Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

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


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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our 12th Vintage features two of our favourite English hop varieties, Northdown and Challenger. These, combined with floor malted Maris Otter malt, produce a rich fruit aroma laced with dark orange hop notes. A full luxurious mouthfeel is finished off with a satisfying alcohol warmth.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4142) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Part of a vertical tasting of vintage years 2008 through 2015, drank in January 2017. 2008 (bottle #127432) was rounded out to a solid caramel, with that lovely oxidation that makes vintage beers what they are. 2009 (#105287) suggested some tobacco and a luscious nose. 2010 (#094046) help up better than the 2011 (#108000), with better caramel flavors and some fizz; the later year was just flat and old tasting. 2012 (#125741) was clearly brighter in the nose, though losing some of its body, while the 2013 (#109909) was showing some signs of oxidation. 2014 (#141264) was equally bright with 2015 (#134049), and both were worthy bottles that I could have enjoyed had I just been sitting with the whole bottles. Thanks for my friends for joining me as I shared these bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3339) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2017
Been cellaring for a while, No. 71701. Pours a hazy amber colour with a beige creamy head, good retention and some creamy lace. Dark fruit aromas with caramel malts and some nutty notes. The taste has the figs, raisins, nuts with the toffee and the hops appear in the finish. Mild grassiness giving a little bitterness. What lingers is quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Drank Dec 2012 - Reddish Amber in colour; paler than recent earlier Vintage Ales. Very malty; caramel & toffee, toasted malts, hint of chocolate. Fruity; bitter oranges, marmalade, dark fruits. Some spiciness. Earthy hops result in some bitterness. Sweet, smooth and mellow overall. Alcohol warming and very evident. Very malty fruity throughout leading to a long bitter hoppy and very dry finish. Very tasty. Nice beer! (2012-12-26)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2016
Fresh sweet malty aroma. This beer has only gained in complexity over the last eight years. Medium-full body, creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (6094) - GERMANY - APR 29, 2016
Huge thanks to quack-duck for that bottle! Looks really, really good. Beer in the glass brownish, small head. Malty-old aroma. Starts intense malty-wheaty, strong, some alcoholic notes, not too intense. Hints of caramel and some cookies. Light sourish-bitter background. Finish warming, malty, alcoholic, fruity hints. Really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (5700) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2016
Flaske (nr. 32477), delt med Ovesen på 1. nyttårsdag - årets første aktivitetsdag på Holmen! På etiketten står det "best before end 2011", så det var med spenning vi åpnet flasken. Lykke! Her er alt som det skal være - farge og skum er upåklagelig, og den nydelige aromaen av sherry, appelsiner, hvit portvin/desssertvin og nåletrær høyner forventningene ytterligere. Oh yes, smaken er en nytelse fra første til siste slurk, og alkoholen er godt gjemt. So smooth and rich. A beer rater’s life is indeed good. Uunnværlig luksus. Fullers ruler big time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen2 (3521) - NORWAY - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 01.01.15. Clear darl orange amber. Persistent, pale brown head and lacing. Aroma of dried fruits and Sancerre. Similar taste, with succade, sherry, white port and caramelized nuts. Long aftertaste. Superb and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (3504) - ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Hazy orange copper, small quickly diminishing white head. Nose is fruity, vanilla, caramel, sweetness. Flavor is fruity, mild bitterness, vanilla, smooth mouthfeel, some oxidation. Smooth, sweet, almost silky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (4090) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle (shared by fatphil, thanks). Pours amber without head. Aroma is sweet, malt, sugar, fruits, vanilla. Flavor is very sweet, vanilla, oak, malt. Overall: great brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LLaurin (457) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2015
Impressive in 2015 with raisins and lots of dried fruit. Taste is wine like and sweet with good freshness after this time. Impressive that it can develop to this extent over the years.

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