Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


on tap


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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear amber brew, slight head. Nose is toffee, caramel, grassy and floral hops. Some oxidation but adds something to the flavor - caramel and grass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3218) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle - This bad boy has been sitting in the cellar for years, then the fridge for the last 6 months--finally got to it. Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Nose is fruity and yeasty, with sweet bready malt and tons of honey. Taste is sweet, but not cloying sweet--honey sweet. Lots of mellow breadiness, a touch of nuttiness, and some grape/port notes. Big and full with medium carbonation. Didnít realize this would be as fruity and drinkable as it was, but color me impressed. Makes me wish I would have bought a couple of these!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Juusto (37) - FINLAND - JAN 14, 2013
0,5l bottle number: 46437. Golden brown with thick head, hardly any carbonation. Smooth and very nice palate. Aroma is combination of raisins, caramel and syrup. Alcohol surprisingly well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle 79307. Poured a murky brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma of soft caramel malt and some spice. Medium to full body, flavour of alcohol soaked dark fruit with some orange undertones

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23332) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
30th May 2011
Cloudy brown beer, short lived tan head. Smooth palate, mild fine carbonation. Creamy caramel malt. Mild oxidisation. Sublte orange hop bitterness. But overall this is a sourish beer. Finishes semi dry. Tasty but already seems past itís best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (6771) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2012
500ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thank you). Pours light brown with small head.Fresh and juicy, somewhat minty and lots of raisins in aroma. As it warms up some alcohol joins the party. Sweet, fresh hay, chocolate and raisins in flavor. Minty chocolate cake in aftertaste. Super beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (923) - SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Deep orange brown with a decent marmaladely Christmas pudding nose. Slick flat light body with an inappropriate late finniness in the aftertaste. Strong alcohol. Structurally this beer just canít carry this beerís inteneded weight or complexity. At best disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2015 500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
A: 7 pleasant fruity cakey aroma
L: 4 Rich red, hint of haze, tight orangy-beige head.
T: 7 Some toffee and cakeiness, but I also get slightly floury aspects that Iím less keen on. Balance between the sweet cakey malts and the zesty hops is very nice. Flour subsides later, but is replaced by a bit of dustiness instead.
P: 4+ Full smooth palate, gentle carbonation. Cakey finish, some cut mixed peel with an almost orangy zesty tingle. Perfect for sipping after a meal. Hops do seem to build up sip after sip.
O: 16- Maybe itís becuase I like the bitter hops, but for me it improves sip after sip, the cakeiness never fades, but it becomes mellower and more succulent, and the hop bite never stops building up - lovely. Look forward to tasting this again in a year or two - it has enough sweetness and strength that it should age very well. (Yes, I know, it has had 4 years already.)
Rerate: 500ml bottle (8:4:7:4:14=3.7)
Aroma really showing the ageing, super sweet fruity body. Taste super mellow and sweet, love the fruity aspects. Pleasant bitterness in the finish. Not shining, but still very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2014 50 cl bottle (#55500) @ home, BBE 31.12.2011
Aroma has plums, raisins, apricot and a boozy feeling. Also some malty caramel and toffee. Flavour has ripe fruits, raisins and plums. Apricot and a non‐disturbing feeling of alcohol in the finish. This even has some similarities with American strong ales. No signs of off‐flavours whatsoever. Rich and nice!

50 cl bottle @ home
Not that good anymore, cardboard in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (2053) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
No. 42712 Unclear brown orange, small tan head fades. Sweet dark malt aroma. Sweet robust and rich, aged and layered flavors of caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, some spice and mild floral hop bitterness. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Finishes dry, sweet and lightly bitter. Very nice. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

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