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%
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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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3.7
JorisPPattyn (10118) - 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.

4.2
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.

3.7
tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2013
bottle shared poured a hazy orange/brown color. sweet malt aroma almost the sensation of sweet tea. the flavor is boozy upfront and then sweet malts blended into a wonderful flavor. there is a bit of doughiness from the yeast.

3.7
Gurthnar (6291) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle (#079237) shared by Cuso, thank you! Hazy deep amber colour. Aroma plum, caramel, light alcohols, diacetyl. Taste is soft chocolate, toffee, lightly fruity. Light background bitterness. Finish is long, sweet, balanced with some bitterness. Late roasted character.

3.8
pivnizub (10906) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle(#017208):Amber coloured, stable and lacy and creamy off-white foam, nuts or almonds, dried fruits and/or raisins and a touch of port-wine in the complex nose; moderate to solid sweet flavour with a slight bitterness, full bodied; more bitterness in the still sweet fruity-vinous-caramally finish. Heavy and nice…

3.4
Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
500 ml bottle # 016783 Clear medium copper, smaller creamy tan head settles and mostly fades. Musty aroma of strong sweet malt. Sweet malty taste, caramel, toffee, some fruitiness, backseat earthy floral herbal hops, a lil’ boozy and slightly oily. Soft carbonation, medium-full bodied, lightly hopped. A little disappointing. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

3.8
allmyvinyl (11182) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours copper with a thin white head. Aromas of apple pie, poached pears, dark sugar. Taste has a touch of booziness, and a very faint bitterness, mostly just sweet and sugary though. Nice, got a few to age so will be interesting to try again in a couple of years.

4.3
Dohny (367) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Poured from bottle. Brown color, slightly hazy, minimal tan head. Aroma: malt, tofee, leather. Sweetness of caramel malts, raisins, dried fruits is well ballance with bitterness of noble hops in finish. Full body, smooth, warming, soft carbonation.

4.1
Cuso (8950) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, kindly donated by Scopey, many thanks. Dark amber colored beer with medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, herbal notes, piney hops. Taste, toasted malt, caramel, biscuits, ripe oranges, tangerines, aromatic hops. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

3.9
Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Copper-brown pour. Thin off white head. Aroma is sweet with some malty fruit. Flavor is really nice and the mouth feel is perfect. An overall sweet beer with caramel, alcohol, and spice. It’s hard for me to describe. Really nice all around.


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