Fuller's Vintage Ale 2008

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England

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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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4.4
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with orange highlights. Aroma of toffee, fruitcake, wood, leaves, light sherry, caramel and cornbread. Tastes pretty sweet and malty with a lot of caramel, toffee, wood, port, raisin, brown sugar, and a minimized fruitcake aspect (though it’s still there of course). Finishes earthy and elegant with a bit of earth, toast, wood, dessert spice and a brown sugar-esque malt that lingers for ages. Full bodied and creamy, seems bigger than the 07 Vintage Ale. I love this!

3.9
kbudd19 (1022) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Big thanks to Sid for sharing this at RBAG 2013, from the verticel 2005-2008, brown copper pour, smell is rasins, carmel, a bit of sweetness, taste is Exceptionally smooth and well delivered.

3.8
mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours a light orange-amber with a brief head. Aroma is very sweet - malty and fruity. For the first time in my memory, Fullers Vintage Ale tastes like an American barleywine. Strong malting bordering on astringent with just enough hops to give it an herbal but not overly bitter edge. Present alcohol (for a change). This is definitely a departure from the norm, and will age well. Reasonably thick body and good carbonation. Interesting!

3.1
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle No147350. Pours a very nice dark copper color with just a tiny bit of hazy and a big pillowy, very dense off-white head. The aroma is surprisingly faint. All I am really getting is some simple sweet caramel malt. Wow, the flavor is VERY sweet, but not boozy and heavy enough to be undrinkable. lots of dark and light fruits in this one. Its almost like a tamed English Style barley wine. The sweetness is very aggressive and cloying upfront, but as it lingers, the more flavorful fruit qualities begin to blossom. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Overall: I see the potential, and think many (especially English BW fans) would really enjoy this one, but it is far too sweet for me.

3.4
zimbo (983) - 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 can’t carry this beer’s inteneded weight or complexity. At best disappointing.

3.5
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.

3.6
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
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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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
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.


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