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Fuller’s Vintage Ale - 2007 - Bottle Number 112262 zimbo (974) - SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Appearance: Deep amber to light brown in color
Nose: Malty and sweet like a rich honey
Taste: Hint of raison with a rich malty sweetness
Palate: Absolutely wonder, velvety smooth, well done
Overall: Although english ales are not my favorite, this particular beer is executed extremely well. Reminds me of a little of a scotch ale. The bottle conditioning process helps to produce a very smooth rich flavor. Fullers has always impressed me with their quality.
Bottle No 79844 Tenth Anniversary YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 22, 2010
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.
Bottle at friend’s house, thanks Nimrod, super rich malt, very rich caramel, orange jam, very bisquity, honey, weak roasted notes, light hoppy bitterness all the way through, a real treat, a malty masterpiece. PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle, three years in the cellar. Snifter. Copper colour, no head. Wonderful aroma: fresh fig, raisin, candy sugar, very sweet and fruity. Full bodied and thick. Malt forward flavour of dark fruit. More fig, toasted malt, caramel, raisin, date. Booze has mellowed. Maybe a slight hint of tobacco in there. Finish is very long with dark fruity malt. Superb. 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.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle #18549. Bright amber with a white head. Malty aroma with a peachy fruitiness. Rich, alcoholic Christmas cake taste, sweet, malty and utterly smooth. Little bitter touch at the back of the throat. Top ale. CH-303 (2380) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 14, 2009
Appearance: Dark brownish red. Quite cloudy. Little head. Bottle no 66681. JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
Aroma: Some dark malt. Prunes, some alcohol.
Taste: Dark malt. Raisins, prunes.
Info: 500ml bottle, 11/1-2009, (171/300)
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 500mL bottle thanks to Tupalev, big thanks Jeff! I was going to put this one off for a while, but alas, I just couldn’t help myself. Pours a hazy ruby with a big, but quickly dissipating rich khaki head. The aroma is complex bliss, sharp hop character, pineapples, caramalt, and an almost sour yeasty aspect to it which is very intriuging. Nice! Flavour is even better, caramel candy sweetness all the way through with faint Brit hops adding a bit of balance. Subtle biscuit aspect is in there too which I really like. Minor toffee, smoke and tobacco flavours show up as it warms. Very thick and chalky feeling which I like, feels ’big’. Yeasty esters abound with a dry finish. This is a fantastic beer. Bottle # 05117. NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Has a sweet cherry scent which follows through to to the taste...sweet cherry with subtle hoppiness with a floral finish....very nice, and I managed to get #131,026 in the series zacgillbanks (5535) - 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