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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

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


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RATINGS: 316   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1888) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Good example for the style. This had some age on it that probably caused the flavors to blend. Sweet malty aroma. Caramel brown color with little sustainable head. Flavor profile was of a standard English ale, just amped up a bit. I had this a year ago and it had more character. Malts are heavy followed by a candy-like mild sweetness. Also kind of bready. Alcohol was also very present in the finish. A year ago this was probably one of the best Fuller’s I’d tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerGantzel (336) - 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 (5982) - 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 (5078) - 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 (3068) - 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 (3024) - 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 (3380) - 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 (333) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2469) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Light brown with a pale head. Aroma is brown sugar, candied orange peel, musty basement. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, slightly oxidized but still well balanced with a sweet finish. Taste is raisins, orange peel, caramel, hint of leather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (4380) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Bottle from the rotter. Pours red to light brown with orange highlights. Nearly no head, just some light film of bubbles. Moderately oxidized nose with dried light fruits like a trail mix almost, nutty and fruity. No hops in the aroma. Flavor seems a tad flat with a severely lackluster malt sweetness that just seems to be watered down dextrose. Unfortunately, the flavor does not seem to deliver like the aroma does. A tad papery as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (11310) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jbeez. Pours a clear orange with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is caramel, fruity malt, citrus. Medium mouth, very sweet, caramel, light booze, held up very well but a bit thin.

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