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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3.5
fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TSODRBSG09.
Clear medium orange amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark berry - dried fruit, raisin, plum. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090822]

3.5
yespr (45398) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
50 cL bottle, #32425. Pours clear, golden orange with a one finger thick and off-white head. Aroma is hoppy at first, followed by a mild fruity note. Smooth caramel malty with a nice set of fruit notes. Somewhat hoppy too. Smooth caramel and bitter finish, nicely balanced.

3.7
joergen (28102) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2009. Clear golden coloured with a small off white ehad. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and marmelade with notes of dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of dried fruits, marmelade and hops. Hoppy finish.

3.6
anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with some weak hints of alcohol and some hints of bitterness in the aftertaste.

4.3
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2009
Bottled (from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki). Amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is fruity, wooden, toffeeish along with quite evident nuttyness and zest. Flavour is hoppy, nutty with some mild spices and licorice. Alcohol gives a huge sweet peak towards the finish. Aftertaste is raisins, mild alcohol, some flowery hops as well as spices. This already tastes very promising for cellaring.

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omhper (25093) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2008
<i>Bottled. </i> Dark brownishamber, rich but fairly brief head. Surprisingly hoppy with lots of mango. Sweet and fruity, full bodied with caramel and marzipan. Notes of brandyand molasses. Warming finish with medium bitterness. The best Fullers vintage I can remember.

3.4
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear amber golden with no head. Sweet aroma of overripe fruit, nuts and caramel. Quite full-bodied, overripe fruit, caramel and nuts. Lightly bitter finish with some alcohol. 310509

3.4
madmitch76 (24786) - , 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 it’s best.

3.4
cgarvieuk (24454) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Bottle (39363)at home Nov 08 ... copper ... light yeast malts ... ligth bitterness ...light fruit ... just a bid dull. .. 3.3

Bottle 59503 (04/10) at home ... light copper ... ovaltine malt nose ... little wishy washy ... little soapy lemon ... again ovaltine malts ... and more citrus fruits. 3.5

4.1
Leighton (21231) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours vibrant copper-amber with a fine, white head. Quite a bit lighter in color than older vintages. Some light, leafy and herbal hops in the nose, with notes of caramel and toast. Medium sweet flavor, sugar, caramel, mild bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a tingly, pleasant mouthfeel. Mild warming finish, candy, sugar, caramel, a bit of fruit, not too much booze. Very, very good.


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