Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

 
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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2009
Pours deep copper. Light hoppy aroma. Flavour is very intense. Sweet and chocolaty. Fuggles are very strong on the palate. Tastes very alcoholic. Not bad, but I could deffinatly stand more time in the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (949) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2010 Hazy amber with very little head. Nose is fruity and a bit musty, slightly oxidized. The flavor has notes of ripe fruit, sherry, and earth. Not bad but not amazing either. I wonder how well this holds up to extended aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle No 126617 pours red amber clear with a decent and lasting head and lace sheets. The aroma is caramel and citrus. The flavor is like orange marmalade on fresh biscuits with some orange peel accents. The palate is rich and smooth. This could be classified as an ESB and rate well. Overall, I like this a bunch.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2009
Bottle #06307. Pours golden orangey brown with a creamy beige head that shrinks quickly to surface cover. Aroma is sweet and complex: notes of caramel, raisins, burnt sugar, dates, oak, biscuity malt and plums. Flavour features a bit more hops than the aroma but otherwise shows similar characteristics, particularly the raisin, burnt sugar/toffee and malt notes. There are also hints of orange and sweet spices in the mix. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium body with a slightly bitter finish that lingers a bit. A really nice vintage ale that seems like it would improve even more with time, I just wish I had another in the cellar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gilvanblight (823) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2010
Reddish orange pour with sticky head. Fruity scent. Thick bitter taste. Having recently had Fruli on draft is probably affecting my tastes unfortunately. Not nearly as boozy as the %age indicates. A bit too much carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
Tasted 01/02/2009. 500ml boxed bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Rose gold. A hint of autolysis and hop, rich malt, a little nut and autumn fruit, balancing bitterness. Spicy warming finish. Simple. Divine. The magnificence of malt is so under-rated on this side of the planet. Iím heading out to buy some more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2009
bottle - 2008 vintage - pours a fairly clear light amber color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma has loads of honey, fair amount of caramel, faint herbal hops, orange peel, light oak, white grapes. Flavor has fair amount of toasted caramel and oak, notes of lemon, cinnamon. Finish is fairly sweet. Pretty good overall

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   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.


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