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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007

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

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RATINGS: 334   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
Brix (652) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-01. Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Burned sugar dominates. There is a slight hoppyness to it - very slight! Also I get wood, port, and alcohol. It’s OK. Not as compex as I’d hoped!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13672) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
500 ml bottle poured a lightly hazy orange with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, fruitiness and a hint of toffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, light fruitiness and a faint hint of spice with a smooth warming bittersweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7438) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not very aromatic, but what’s there is pleasant and clean. Quite sweet, but in a rich/decadent way, and there’s certainly ample bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable. Way better than the last two years (which were drain pours), but still seems short of greatness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2008
Bottle BA Trollhättan – bottle number 96685 Thanks Jörgen for sharing this one! Hugely sweet caramal malty beer that poured slightly cloudy with a short-lived head. The hops sit a long way in the background of this beer, and for me the sweet malt simply overpowers this beer. Was a great pairing with a 6-month old Lancashire Stilton.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Funknmilla (740) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle #136119....Cloudy light copper, looks a little peachy...light beige head....aroma is sweet malts with spices...I smell some nutmeg, and a childhood flashback--baked apples with cinnamon on them...Initial taste is reminiscent to wood used for aging (oak)...I taste some vanilla and bitter sweet malts end this beer, as I end it as well...body is average, and alcohol is well disguised...this beer has more potential and I will try it after aging and re-rate

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2008
500ml Bottle (#130198): Aroma of cream, herbs, malts, and Earth. Poured amber in color with a huge, foamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Very sparkling. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of vegetables, caramel, hops, tea, and earth. Medium body. Chalky texture. Average carbonation. Creamy, lightly bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2008
Cask RA. Brown coloured. Some portwine and medicine likeness in the taste. Some hints of prune and sweetness in the nose.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13563) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2012
Bottled, 500ml (no. 63156) from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Orange amber with no head. This was flat unfortunately. Initially, malty, fruity, quite sweet, then it is overtaken with quite a spiced note, more pronounced than previous versions of this than I remember, quite peppery with a hint of curry powder. Because of the lack of condition there is no real finish to it, it’s over and you take the next sip. It’s ok, but certainly not the best vintage.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KM (416) - 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)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Murky caramel color; light bubbles up top leave soapy foam on my glass. Smells caramely, tastes oaky sweet. Aged booze for sure. Tastes a bit dark & bitter, still some booze at the end. Falls short of Lees Harvest & Thomas Hardy.


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