clear with a yellow – amber color. Aroma was caramel, toasted, flowers, grass, and citrus. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation. Light bitter-sweet. Well balanced flavor. Kind of short and sweet finish. Fullers flavor is defiantly in there, but only more malty then what I have been use to from Fuller. Nice one!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2007
Sweet malty nose with some characters of root vegetables (parsnip?) and molasses. Looks perfect - deep amber, off-white firm head of perfect consistency, persistant lacing. Again, as in prior years, the flavour doesn’t disappoint - this remains quite possibly the best English offering year upon year, with each successive bottling developing on the one before. The flavour on this one starts with the characteristic apricoty malt, which then develops into a long, rich, mulled wine finish with an underpinning bitterness that balances with a biscuity dryness perfectly. A slight interlacing vinous, resiny sharpness completes the picture for this outstanding and complex vintage.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Sweet smelling, nice colour, good head. Thick and syrupy taste, sweet and fruity but also slightly bitter malty aftertaste that is absolutely amazing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
Light hazy amber colour with a small dense off white head. Malty, alcohol and caramel sweet aroma. Malty, sweet flavor with a strong alcohol sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a dark copper/amber color with a nice sized head that last quite a while. The smell seems a liitle week, not much presence to it. The taste is very good. Very refrshing and smooth to drink. The hop level seems perfect for a smooth but not over hoppy brew. Very drinkable as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
Amazing how much this changes year to year. This sample was excellent. Fruity and pungent aroma (apple, dried apricot) and followed up by exceptional dryness, slight exotic spiciness and enough toffee malts to make the alcohol actually seem like it was part of the equation, like a fine sherry. A bit toasty, but mild. Balanced, mealy, highly drinkable and complex.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3858) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2007
[Bottled.] Light brown colour. Fluffy off-white head. Lots of alcohol in aroma, along with burnt sugar and marzipan. This is indeed too young in my opinion. Big malty flavour with burnt sugar and a bit rubbery. Light licoricy and tidbitty. The alcohol shows off a bit too much. Smooth, almost silky mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3831) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle #45789, courtesy of John White. Amber bronze, excellent lasting fluffy off white head and good condition. Pleasant initial low chocolate and marmalade aromas leading to a toffee sweetness. A little too sweet in the mouth and quite full bodied with toffee maltiness and a gentle peppery hop bitterness, Spicy peppery bitter sweet finish with some chocolate sweetness and a gentle hop bitterness, some orange notes lingering and a touch of nuttiness

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6580) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
A red/amber colour with stable head. Malty aroma with some burtn notes. Some sweetness and alcohol that is well balanced by a subtle bitterness. Not as good as 2004 & 2005 vintages though i.m.o.


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