Fullerís Vintage Ale 2006

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1110) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9947) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (17960) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheresthepath (2208) - 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. Thereís 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3203) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
This is my first try of any Fullerís 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23398) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
17th July 2010
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Creamy head. Sweet milky malt nose, a tad oxidised. Slightly soft palate, a little dry. Milky sweet malt, a little orange, toffee caramel. Spicy finish with a carbonated bite. Decent but nowhere near the best of the vinatges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13716) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
Bottled, 500 ml (No. 92,946) from Sainsburys in Banbury. Orange amber with white head. Full, fruity maltiness, quite smooth on the palate with an easy spiciness, rounded, cake like, followed by orange juice. It is all quite subtle and tasty. The close is a touch on the sweet side with a deep sultana hint. All very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13330) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear deep amber, with a thin white lace. The nose is gingerbread, fig, nut, wood, orange peel and spice. The taste is wood, leather, dust, spice, fig, raisin, nut and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Not as sweet and syrupy as previous vintages. Has stood the test of time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2457) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown, almost clear. Nose is marmalade, bit of orange citrous, spicy orange peel and alcohol. Taste is marmalade, spicy orange, alcohol which is quite raw, but again this is crisper and fresher than the older ones and for me getting closer to optimum condition. Still some hop and herbal bitterness. Itís light and less cloying than the older versions.

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