Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 299   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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NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle #122698. Pours a red/amber with a small white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor has lots of dried fruit character with nice malty goodness coming through. Slightly warming finish, this has really developed nicely over time. Perfectly balanced. Great beer.

shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

2009 Vintage ~ No 147097/160000

12/01/2010: Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009... Aroma: Vanilla and toffee; plenty of caramelized malts and sugars. Appearance: Hacy golden-amber color; head is thin and off-white to beige in color. Flavor: WOW! Big, strong, a bit toward the sweet side - dates, golden raisin, Hawaiian bread - toffee and caramelized caramalts. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; nice mouthfeel. Overall: Quite good, but will probably improve even more with 1-2 more years of age...

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle (Alc 8.5% Vol; Best Before End 2012) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #239 for this beer.

kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2013
When drinking this I had to remind myself what it was and rate it also on sticking with the style. Given the age this had on it as the flavors had blended well but it was a little boozy. It had a sweet malty aroma with alcohol. It had a whiskey color with little head. Carbonation was mild. The palate was smooth and oily. The flavors were of caramelized malts with very little hops appearing. It had a sharp finish of burnt sugar or raisin with more alcohol. I think I remember liking the 2008 Vintage better.

jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle from the legendary Kris Wines. The pour’s deep reddish amber with a tiny off-white head. The aroma’s rich toffee, glazed donut, burnt brown sugar, peppery hop. Nice dark fruit accents. Some sweet pie filling. The taste is rich brown sugar coated cherries. Chewy sweet toffee. Slightly hot wood accents. Warm boozy richness. Full palate, soft carbonation. Overall, nice stuff, an excellent fireside beer.

Kingi (662) - - JUN 1, 2013
oak on the nose and taste. dark copper colour light head. alcohol pushes through a bit. light sweetness on the taste. finish could be longer. good ale with a mature taste, good with cheeses but a bit too oaky alcohol on its own.

k0mpsa (2964) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
Bottled 2009, no 022193. Hazy orange brown color, white head. Aroma is malts, oak, sweetness. Balanced malty body, oak, little alcohol, some licorice.

evergreen0199 (3368) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle from my large stash of Fullers Vintages. An orange/copper coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Gorgeous sweet, boozy aroma of caramel, port and over ripe fruit. Tastes somewhat similar, sweet, caramel, malty, fruity, port like. This is probably at its peak and has mellowed well. Delicious.

IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 22, 2013
500 ml bottle (bottle #108591) a gift from bhensonb! Nose is sweet brandy soaked raisins, hints of toffee and alcohol, and a bit of a musty old ale note. Clear copper rust color with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet with only a very faint contrasting bitterness, mixed with some golden rain notes and finishing with some alcohol warmth.

Wombata (623) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2013
Aroma: concentrated, rich aromatic malty raisin. Flavor: smooth caramel, raisin, orange. Doesn’t finish as long as the 2007. Comment: with only 3 years of age it is still too young, though the aroma is good. Needs 5 years minimum.

berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
Bottle (50cl). No. 051014. Lovely, deep amber colour, slightly hazy. Half-inch, semi-sticky head, booze-like swirl, leaves some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with toffee, cookies, caramel, dried figs, hint of resin, menthol and sherry vinegar. Medium/full body, soft carbonation. Sweet taste, yet superbly balanced by a mild bitterness, some acidity and hint of salt. Long bittersweet aftertaste.

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