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: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, apple pie, brown sugar, toast, light oxidation. Taste is of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, light herbal notes, biscuit, toast, and baked apple.

3.5
rosenbergh (11931) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Bottle #020621. (Fuller’s) London, the UK. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
A dark amber colour with a tiny frothy off-white head. Sugary sweetness, alcohol, dark fruits, mild hops and mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is sugary, sweet, berry hoppy and malty with some alcohol. Surprisingly thin after the other vintages. Thin and sweet. A first disappointment.

3.9
slowrunner77 (13203) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"another well done malty but balanced beer. warming, but not hot or strong. I’ve had these just about every year - haven’t rated em all - and they’re always something i go back for."

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Beese (3288) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle. Poured a lightly hazy amber colour, with a thin off-white head. Aroma of rich berries, burnt sugars and big malt. Nice balance of flavours; sweet fruits, treacle, mixed with chewy grain and some pine hops. Finish was perfect mix of caramel, dried fruits, peppery hops and herbs.

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tlind2 (1815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle, stored cool. Copper color, tan head. Lead pencil and oak aroma. Licorice and juicy malts, some fruity notes. Full body, medium-light carbonation. Signature vintage malt flavor which has probably dried out a bit with time. Very nice.

3.8
miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.4
cmacklin (1370) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear medium amber colour with a small, short lived off-white head. Aroma is sweet with caramel, malt and alcohol. Sweet caramel, malty flavour with a warming alcohol finish. Medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

3.4
hopscotch (11410) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle... Cloudy burnt-copper pour with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is a malty, estery swirl of dates, red grapes, fruitcake and sweet port. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is medium-sweet, boasting candied dates and raisins with a splash of vintage port. Malty, hearty, warming finish.

3.8
cfrancis (3611) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
Pours ruby brown with a small white wisp. Aroma is raisin, caramel malt, barley and oak. Taste is sweet toffee and caramel malts, barley, oak dryness and raisin. It’s in the wheelhouse for me.

4.3
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2014
Excellent! Aroma is toffee, raisins, and caramel. Wow is this buttery like rum? Taste is tons of caramel sweetness that taste slightly toasted with some hints of raisins. The finish is so unbelievably smooth. This is an exceptional beer!


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