Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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Leighton (21239) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours amber-red with w foamy, white head. Rich, dark and ripe fruits on the nose, some subtle caramel. Medium sweet flavor, light alcohol notes, cake, fruits, toffee. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish, lightly dulled alcohol edge, modest toffee. Very nice.

evergreen0199 (3368) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle at home from my large stash of Fullers Vintages. I’ve drunk so much of the 1999 Vintage that this relatively recent 2007 was quite a surprise and very different indeed. Still quite young but it was an absolute delight. Orange/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, almost like an aged Belgian Christmas beer. Definitely similar to Stille Nacht as the previous guy says. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, port like, malty, spice, sweet. I could drink this every day. BEAUTIFUL!

laiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013
50 cl bottle @ KBF. #86358, Rated on 27.11.2010
Sweet aroma feels belgian and has something in common with Stille Nacht. Flavour is also sweet with raisins and sugar and actually feels a bit belgian too. Needs still a year or two to get to the top!

jesperhammer (4735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2011
03-AUG-2011, bottle @home, present from Morten, kept in my "basement" for a couple of years, tasted side by side with 2009 version. Orange with lasting beige head. Very fruity nose with ripe fruits, apples nuts, and apricots. Taste is the same with even more dried fruits and a touch of maderization. Very barley wine like - surprisingly so. Expected something thinner but this is very full, and quite sweet. Much much better and fresher than the 2009. Wonderfull brew.

Psytron (2283) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2011
Bitter and sweet. Two great qualities in a beer. Thus, great. (This beer rating was imported from FB and unfortunately lacks any further comments.)

bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle No. 142308: pours a cloudy orangish brown with a frothy white head, malty, spicy and citrus aroma, taste is spicy, bitter, dark fruit, slightly sweet, fairly thin bodied with a dry finish.

lukin (628) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
4 year old bottle. Pours reddish-orange, fluffy head which left a ring of lacing on the glass. Aroma of raisins, berries, port. Taste is sweet and a little tart, lots of plum/raisin/dark fruit as well as some toffee and spice. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way. Interesting and quite a good beer.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Madeira, oranges and caramel converge over spicy hop bitterness in this tame strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy, dull orange.
-The lightly maderized nose worked harmoniously with the residual sugars.
-Tame tartness peeked through the finish.
-The hop finish was still potent enough to balance out each sip with spicy, leafy bitterness.

4-year-old bottle.

TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
Bouteille de 500 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de caramel légèrement fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #3566)

MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
Bouteille de 500 ml, lors d’une dégustation. Arômes de céréales caramélisées et légèrement grillées. Légère touche fruitée. Robe abricot, très légèrement trouble, aucune mousse et effervescence assez faible. En bouche, on retrouve un beau malt Maris Otter typiquement anglais, caramélisé et légèrement grillé. Une amertume moyenne contrebalance bien le sucre des céréales. L’alcool apporte un léger réchauffant en finale. En bonne forme, malgré son âge.

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