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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4.8
carlosbela (55) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 13, 2010
amber, orange, hazy, minimal head, white foam, caramel, herbs, floral, alcohol, woody, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, fizzy, long finish, bitter,

3.4
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
Aroma of honey. Some hops. Flat/boring. But could be something for the wife. Sampled at the ølfestival.

2.7
Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2010
A big ol’ bottle from the finish of Copenhagen ’10: raisiny aroma. An I tense tobacco and date flavour. Too boozy I reckon. Pushing the limits of delicious.

3.4
rederic (3341) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2010
500ml bottle, no. 036591, clean amber color, with a light beige head, toasted, biscuity, caramelized malt, fruity nose of shy candied peaches, orange peels, with a light brandyish accent, faint toffee, honeyed dried sultana raisin note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth, sweet toasted, biscuity, caramel malt, brandyish, fruity character of dried raisins, smooth candied orange peel and peaches, with some mild sponge toffee, cookie doough flavours, leading towards a warming, sweet malty, brandyish, fruity, lingering hop dryness finish.

3.8
Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2010
from erzbierschof.ch - pours a very clear red-amber colour with a poor head retention; chewy malts in the nose, caramel, hops and red fruits; sweet and sticky; full-bodied and with a fair but subtle carbonation; a decent bitterness and a long malty and fruity hoppy finish - doesn’t look as complex as in the past years

3.7
mcberko (18573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
500mL bottle, pours amber with a beige head. Caramel malts and honey dominate the nose. Flavour of dark fruits, caramel, honey and alcohol. Excellent one.

3.4
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
500ml bottle from LCBO. 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

3.7
FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
My first tasting of this line of beers. Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a vivid caramel amber color with a small beige head. The aroma was ripe candied fruits but not a whole lot else. The flavor was yeasty, nutty and sweetish with light candied pear, toast and sugar. The alcohol shows through quite a bit on the flavor. Medium length finish and fairly full bodied. Interesting but a bit of a disappointment.

2.8
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
Wonderful look, amber color with a thick creamy head. As I’ve been used to in these recent years, the aroma is mostly disappointing: vegetables, cabbage, dust, alcohol and just light caramel. Strong body, with oily mouthfeel; average caramel flavor; the final is oily and nutty. Correct bitterness. This beer ain’t get any better in a few years.

3.8
johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2010
Bottle from Waitrose at Wolverhampton. Golden and clear. medium head and a full body. Subtle sweetness. Is it my imagination or are these annual beers getting more bland? Certainly not as impressive as previous years.


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