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: 341   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Many thanks to Odeed for this. Pours a nice amber hue with a decent head and lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A little residual hop aroma and some sweet toffee notes. Light lemon rind, toffee, bread yeast, and just a pinch of phenolic character. Quite a bit of rough bitterness and some fusels make me wish I would’ve laid this down for another year. Then again, with what I’m tasting - my particular bottle probably wouldn’t hold up. A bit rough on the finish with more fusel character coming to the forefront along with the general "green" character of the bottle. I’d say, if you have a bottle lay it down for another year and see how it turns out.


3.7
Hoprider (778) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2017
Opens with a little pfff, so still a good amount of carbonation left. Pours cloudy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, soft bready malt, tiny oxidation despite the full decade. Tiny vinous note on top of the barley. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste along with mineral yeasty notes and more caramel. Mouthfeel is medium rich with soft carbonation. Held up extremely well but maybe not as complex as I had hoped.

4.1
danlo (3359) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2017
500ml bottle. No. 45765. Brown amber colour with a reddish-orange tinge, tan foam head leaving some lacing and aroma of toffee, malt, dried fruits, leather, vanilla, orangey citrus. Taste is sweetish malty, caramel, toffee, molasses, dried fruits, figs, leathery, nutty, woody, boozy, port, with candied orange citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry nutty earthy tangy citrusy bitter finish. Very drinkable.

4
bigcat03 (340) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 Bottle #91181 poured into a nonic pint to celebrate passing my doctoral defense. Cloudy caramel pour with a tiny of white head. Aroma is apples, plums, and caramel malts. Initial taste is lots of dark fruits, figs, biscuit, some oakiness, and a little alcohol. Aftertaste is light and continues the flavors already mentioned. Very full bodied with light, but active carbonation. I wasn't sure what to expect with this since it was brewed ten years ago, but it has aged well! I believe it's a bit higher than 8.5% now too. Great memories of my last trip to London.

3.2
Beerhunter111 (23265) - Beerland, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2017
50cl bottle. A hazy deep amber beer with a small off-white head. Aroma of oxidized red malt, red fruits. Taste of caramelish malt, sweet malt, red fruits, oxidized fruits.

3.7
Erzengel (9751) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2017
Bottle from my cellar, No. 55846. Deep round smooth nose. The beer starts intense with alcoholic parts. Sticky fruity, yellow fruits. Long intense deep aftertaste with alcoholic parts. Round and refreshing, dry, caramel, round and smooth. Nice.

4
tmrmwel (2314) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2017
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Bottle, vintage 2007, no 56030, ten years after bottling. Pours clear mahogany, with a big head receding to finger thickness. Aroma is hops with grass and earthy notes, as well as roasted malts with dark bread, caramel, muscovado, prunes and dark fruits. Medium to full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is earthy hops with herbs and grassy notes, as well as roasted malts with caramel, kandi, bread and dark fruits.

3.6
Camons (13497) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2017
Bottle @ Sdr. Borup, Birthday party. Pours dark golden with a small offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, wood, toffee, some oxidation, dried fruit. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, wood, light oxidation, dried fruit, dates, light alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet finish with little warming alcohol. 120717

4
john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottles. Drank Dec 2007, May 2008, Aug 2008, Mar 2009 & Feb 2010 - Amber in colour. Strong, sweet, smooth, very malty, very fruity ale. Very Malty; caramel, toffee, hint of chocolate. Very Fruity; orange citrus, orange peel, dark fruits. Some spicyness. Earthy hop presence and slight bitterness. Alcohol very evident. Terrific beer! (2010-02)

3.4
fiery1 (1817) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2016
500ml bottle @ Matt’s. Pours a cloudy dark copper amber. Nose presents evidence of oxidation, but some dark fruits and caramel linger about. Flavour is also oxidized, however some nice caramel sugars going on, dark fruits, and a malty semi sweet body. I’ve tried newer versions of this and I think I have enjoyed this one more so.

3.3
mcberko (19837) - 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.


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