Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

 
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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
gunnfryd (14876) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruit, yeast, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, hop, fruit, alcohol, yeast, spices, caramel. Nice beer.

3.5
rougeau13 (3014) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
Found a stray bottle at the Yellow Store in San Marcos. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a rapidly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, bread, and overall sweet fruitiness. Taste’s like bread covered in jelly with alcohol. Medium bodied, a little boozy, and smoothly carbonated.

3.6
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle... Poured amber, orange/redish with anthick forming, eggy head. Nice lacing and retention. A very sweet bs malty beer. Notes of old hops, and boozy characters espeicially in the finish. Some muskiness, caramel candy, toffee, earthy spice.

4
solidfunk (8954) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2012
This is world’s better than the 2011 version - maybe if I’d had the patience to age that one for 4 years, it would have tasted more like this. This smells of tangerine without the tang, strong alcohol and hops. Carbonation is soft and sublime. There is some sweetness, blackcurrant-like and a hint of bitterness in the taste. Oakiness grow on the intake of air on the tongue after tasting. Wish I had more to say but I’m too busy enjoying the drink. Huge thanks to HogTownHarry for this one - the Mexican swag I gave him certainly didn’t merit this in trade.

4
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2012
Malty, complex, fruity, strong, warming, and all around sublime. Delicious.

4.4
zacgillbanks (5180) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Bottle from Waitrose Newcastle (aged for 4 years before drinking). Dark amber with toffee apple and caramel flavours, sweet red fruity and vanilla notes with a very light sweet fruity finish. Superb! Drank 2015-07-23, aged for approx. 7 years. A hazy copper coloured beer with a rich plum and blackcurrant flavour, toffee and malty notes followed by sherbet, oak and vanilla on the finish. After 7 years this is almost losing its freshness.

3.6
Scopey (14730) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, tinned fruit (pear, melon, nectarine), brown sugar and spice. The taste is spice, fruit cake, alcohol warmth, leather, residual sweetness of tinned fruit, with a dry finish. Much dryer in the mouth and spicier than previous vintages tasted. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Good.

3.5
EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Colour is tawny brown. Nose is the usual characteristics of orange marmalade, sweet malty barley grain, caramel, but there’s also some bready, doughiness in there which I’ve not detected in previous years. Taste is all of the above and it’s also quite crisp, some herbal bitterness and a dry finish.

3.7
tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
Pours cloudy dark amber with an off white bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, candy, caramel, raisins, fidges, honey, floral, vinous. Flavor is not quite what I expected, sweet, malty, medium body, bitter, a bit phenolic. Finishes bitter and sweetish.

3.7
Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #94927 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy orange/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.


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