doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Poured a pretty tawny red color into a tulip glass with an exceptional head that stuck around.
Initial burst of malty sweetness, followed by a warming, bitter alcohol flavor that complimented the sweetness.
Smooth all the way down.
Very enjoyable. mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
bottle: pours a dirty light brown colour with a decent head that llingers . very earthy aroma with pine and almost dirt like earthyness. very small hint at citrus slight bread and a dry malt aroma too. very nice and i like it alot. flavour is really good with a good amount of dried figs and hints of raisins, touch of brandy like alcohol and nice earthy finish, drinks very smooth and kind of refreshing for a strong ale. finishes with a real nice bread and a great palapte. very good english ale. 2 thumbs up!!! marcus (10470) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours cloudy amber with an attractive beige head and a wonderful toffee aroma. The flavor is bread, caramel and electric hops with initial sweetness that fades to bitter. This is a lovely ale that is both flavorful and warm. 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. GuideDogSaint (1690) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle no. 01604 at home 28/7/14. Pours dark red brown with a white head. Aroma of raisins. Sweetish finish, can feel the alcohol. Very nice.
k0mpsa (3019) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Nr 00626 Bottle from saveur biere, france. Hazy reddish brown color, tanned head. Aroma is malty, strong oak, sweet notes. Taste is balanced, oak, sweet notes, malts, raisins. mariuspoenari (2850) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 Vintage 2006 (opened in 2015)
Pours a chestnut red ale, with some foam that dissipates quite soon, which is only normal after 9 years of ageing.
The smell is quite rich, with caramel sweetness and a very strong brandy feel up front, followed by dried fruit (figs and raisins) and a hint of alcohol.
Smooth texture with light carbonation, warm to the feel, it tastes like caramel, toffee and dried nuts, and also figs and brandy. The finish and after-taste are slightly bitter. The alcohol is perfectly incorporated in this ale - it’s present in the smell as well as taste, and feels like it belongs. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2006
The Fuller’s Vintage Ale release is one I await with annual anticipation. The fact that such an awesome brew is obtainable in the beer hell that is Ontario is almost a miracle. This one is liquid mahogony/tan leather capped with billowing beige froth, leaving spiderweb-lace. It’s very aromatic in the way you would expect a scotch to be. There’s a hint of iodine at first, followed by heavy crystalized malts/burnt sugars/butterscotch and this is all wrapped up in a sipcy, floral, hoppy blanket. Sound complex? It is.the flavours are awash with full on deep rooted english malts (sweet caramel, brown sugar/butter) lots of spiced up hops here with a dash of whisky (wood, iodine). Lingering malt based finish, very warming and spicy. The complexity will leave you breathless. Keep this one away from the kiddies. johndoughty (5504) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2006
Bronze and clear. Slightly fruity witj no carbonation and left no lacing. Very mellow, just like drinking a well rounded Sherry.The alchohol doesn’t take over as it often does with beers of this strength. A lovely Christmas gift to myself! JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bright copper color with a taller bigger bubbled head. Nice tatting of lace. Floor malt, yeast, mace, white pepper, with a touch of alcohol and oak. Heavy malt and spice flavors. The spice is there partially from the alcohol influence, but also from the hops. A hearty licorice linger. This seems stronger than the past vintages, albeit some time since I have had one. Toffee seems to ooze out as this one warms. There are times this one seems too strong, but then I set back and think, Ok this is an English strong, it is supposed to be. I’ll be getting some more of this to set on. This should mellow nicely.