Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

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


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RATINGS: 317   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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JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2009
bottle - 2008 vintage - pours a fairly clear light amber color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma has loads of honey, fair amount of caramel, faint herbal hops, orange peel, light oak, white grapes. Flavor has fair amount of toasted caramel and oak, notes of lemon, cinnamon. Finish is fairly sweet. Pretty good overall

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Vintage Ale
Date: December 24, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity malt aroma, floral and woodsy hops (fuggles?)
Flavor: rich malt flavor, nice fruity character, lots of sweet caramel candy, nice earthyness, grows into a sticky sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle No 126617 pours red amber clear with a decent and lasting head and lace sheets. The aroma is caramel and citrus. The flavor is like orange marmalade on fresh biscuits with some orange peel accents. The palate is rich and smooth. This could be classified as an ESB and rate well. Overall, I like this a bunch.

hayduke (5572) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
At $8.75 a bottle this came in a box and the bottle poured a nice cloudy rich amber color with a light tan head and some sticky lacing rings. Nose of caramel malts and some citrus hops, backed up with odors of ripe fruit. Quite a tantalizing odor. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Flavor was very rich and finish long and dry. I found this quite drinkable and enjoyable and every bit as good as the 2007 version.

blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
<i>Bottle (500ml). No. 28965.</i> Pours a clear, bubbly orange-amber with an average to large size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Slightly mild aroma of fruity malt and a significant amount of alcohol -- malty and fruity is mostly all I’m getting from the aroma along with a bit of sugar coming through afterwards. It’s nice though. Sweet, malty flavour with noticeable alcohol, biscuit and some hops in the finish. Not as complex as some previous years past but still a very fine beer.

downender (8687) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle 37667. Deep amber in colour with a decent, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, red fruits, nuts and orangey hops. Flavour was also sweet, with tastes of digestive biscuits, more caramel and fruit, a touch of vanilla and some juicy hops, leading to a moderately bitter finish accompanied by a touch of warming alcohol. Very enjoyable.

EHSRanders (2059) - Tjele, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 Bottle. Clear amber colour with large creamy off-white mostly lasting head. moderate malty aroma. Sweet fruity flavor.

fiulijn (20614) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
<i>Bottle shared by Mes</i>
Amber color, creamy head. Good malty aroma, grainy. Malt flavor and caramel, quite sweet, well balanced, richer than other recent vintages. Will try it again.

mikkopen (1172) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy amber colour, thin white head that leaves some lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel malts, fruits and a hint of alcohol. The flavour is caramel-malty, fruity (raisins, apricots etc), a little sherry-like. Nicely warm and bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied, smooth and a little buttery. Very enjoyable and balanced.

beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle no 28352 Hazy amber colour with big fluffy white head. Big fruit rasin aroma. Fruit loaf with hint of bread flavours. Creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

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