Fuller's Vintage Ale 2009

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%
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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MoritzF (10095) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
(bottle) Hazy, amber to copper colour with a short and slightly tanned foamy layer. Slightly molassy, nutty and cara-malty aroma with vinous notes of dried fruits and a tinge of marzipan. Sweet and delicately bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. Nutty and caramelly malty taste with a pronounced vinous fruit-character; lingering sweet and slightly bitter finish a muted alcoholic strength. 25.IX.13

john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - BCA - BBE Dec 2012; Drank Jan 2013 - Orangey Amber in colour. Very Fruity; bitter oranges, marmalade, peel. Spicy. Hoppy; earthy hops. Very Malty; caramel & toffee, toasted malts. Good sweetness/bitterness balance; smooth and mellow. Alcohol warming and very evident. Very fruity malty throughout. Long bitter hoppy and very dry finish. Very tasty. Nice beer!

Inbreak (6519) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 01.02.2014, 0,5l bottle @ Boha Restaurant:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, caramel malts, nuts, chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, dark sugar, hints of licorice. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel malts, butterscotch, dark sugar, nuts, chocolate, almond cake, licorice, grass. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice one.

ansjelaah (1747) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @joes. Copper/brown color. Smells sweet, a bit bourbon, malty. Tastes sweet, malty, bourbon.

Benzai (16681) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. Clear rusty dark orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, tea, some alcohol, some sweetness, raisins and a bit soapy. Medium body and carbonation.

PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2014
Vertical in 2014 with 2013, 2009, 2005 and 2000 Vintage compared. APPEARANCE: clear darker blond beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: alcohol, signs of oxidation, some port. TASTE: alcohol, sweet, oxidated.

tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2014
11/I/14 - 1Pt. 2.6Fl. Oz. bottle @ JorisPPattyn’s place - part of a vertical: 2013, 2009, 2005, 2000 (2014-37) Thanks to PriorL and Mathieu87 for sharing the bottle!

Clear copper red beer, aery irregular off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: some caramel, honey, malty, little oxidized, some marzipan, sweet, big sugary. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: caramel, bit sweet, lots of orange peel, little bitter, alcohol. Aftertaste: caramel, bit yeasty, orange peel, malty, bit oxidized, honey.

BadAprilia1000 (437) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Pours a reddish brown color with a creamy tannish colored head. Aroma is of slight funk, a bit of vegetable ale scent as well, finished with a ever so slight hop note with a sweetness to it. Taste is extremely interesting, very sweet flavor from the malt body, deep caramel note followed by a very light bitterness which rounds it out. Overall a very complex and interesting drink, one to try but not overly drinkable.

JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
Part of a vertical comparison, many thanks to M & L V.!. Huge cream-coloured head over faintly hazy amber beer. Molasses, caramel (the Muscovado!), and indeed, very sweet-smelling. Sweet-caramelly caramel-covered cookies, Café Noir, faint trace of raw alcohol (again the sugar?). Sticky, medium to full-bodied, viscous, but surprisingly well-carbonated. Perfectly balanced it would be, if half of the sugar would have been left out.

joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
My friends and I always save these beers for special occasions. This one was enjoyed at a recent dinner club gathering that we do several times per year. This is always a complex, sophisticated ale that is best enjoyed with good friends who truly appreciate good beer. Pours a beautiful amber color with a modest off white head. Aroma is of sweet malt and brown sugar, and dark fruits. Flavor has sweet malts, dark fruit, molasses, and a warming lingering finish that is reminscent of a good brandy.

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