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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3.4
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 Bottle thanks to someone at the Bruery tasting. I have another in my cellar to age. Pours with a large, off-white head and a hazy bronze body. Aroma of figs, caramel, raisins and cereal. Taste is caramel and figs. Has a strong need to be aged. Light bubbles and a creamyish mouthfeel. One of the more aggressively bitter Fuller Vintage ales that I have had fresh.

3.4
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - DEC 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (500ml) #27544. Clear burnt amber pour, solid two-finger foamy tan lasting head. Biscuity, somewhat boozy aroma, quite grainy and oddly raisin-like. The taste is a little sweet, and it seems woody, almost like a blended scotch - quite alcoholic. The mouthfeel is a little thin, it has a bit of an astringent bite, and is very well carbonated - decent, needs to mellow a lot.

3.4
jcwattsrugger (12559) - 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.

3.4
cgarvieuk (26374) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Bottle (39363)at home Nov 08 ... copper ... light yeast malts ... ligth bitterness ...light fruit ... just a bid dull. .. 3.3

Bottle 59503 (04/10) at home ... light copper ... ovaltine malt nose ... little wishy washy ... little soapy lemon ... again ovaltine malts ... and more citrus fruits. 3.5

3.4
elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Fullers Vintage Ale 1/26/09 (bottle. Pours clear orange with a soapy, cream-colored head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar, champagne, baking soda and cream soda. Palate is smooth and lightly carbonated. It remains surprisingly light through the mid-palate, finishing dry. Flavor begins on a caramel malt note with some nuttiness. Finishing touches include back-of-the-tongue tartness, tea and apple juice. Overall, flavor is attractive, yet underwhelming. Fullers has created a beer that might age well, but tastes simple right now.

3.4
jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2009
[email protected] Not their best in the row of Vintage Ales. To me it’s more like a very well brewed European Strong Lager than a English Ale. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Amber colour, yellowish head, good lace. Very sweet, very bitter, malty, apple, bit metallic finish. Thick and oily.

3.4
rauchbier (3949) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle No. 89041 from Waitrose. Amber gold, thin but lasting white head and gentle condition. Gentle sweet, almost tinny maltiness in the nose with some trace flowery hop, full and sweet initially in the mouth but qickly drying out and becoming chalky bitter with a trace of woodiness, short alcoholic finish with some lingering toffee notes. Not impressed this year.

3.4
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with small amount of beige head. Lots of honey sweetness to balance the alcohol, nice hoppy finish. I look forward to trying again afer some aging.

3.4
Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear amber golden with no head. Sweet aroma of overripe fruit, nuts and caramel. Quite full-bodied, overripe fruit, caramel and nuts. Lightly bitter finish with some alcohol. 310509

3.4
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle 144005. Pours coppery and red with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malty aroma with caramel, a touch of alcohol, and dried fruit. Thick, rich, and creamy mouthfeel. Lots of malts, sweet, hints of brown sugar. Very nice. Warming, but the alcohol is hidden. It’d be nice to grab another one and cellar it for a whlie. Thanks Rach!


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