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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4.3
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2009
16oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a mid sized long long lasting off white head that leaves great lacing. Very dense head. Gorgeous beer. Complex aroma of honey, hazelnut, raisins, caramel and citrus. Flavor is tons of caramel and vanilla up front going into a grassy hop middle with decent bitterness. Sweet honey notes with hints of raisins finish out leading to a lingering finish with slight bitterness and notes of caramel and vanilla. Terrific. Underated, and this beer will only get better with time.

3.6
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
500 Ml bottle from the LCBO bottle number 27087 The aroma is hops and alcohol with a touch of honey and caramel Pours a nice deep copper with a good sized white long lasting head The taste is creamy and smooth nice warming alcohol edge and a touch spicy Pretty good I would like to taste one that has been aged a while maybe I will have to pick up another one

3.6
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
( Bottle bottle nummer 117627) Copper pour with some amber wheyís of grain. Nice bitter notes. Some grainy hopes and candied malts. Lots of sweet tops here and there. Pretty cheap price. Hits the palate nicely. A bit strong on the alcohol tip. Might mellow out a bit later on. Because of the low price I might go buy two and rerate in a few years.

3.7
scoth (683) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours cloudy orange-amber with a medium beige head, very fine and lasting lacing. Rich malty aromas with caramel, vanilla, apple, biscuit, and hay. Medium body, smooth, crisp, lightly dry but low-carbonation. Flavors of toffee, biscuit, vanilla, pine, with some earthy notes. Medium-bitter piney finish, almost enough to balance the malt.

3.5
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottled. My friend bought me one for Christmas, so we each had one. Poured and looked good. Strong boozy flavor, nearly barleywine like. Maybe this needs some time because it seemed really hot.

3.9
Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Good brown-like/ German-style combo (though English). Nice yeasty tone throughout. Light carbonation

4
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
500ml Bottle #03645 - Pours a nice cloudy orange, very thick off-white head that never left and clung to the glass for itís life. Prunes, plums, raisins, bread, burnt caramel all come out to me in the aroma; sadly, the remnants of a cold are probably costing me the full experience. Lots and lots of alcohol in the flavour, but itís not overwhelming. Balanced nicely amongst all those notes promised in the aroma alongside a heavy dose of malty sweetness. Something astringent hits the tongue but itís pleasant enough. Very enjoyable.

3.7
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2011
Hazy amber with a white head. Light honey and caramel, candeid fruits and biscuits. Didnít try it fresh, but it seems to have aged with grace.

3.8
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured amber with a slight tan head. Big malty and caramel nose. Taste was sweet malty and caramel balanced with earthy hops. There were notes of herbal tea and some bitterness. Another strong effort by Fullers.

3.1
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle from regionals (#28720). Pours a redish orange, thin off white head.
Aroma is potent, sweet caramel malt pervades, a spicey character underlies, quite a bit of alcohol in there as well as raisiny fruit.
The flavour is quite sweet - caramel, syrupy texture.
Hops are present, a bit sugary still. Bitterness doesnít quite compensate. There is a slight raisiny fruit which is nice but faint.
Very drinkable, might be better in a year or so.


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