Fuller's Vintage Ale 2009

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

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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Vintage Ale is a truly distinguished bottle conditioned beer. Each vintage is a blend of that year’s finest malt and hops, creating a unique limited edition brew. Being bottle conditioned, it is after bottling that the flavours truly begin to develop, and continue to do so well beyond the best before date that we are obliged to state.

The 2009 Vintage features Kent grown Golding Hops and East Anglian Tipple malted barly. It has an intial aroma of rich Muscavado sugar followed by a brandied caramelised

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3.4
Fin (10918) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle that I had been ageing which was tried alongside a 2007 and a 2010 consumed 25.12.10 Pours amber orange with a white head, bit frothy though soon departs. The aroma is sweet, fruity and with a little hoppiness but not too much. Big beer, bit chewy, but also has started to soften with a bit of age on it, some light banana touches, toffee and caramel with a touch of alcohol soaked fruit. A7 A3 T7 P3 Ov14 3.4

3.6
drjay44 (3833) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
500 ml. bottle. Number 121995. Pours a medium beige head, over a hazy, amber (SRM 9) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, very light molasses, dried fruits including fig, raisin, light honey....taste is heavy sweet malts, with toffee/caramel dominating initially, then fruits including raisin, fig, plum with a minimal astringent finish.....mouth feel is thick, chewy and sticky, carbonation adds a pleasant spritz. This is a rich, complex, heavy with malt, beer. The hops are minimally present in the face of the malt assault. As such it is sweet, and will not appeal to a mono-dimensional "Hop Head". However, those who appreciate the full spectrum of malt, will be well rewarded. The style is really that of an Old Ale. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7

3.6
alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear amber color with a thin soapy head. The aroma was sweeter caramel, ripe fruits and yeast. The flavor has sweet caramel, doughy malts, ripe fruits, decent. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat viscous. Good to try once.

4
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2010
[email protected] Toffee and hop aroma. Amber colour, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, bitter, toffee, light herbal, spirits. More bitter in the finish. Sticky mouth feel. Not too complex but just wonderful.

3.6
Holy (897) - GERMANY - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle from Urbain’s personal stash, No 006341, 2009. Golden amber color, firm white head that leaves strong lacing. Aromas are candy, caramel, breads. Taste starts sweet following the aroma, but ends up dry and slightly bitter. A nice ale.

3.5
Tmoney99 (14985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle. Poured copper color with medium white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium toasted malt and dough aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to moderate duration. Good interesting brew.

3.4
ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Very similar to the 2008, with cognac, chocolate and nougaty butter. Appearance is ruddy brown with tan head. Flavor matches the nose, but much more sweet than the 2008, and also with more citrus hop presence. A newer beer that still will benefit from additional age, but very nice now.

3.7
HenrikSoegaard (14620) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Light amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. MOderate biter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

2.9
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2010
(500ml bottle #3174 thanks to blutt59) Bright orange. Smell matches the appearance with lots of orange. Taste has more malt, graham cracker. A good bit of alcohol, could probably use some more age to tone down the alcohol.

3.4
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
amber pour. heavy sweetness, mild bitterness in finish. overripe fruit, caramel, malty. too young; opened too early


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