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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Shows promise with bitterness, malt and barley. Not astringent at all. Good drinking and should be a smooth one in a few years. Great white head on brown.Above average mouthfeel. Had 7 years later and like a well aged American strong. Low tasty bitterness and like a barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (10057) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
Burnt orange with a thick almond coloured head. Perfumey floral hop aroma with sweet toffee. Palate delivers the same with a fairly decent balance between the hops and the malt. Finish is quite warming but not intrusively boozy or hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
apple juice looking body with not much head.aroma is caramel malts,sugar,and alcohol.flavor is much of the same with a slightly fruity finish.one of the better years i have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle from the LCBO- This vintage ale pours rusty copper, and is generously topped with a beige froth that leaves plenty of lace. Caramel malts and fresh hops fill the nose and come equipped with burnt sugar, rose petal,fruity undertones and some metallic notes. Tastes of sharp hops and sweet fruity caramel malts. Lots of floral hops lead to a bit of a metallic twang near the finish. A bit boozy and unbalanced at this point, but overall enjoyable as a sipper. Look forward to experimenting with this in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours a light orange-amber with a brief head. Aroma is very sweet - malty and fruity. For the first time in my memory, Fullers Vintage Ale tastes like an American barleywine. Strong malting bordering on astringent with just enough hops to give it an herbal but not overly bitter edge. Present alcohol (for a change). This is definitely a departure from the norm, and will age well. Reasonably thick body and good carbonation. Interesting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Number 28720...To the eyes: Syrupy looking. Orange/amber hue. No head, really..... On the nose: Brown sugar, crisp. More sugar... Some herb notes with orange peel and toffee. Quite basic. Nothing spectacular..... Flavour: Ridiculously sweet and malty, hardly anything else gets through. Some alcohol bitterness. Almost zero finish, except more sweetness. Not very awesome. Just sugar...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottled. My friend bought me one for Christmas, so we each had one. Poured and looked good. Strong boozy flavor, nearly barleywine like. Maybe this needs some time because it seemed really hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (5043) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Original Rating, 12/22/2008: Dark orange, brownish color with a thin head. Aroma is a little earthy, kind of musty, moldy in a good way, and mossy. Flavor is strongly dried malt, lots of barley. Dusty. A solid fresh hop and vinous bite, plus pretty much everything from the aroma. A very solid Vintage Ale. I will be happy to try this one again in a couple of years. 8/4/8/4/17

Re-rating, 10/14/2010, Bottle 126546: Dark orange, brown color with a medium head. Strong orangey aroma. Lots of caramel and bits of toffee. Very bready flavor. Thick with malt. Quite fruity. Very light chocolate. Full bodied, slightly dry. Noticeable hops, mostly earthy and spicy. Same score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle No. 04764. Pours a amber orange with a good slightly off white head that slowly dissolves. Aroma is spicey, malt, soft bread cookie and alcohol. The flavour is top notch, malty toffee base, with a alcohol sweetness, some gingerbread cookie flavours, ends on with a note of good bourbon. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the finish is incredible. Have two more of these on the shelf, expecting good things to come of come aging them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
Clear orange, very little bubbles, with white head that thins slowly. Scotchy malt aroma. Creamy, boozy, sweet malty scotch taste. It does warm the body on a cold night but not much complexity yet.

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