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%
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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 (22327) - 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.

3.6
Rasmus40 (21990) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 26, 2016
Bottle from Best of Beers. Clear red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and light oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 260416

3.8
Koelschtrinker (21492) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
Würziger Beginn, leicht honigartig. Würzig, rund, geringe Süße. Schmeckbarer aber eher unwichtiger Hopfen. Rundes, zum Ende etwas trockenes Bier. 11/12/12/12/12/12

3.2
fiulijn (21274) - 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...

3.7
Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle split with JF at a Sue’s away mini tasting in the ’Sham, 11/03/14, massive thanks to Fin for digging this one out for me #85518. Lightly hazed amber with a good sized off white covering that eventually thins to a swirl. Nose is figgy jam, dark fruit mash up, demerera sugars, tobacco, light sherry notes. Taste comprises prunes, dates, fruit cake, leather armchair, candied sugars, caramel fudge, hint sherrification. Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, sweetish closure. Solid stuff and still holding up well at 7 years although not the best vintage I’ve sampled.

3.4
saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, spices and herbs.

3.2
harrisoni (19341) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2007
Cask gravity at Bowl Inn, Charing. Cask had BBE 12/03/2008. Strong alcohol and a bit syrupy. Decent hop on finish but more muted than other vintages I’ve had. Good raisin fruit. Malty/raisin up front, then dry hop on finish. More earthy and less grapefruity than I expected. Still got plenty of hop though. Needs time to mature.

3.3
mcberko (18998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2016
500mL bottle, pours a murky cloudy dark amber brown with a small white head. Aroma brings out notes of cardboard, dark dried fruits, slight tartness, and bready caramel. Flavour is quite oxidized, but in a good way, with tart dark fruits, bready malt, and cardboardy oxidation. Oxidized, but pleasantly so. Solid stuff.

3.8
Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2016

Bottle 21106, consumed in Dec 2016 @ 9 years
Hazy, amber. The aroma is a bit oxidized, chewy, but so different on the palate. There is still some oxidiation, but some really nice, rich, soft toffee-caramels. This ibeer has aged into a richer, medjool sweetness, quite good. Would rate 3-7-8-4-15 = 3.7

Bottle #32497, LDB Middlegate
Golden-amber colour. Bright (actually no trace of residual yeast at the bottom of the bottle either). Thin head. Earthy, mushroomy nose with hints of obscure UK hops and diacetyl. Complex character - earthy, chalky, minerally - is more reminiscent of Yorkshire than London. Caramelly and toffee malts, lots of earth, hops like Typhoo tea and a brawny, woody, alcoholic finish. Damn fine - not as stellar as last year’s but an impressive bottle nonetheless. 7-3-8-4-16 = 3.8


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