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: 360   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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3.6
TBone (17779) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle #46017, BBE 2009. Clear dark copper brown, good tan head. Woody, ashy and nutty hoppy aroma with light notes of caramel and licorice. Liquerish mouthfeel. Licorice and alcohol dominates the flavors. Salty and hoppy finish. Needs cellaring to get more rounded, but nice as such already. Typical high-ABV Fullers it is.

3.6
yngwie (17101) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2006
Bottled at Horsens Beerfestival. Clear golden with a nice off-white head. Malty aroma with alcohol and some hops. Malty flavor as well, with beef-stock and some hops. Full body and a finish with alcohol and sweetness. Not mature enough yet, but a promising beer. (061028)

3.5
jtclockwork (16831) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with cream white head. Nose and taste of molasses, burnt wood, toast, sherry, toasted caramel, fruitcake, biscuit and old orange peel. Medium body.

4.1
FatPhil (16635) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 500ml bottle (sampled 2007/10)
Rich reddy brown, healthy irregular tight cream head. Nutty ginger maltiness on the nose. Quite powerful in fact. Mellowness in the mouth - this one’s sweet, sticky and alcoholic. Very dark roasted malt, and burnt caramel. Dark resiny hoppiness too. Leaves an alcoholic finish, which is its only downside.
A 2nd one (2008/01) was more malt-loafy and raisiny, and bumped the Overall to 17 from 14 - absolutely beautiful brew. Will have another one in a year...
Rerate: 500ml bottle - thanks VastActive and the crowd from Hel! (7:4:8:5:15=3.9) Drunk 2014-11
Winey, a little aged and thin. But so full in the mouth, utterly luscious, beautifully soft and succulent, beatiful woody and raisiny retronasals. So mellow. Nice nutty bitterness. Hint of cognac in the finish. A stormer.

4.1
Dedollewaitor (16229) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
50 cl bottle: Pours orange copper with a creamy white head that drags some handsome curtains. Aroma is very sweet. Almost vinous/port like. Very complex. Sugar , caramel, prune, alcohol & a bit of hops. Full bodied (round), smooth & sticky palate. Pleasant warmth. This is almost as complex as a fine Belgium. Amazing!

3.2
Benzai (16151) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Hazy amber color, Small off-white head. Aroma is malts, sweet, sweet raisins, dark raisins, a hint of dark chocolate. Taste malts, biscuit, again dark and sweet raisins, a hint of dark chocolate. Subtle body and carbonation. A bit old as expected, over the top but still decent.

4.1
Ferris (16067) - 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.

3.4
MiP (15943) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle at ÅBF08, 2 years old. Weak sherry aroma. Clear chestnut colour. Sweet flavour, hint of sherry. Slightly rough bitterness. Needs more time.

3.9
bhensonb (15489) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle No. 70846. Rich roasted malt aroma with fruit/berry overtones. Dark amber color with a voluminous beige/tan head. Medium to full in body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is roasted malt, a fair amount of heat, darkish fruit with wood notes. Vinous. Suggestive of oak aged sherry - well aged. The finish is fairly dry, balanced with bitter. The whole thing runs a gamut from fruit to malt and back. Just outstanding.

3.7
Scopey (15263) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s 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.


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