Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A classic Vintage Ale with an aroma which incorporates spicy hop notes with rich fruit character and leads on to a very full malty, fruity, sweet palate which has a surprisingly clean finish coupled with a matching bitterness.
I have handcrafted this beer from the finest Fuggles, Target and Super Styrian hops, Maris Otter malted barley and of course, our unique yeast to create a truly extraordinary unique brew. - John Keeling, Brewmaster

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3.3
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle #121805 and served in Fullers Pint glass: Deep amber hue with lasting frothy head and good lace. Surprisingly hoppy nose for the genre, very grassy and herbal with an apple and strawberry esters, biscuity Maris Otter and a hint of dusty yeast. The taste is mildly fruit and malty with a balance of bitter and a note of bready finish. The mouth feel is soft and dry. I am not sure what to think of this beer for it seems not deep enough with malt and too hop forward but then that could be interesting in a few years. I just dunno... overproduced? Get back to me in 2010.

3.7
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. A dark amber beer with a off-white head. The aroma and taste is of malt, floral hops and fruits, so is the taste. Medium body with a light sweet finish.

3.6
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours clear amber with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Somewhat light, semi-sweet doughy/fruity malt aroma, with floral hops, and a bit of alcohol. Herbal/floral hops right upfront, with just a bit of malty sweetness mid-palate that is quickly subdued by bitterness, and a good bit of alcohol. Palate is medium, bitter, alcoholic, and oily. Not bad, but the alcohol comes on way too strong.

3.6
robinvboyer (4667) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
nice amber/brownish color. Clear, with a nice eggshell head, with great lacing. Aroma is english hops, smokey malt, and alcohol. Flavour is hoppy, but a tad bit harsh, not very round around the edges. I’ve had the 2004, 2005, 2006 vintages also, and i must say this is the best of the 4 so far right out of the box. These beers tend to really balance, and mellow, and really come together with age, but this one out of the box is by far the most drinkable of all the years i’ve mentionned. I’m VERY anxious to see what this is like in years to come.

3.3
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2007
THOUGHTS: Very Brittish, but very subdued. I like Brittish when done right. I’m just not skilled enough to explain some of them. This was OK but I think it would be better after aging. I might have to buy another of these. Somewhat whiskey like. I guess it’s the burn. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium orangey amber with a very small, white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was light malt and moderate herb and flower hops. The initial flavor was lighlty sweet, while the finish was moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter with a long duration. The flavor had some caramel malt to it, but was mostly flower and herb hops. The medium body was syrupy and a little oily with fizzy carbonation and a moderate alcoholic finish.

3.6
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
500 ml Bottle 123044 from Country Club Liquors; Nose of caramel, grassy hops, and light spices; dark copper with a big beige head; flavor of hop bitterness, light fruit, and peppery spices; finish is mild hop bitterness.

3.6
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO. Golden body with a rapidly dissipating white head. Caramel malts, wood and grass on the nose. Very nice mouthfeel - smooth with a good level of carbonation. The taste is a symphony of caramel, honey, spices and berries, but seems to be lacking something that would push it over the edge into a masterpiece. I’m sure a few years in a cellar would work wonders for this.

3.7
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Pours an orange golden color. Nose is sour and semi hoppy with some malt. Tastes like caramel and honey and some toffee. Just a good beer and would probably be better with some again.

3.6
KwaiLo (3) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2007 does not count
Spare off white head, didn’t last long at all. Not much smell at all, until I had a first sip, then toffee, nuts and bread. Alcohol and tobacco at first, and pepper and honey after. Bottle #27323. I am cellaring 3 more for the next three years. I hope this does improve with age as I have read.

4.2
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Not going to touch my numbers, just add some notes. This thing is aging very well. Slight oxidization is only minor complaint. The alcohol is still present but faded, the hops are still strong in the taste but not the aroma, and that classic Fullers sweet caramel, bread, and general medium to full body is all there and still complex. A really neat treat this many years on. Bottle 6748. Always look forward to this time of year - sure, Christmas, but also a new Fullers Vintage! I always try one new and then set 11 more or so down for years to come. Pours a wonderful dark orange with a medium creamy tight head - looks great. Aroma of alcohol, bread, slight fruit notes and a nice sweetness - good. Mouthfeel is delightful - smooth yet tingly, silky and decadent - really nice, certainly the best of any young Vintage I have had. Taste is strong - alcohol is up front, but gives way to a really intense balanced fruitiness and sweetness. Hops present but not as pronounced as maybe last year - this one is all about the fruit/sweet balance and man, they just nail it. Finishes with a slight burn and warming sensation - the Holidays were made for this beer I tell ya and this year does not disappoint. Glad to have one now, can’t wait to have more in the years to come.


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