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: 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (13519) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (13311) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (13074) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
Slightly hazy amber with a small white head. Rich fruity and malty aroma with some marmalade. Sweet rich malt flavour, still with a little sharp alcohol. Nice hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (12930) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, alcohol, caramel, fruit and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12893) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
(500ml, bottle No.146992, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber body with moderate creamy beige head. Aroma of grass, caramel, and florals. Flavor of butterscotch, caramel, herbs, grass, and raisins.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12803) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle. Amber color. Malty, flowery soft hopbitter aroma with hints of biscuit and citrus. Malty sweetish flavor with blackcurrant butterscotch, flowers and a hint of salt. Well balanced, just a bit alcoholic ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (12550) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12477) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a large, frothy off-white head, great retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and nutty malt with pine, citrus, and floral hops; fruity with light alcohol notes. Flavor is a malty and hoppy start with an alcohol and spicy hop bite, fruity with some light doughy yeast notes and chewy malt. Full bodied, warming with high carbonation and a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
16.9oz bottle-pours an off white head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, earthy/herbal (English) hops. Taste is rich medium malt-caramel, spice/earthy/herbal (English) hops. Thanks jwc215 for sharing this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12273) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2009
from crackedkettle.com - hazy amber-bronze colour with a poor and chaotic foam; robustly malty aroma with notes of almonds and apples; full-bodied and quite sticky; the palate is quite mellow with a solid sweetness; fair bitterness, long malty aftertaste with notes of apples and caramel - good but needs some aging


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