Zer0 (1224) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy amber/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is malty, some alcohol, bready, floral, some fruits and a bit leathery. Taste is quite sweet and light to medium bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Big thanks to Sid for sharing this at RBAG 2013, from the verticel 2005-2008, brown copper pour, smell is rasins, lots and lots carmel, a very enticing aroma with rich complexity, taste is even more smooth than the 2008, a great sipper, with a clean malty finish, my favorite of the several we tried. Ferris (15275) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle - Vertical 2005 to 2008 - Raisin, toffee on the nose. Cloudy brown with a tiny head. Brown sugar, raisin and the usual port suspects and some light alcohol to the end. More like a barley wine and no bitterness. The best example in this vertical. reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours slightly hazy amber/ruby with a medium off white head. Aroma is mild sherry. Flavor has notes of caramel and toffee...mild sherry...faint oxidation. Mouthfeel is tmedium and very silky with an earthy/sherry/mild cardboard finish. Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours orange/amber with very minimal dark yeast droplets coming from the bottle. Minimal sediment. Slight sour aroma. Mostly alcohol/rum, wood, butterscotch. Extremely uniform from nose to palate. With the addition of a little spice, alcohol heat, and some raisin sweetness. Carbonation is ample and soft, but dies almost completely 30 minutes in. Nice experiment.
Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2013
Stopped regular rating 22nd Oct 2012 so this is one of one of my occasional ratings, had this for the Online Mass Rating for Fullers Vintage on 11th December 2012 This beer was better than the 2004 but maybe not quite as good as the 2011. Plenty of orange and whilst quite sweet, it is a sweetness that works rather well. Fruity with a hefty maltiness, some toffee and quite warming but not to heavy on the alcohol front, it has definitely mellowed with age. Reasonable carbonation, looks good and drinking very well. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4 Theydon_Bois (19510) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle at home, from the brewery shop, during the Fullers Vintage mass online tasting - 11/12/12. Bottle #14779.
Pours a slightly hazed orange brown with an off white head that quickly dissipates leaving a few small bubbles atop the glass.
Nose comprises sweet sugars, toffee apple, rhubarb, prunes, orange, fruit cake and a hint of booze.
Tastes of sweet toffee, sugars, bread pudding with syrup, dried fruits, caramel, touch of booze but very well integrated.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate.
Overall a very good vintage, sweet complex and well balanced. wheresthepath (2334) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2015 [Bottle from the Six Bells pub] Deep, slightly hazy amber with a thin white head. Lots of raisins up front, then orange pours through. Rich, vinous and heady like a quality sherry. There’s some Christmas cake in there, and some spiciness too - pepper and nutmeg. The alcohol is evident, but is kept in check; the sweetness works well with a late, light, earthy hop bitterness. A sumptuous, beautiful beer that I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to have tried! dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Aroma is sweet malts caramel, toffee, slight vine. Appearance is reddish darkish brownish. Taste is sweet and sticky, follows the nose in a fulfilling way. Palate is lingering and not hot. happy to have gotten my hands on this one. Metalchopz (3387) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
This is my first try of any Fuller’s Vintage Ale. I have purchased all since 2004, but have always cellared them. Bottle No. 68108. Pours a slight hazy copper-amber colour with foamy beige head, average retention (which is not bad for a brew with a high ABV) and decent soapy lacing. Very sweet nose with caramel, burnt sugars, butterscotch, but balancing things with some dark fruits (prunes, figs, plums) and with notes of oranges, spices and alcohol. No burning from it in the mouthfeel though. Just slight dryness. Smooth tasting and not as sweet as the aromas give out to be. Well blended after all those years with hints of Cointreau, toffee and dark fruits. Pretty nice English Strong Ale with the alcohol still showing, but nicely balanced with all of the other goods. Notes: do not think aging this one 3 years past the best before date really helped all that much (as the taste got milder, but the alcohol is still there).