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. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Bottle. Nose is sweet, indistinct. Some gapes and wood come out as it warms. Deep brown/amber. Lots of fruit, touch of alcohol. Very sweet, a bit too much so. Palate is smooth. Should mellow with age. TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Honey, alcohol, fresh grain nose. Very subdued. Lovely brandy color. Slightly sweet, bready, some alcohol, dark fruits. You can taste several of the flavors trying to come out, but dont.Too immature yet. This beer is meant to age. Good things to come from aging it. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2007
Bottled. Clear deep amber with a small grey head. Prunes, red berries, pepper, licorice, wood, nuts and spices in the aroma. Full-bodied with notes of spices, berries, plums and peppery alcohol. Long medium-bitter finish of pepper, wood, red berries, prunes and licorice. It already possesses well-integrated flavour. Nice one OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
500 ml bottle, No. 07888. Bright copper colour with a mostly lasting frothy and creamy off-white head. Rich caramel aroma with toffee, woody, and leafy notes. Rich and smooth caramel, raisin, and light cherry flavours with a woody, fruity, and earthy bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and lightly chewy mouthfeel. A touch of alcohol sneask in at the end, but not much for an 8.5% abv beer. Pretty good, but not the world beater past vintages have been made out to be. Still, it’s nice to have this available locally to be able to grab a couple more for the cellar.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
Pours a beautiful clear amber with a decent but short-lived creamy head. Aroma is at first quite alcoholic, but opens up into a lovely malty aroma with notes of light fruit (apricot, peach, etc.) Tastes surprisingly strong - scotch-like malting (lots of caramel) with plenty of alcohol and a lovely lingering & warming hoppy finish. Delicious! A bit sweeter than I was expecting, but with good hopping to balance - yet not as hoppy as 2006’s vintage. Body is low to moderately carbonated, not too thin but not particularly creamy. This beer will definitely benefit from a few years of aging, and I intend on stocking up. Very nice dessert beer, a real treat! HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Bottle # 29396. Bright clear copper pour, large lasting frothy off-white head. Light caramel malt, alcohol and slightly soapy floral hops - lightly acidic and funky, very pleasant (almost a 7), although it seemed a little cooked-veg initially. Sweet light roast caramel malt, nice fresh grain, a nice little sting of alcohol, a hint of tangerine and smoke, good light UK hops framing it all. Average body, nice astringency, a little sticky on the lips, and a lingering alcohol presence stays with the malty linger. This one’s pretty much ready now - the alcohol may mellow a bit with age, but the malt and bitterness are restrained and seem to work well together. A nice drinking VA this year. JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle pours a vibrant golden amber with a light mid-sized head. My only wish is that the grassy note was slightly more subdued. Perhaps it will mellow out in a short time before I have my next bottle dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
This beer pours a deep rich amber color with a medium tan head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aromas are strong malt with a little spiceness as are the flavors. This is a fabulous beer! just go get one and drink it now!!
Cheers! fiulijn (20992) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
Cask at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Beautiful amber color; still. The aroma is simple. The mouthfeel is strong, with some good sweet malt, a bit oily, but nothing special. A bit warming. Powerful but not impressive.
A bottle is awaiting in the cellar, for better days...