Fuller's Vintage Ale 2007

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England

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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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3.7
TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Noticed I hadn’t reviewed this vintage, so I dug one out of the cellar. 500 mL bottle. Muddy copper with a small beige head. The aroma is fairly standard BSA. The flavour began with some earthiness, followed by sweet, then surprisingly, some booze at the end. Not as fruity as some of the other vintages - taste is a little thinner. To me, this one may have peaked a year ago.

4.5
zimbo (973) - SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle No 79844 Tenth Anniversary Bottle nose showed some spikiness, roastiness, a touch of slight white pepper. Very very easy head, magnolia to beige. A copper oranginess with typical sparkles. Body is medium to full, some sap, some glossiness. On the tongue there is banana, dried fruit and an almost whiskiness to it. Dried glace fruits, some brown sugar. So complex with a long dry end. As good as any beer you’ll ever have had from any brewer, anytime, anywhere. Maybe better. Just spectacular.

4.6
BlackHaddock (7696) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle # 103559. I’ve been saving this for a few years: tonight is the night! Poured slowly into my ’Abbot Ale’ glass tankard. Nice looking brownbody with a red hue: on top a full, deep head of off-white foam. Port like in aroma and intial taste: a rich fruit cake infused with Port and Vanilla. This is so good it frightens me. I only have this one bottle: nothing like any other British brewed beer I’ve had for many a year. The flavours just keep coming and as the beer warms in the glass the aromasand taste change a little: Sherry replaces the Port, the Vanilla takes on a dark chocolate hint and caramel easters begin to appear. This is sweet and I like it. Really, really inpressed. I hope my 2011 version is as good when I open that.

3.8
sic1314 (4967) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle 52901. Poured amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma of Christmas cake dried fruit soaked in sherry. Smooth, creamy medium body, flavour of vanilla, sweet malt a bit of caramel

3.3
KM (418) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle. Nice amber body, with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma, honey, berries. Strange flavour, some sweetness, light bitter finish (and some chocolate cake too). Can feel some alcohol flavour. (At home (bottle bought in a great beer shop in Amsterdam in Dec 2008), 19.10.2012)

4.3
zacgillbanks (5511) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2015 Bottle from Tesco, Hexham; Beer Ritz, Leeds; UtoBeer. 2007 Vintage: Drank on 2015-01-09, 2014-01-11, 2014-10-24; Aged for around 7 years, hazy dark orange-amber coloured with sweet oak and sherbet flavours, red fruit and orange notes with a sweet red fruity and currants and almond finish

3.8
CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2012
The 2007 was a bit of a ’let-down’ compared to the 2004, despite its younger age. The ’spicy hop notes’ had died down a bit in the 3 years of aging, but still the delicate strength of Fullers beers comes through. This series is incredible interesting and again, my hat is tipped to Fullers, they don’t ’need to do this.’

3
DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Vladimir. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some fruitiness, some oxidation and a bit of fruits. Sweet malty flavor, honey-ish, a bit biscuity and fruity. Finishes slightly drier and alcoholic. Medium-bodied.

4.4
eyes_wide_shut (112) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JUN 29, 2012
At a tasting in Nimrod Rosenblatt house in Haifa during a blind tasting, bottle no. 76552 (Tenth Anniversary), pours very cloudy brown color with off-white head that dissipates quickly, slightly sparkling, smoked and slightly hoppy aroma, sweetish, very malty and caramel taste, flows, alcoholic and smoked aftertaste, overall an outstanding beer.

4
jvhemert (438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2012
AROMA: basement aromas, earthy, leather, fruity, woody APPEARANCE: amber, cloudy, frothy quickly disappears TASTE: lightly bitter, light sweetness PALATE: full body, thick feel, lively, long finish OVERALL: interesting full-bodied beer, found the yeast a bit overpowering, gets close to a Belgian strong ale.


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