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: 317   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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3.7
jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours reddish amber. Nose/taste of baked bread, buttered biscuits, cherry wood, malted barley and sweet caramel. Full satisfying mouth feel.

3.8
FatPhil (16930) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2015 500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
A: 7 pleasant fruity cakey aroma
L: 4 Rich red, hint of haze, tight orangy-beige head.
T: 7 Some toffee and cakeiness, but I also get slightly floury aspects that I’m less keen on. Balance between the sweet cakey malts and the zesty hops is very nice. Flour subsides later, but is replaced by a bit of dustiness instead.
P: 4+ Full smooth palate, gentle carbonation. Cakey finish, some cut mixed peel with an almost orangy zesty tingle. Perfect for sipping after a meal. Hops do seem to build up sip after sip.
O: 16- Maybe it’s becuase I like the bitter hops, but for me it improves sip after sip, the cakeiness never fades, but it becomes mellower and more succulent, and the hop bite never stops building up - lovely. Look forward to tasting this again in a year or two - it has enough sweetness and strength that it should age very well. (Yes, I know, it has had 4 years already.)
Rerate: 500ml bottle (8:4:7:4:14=3.7)
Aroma really showing the ageing, super sweet fruity body. Taste super mellow and sweet, love the fruity aspects. Pleasant bitterness in the finish. Not shining, but still very delicious.

3.7
Dedollewaitor (16357) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2009
50cl bottle. Pours dark amber with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is sweet of alcohol and malts. Caramel, dark fruits and sugar. Smooth palate. Low carbonation. Still a little rough around the edges compared to the older ones. Still quite nice!

3.8
Ferris (16296) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle - Vertical 2005 to 2008 - Raisin, toffee and biscuit on the nose. Cloudy brown with a tiny head. Brown sugar, raisin and the usual port suspects and some light alcohol to the end. A really nice example in this vertical.

3.3
MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
Cask at KØ09. Mild sweet flavour. Cloudy dark amber colour. Citric amber colour. Citric flavour, some port.

3.8
bhensonb (15618) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle 142804. Rich reddish copper color with a decent beige/tan head. Strong aromas of roasted caramel and floral hops. Full body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is light brown sugar and lots of floral hop. Very clean and smooth. No oxidation yet. Finishes well balanced, and a touch of heat can be discerned. Drinks very well.

3.6
Scopey (15476) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, tinned fruit (pear, melon, nectarine), brown sugar and spice. The taste is spice, fruit cake, alcohol warmth, leather, residual sweetness of tinned fruit, with a dry finish. Much dryer in the mouth and spicier than previous vintages tasted. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Good.

3.8
djd07 (15342) - 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.

3.5
Ratman197 (15220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2009
500ml bottle poured a clear orange with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, candied apple, carmel, pepper and spice.Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, light carmel, candied fruit and light spice with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.

3.6
gunnfryd (15175) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruit, yeast, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, hop, fruit, alcohol, yeast, spices, caramel. Nice beer.


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