YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle: lets see...raisins, prunes, figs, cognac, Armagnac, rich rich malt, butter, caramel, brown suger, molasses, some toasted bread, a bit chocolate milk, cardamon, slight saltiness, wet wood, weak cherry heering, extreamely complex and rich, great sipping beer. tomer (3853) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 26, 2010
At a tasting, many many thanks Zvikar, almost no head, amber to deep red colour and a little hazy, aromas of dates, figs, some oxidised notes and hints of Pedro Ximenez sweet sherry. Flavours of figs, mollases, prune brandy, demerera sugar, dried apricot, raisins and fermented soya beans, with a touch of alcohol making its presence felt, body is big but certainly not heavy, long and exquisite sweet and sour aftertaste. A great beer to sip leisurlly. Bozo_skeleton (1165) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 5, 2014
Noël ça a du bon, surtout lorsque l’on découvre une Fullers Vintage Ale 2006 au pied du sapin !!!
C’est parti...je me retrouve avec la bouteille 298 (sachant qu’il y’en a eu 10000 de produite).
Robe ambrée sombre et voilée, carbo très faibl, petit collet de bulle très fine qui laisse une belle dentelle sur le verre.
Arômes très fruité sur les fruits noirs (prune, figue) et la liqueur typé cherry.
Un palais extraordinaire, belle rondeur, très bon équilibre. Des flaveurs de cake aux fruits et des notes de caramel en final, petite amertume.
Une merveille ! edsspoon (905) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle enjoyed on Christmas day - ruby red with a light brown fizzy head which fades to a ring. Very lively body, with little lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee and blackberries with hints of port and alcohol. Taste of sherry, blackberries, raspberries, port and oak with hints of yeast and loads of chocolate. Medium heavy body, low carbonation. Very rich, slightly sweet. Tastes kind of like port, incredibly nice. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
Light amber-brown colour. Bright. Thin, caramel-tinged head. The aroma might be the best ever for this beer - an outstanding and extremely appetizing blend of spice (mace, cumin), malts (earth, caramel), yeast (shiitake, light sweat) and firm alcohol (white pepper, proper Russian vodka). Full body. Rich caramel and earthy malts highlight a brilliantly-balanced character, alongside a surprisingly complex and enjoyable alcohol blast. This is tempered by a depth of toffee. The finish is again just amazingly balanced between peppery alcohol and toffeeish sweetness. By far and away the best Fuller’s Vintage I’ve had. Magnificent, well worth the seven bones. I don’t know what the rest of you guys have been drinking, but bottle no. 58573 was pure genius. (Purchased at Brewery Creek).
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours like a dull copper penny w/ a tall head that just hangs there like a full moon. Sticky lace reduces to a full, thick downy comforter. Aromas of fresh dark fruits and bright caramel shine through. Full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Fat malts sustain a huge molases backbone w/ defined citrus rind to balance. Flavors of brown sugar, toasted cramel, blackcherry, honey, leather, bitter coffee bean, and cakebread. All this w/ only a moderate sweetness factor. The finish is long w/ a well bittered citrus rind component. A solid brew. 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! RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle #70785, from notes on 12/06. Pours a dark amber with some ivory head. Nose is nicely hopped, but not overdone or overpowering. Slight citric scents present also. Flavor is smooth. If there were one beer you were going to call "fine beer", this would be it. Beautifully aged, you can tell by the flavor that time was taken with this one. Slight bit of a sweet edge that comes and goes quickly, as does a slight alcohol taste as well. Feel is thick. Borders on syrup qualities, but yet again is not overdone. Easy to drink off flavor, but not off texture. This is one to sip and enjoy for a time. I don’t think you could go faster than that if you wanted to.
Overall a beautiful production. How often is it that a brewery can manage to make something so visually appealing through packaging and deliver such a big hit with the goods inside? I’ll be looking for more of these after I move within the next month or two (I got this one when I was out of state). I will also be eagerly awaiting all future releases. jerohen (2379) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Hazy orange-brown coloured, off-white head. Fruity notes, malts and liquorice in aroma. Roasted notes, caramel and toffee notes in flavour, alcohol presence. Lingering finish. Really good. jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
Thanks to ekstedt & friends. Hazy amber, very light beige head. Honey, raisin, port and caramel to the nose. Sweetish. Soft, round mouthfeel. Very light carbonation.