Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

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


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RATINGS: 297   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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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.

kevinsenn (2236) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle, 3 years old, courtesy of paulhegedus - thanks a lot! Pours gorgeous clear dark amber, with tan lacing. Aroma of sweet grapes (think Welch’s), and slight butterscotch. Super smooth taste with fruit (raisins, grapes being strongest), butterscotch, and some very slight roasty notes. Slight alcoholic finish. Great stuff!

Lagerboy (2221) - 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)

fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(thanks to Tony)at Morrie’s tasting(12Nov10)pours red with a medium tan head. Aroma is toast, nuts, orange marmalade. Mellow toast and figs flavor with some white pepper kind of spicing and heat in the finish.

oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Reddish amber pour with a lively white head. The aroma is hugely bready with notes of wheaty crackers, toffee, nut, rum tiramisu, and caramel. The flavor is caramel, nutty toffee, bread, dough, and a light spicy hop note. The palate is medium to full bodied with a supple, smooth mouthfeel and a chalky finish.

ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Very similar to the 2008, with cognac, chocolate and nougaty butter. Appearance is ruddy brown with tan head. Flavor matches the nose, but much more sweet than the 2008, and also with more citrus hop presence. A newer beer that still will benefit from additional age, but very nice now.

sm89walt (2070) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2012
500ml bottle, no. 079295. Consumed on day of rate. Poured with a fine, loose & lasting creamy off-white head with a bright, golden-hued amber body beneath. Malty sweet and aromatic; lots of honey, treacle, brown sugar, a drop of cherry, spicy mid fruits and gentle peppery hop on the nose. Again, predominantly sweet on the palate with brown sugar & honey backed by yeasty touches, raisin tones and a marmalade pithiness in the end. Delicate in terms of bitterness with a subtle spicy, peppery dryness there in the finish. Still nice and lively on the palate. Lightly warming in the throat. Mouth-coating and supple whilst remaining quite crisp, dry and balanced. Never overwhelming or sticky sweet. Medium body & carbonation with a soft to mid-length finish.

EHSRanders (2059) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber colour with medium creamy white mostly lasting head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel. Sweet flavor. Alcohol finish.

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

Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 (Bottle number 022907) I tried this cask with chriso i think last year @ ’the Ealing beer fest’ and thought it was erratic and too syrupy . Ok, that was a hot 90 degree day in west London ...this is a cold night in Kent for context sake .....
the nose is seductive .. sticky, fruity acccented with vibrance ...Syrupy malts are rich and intoxicating ...some sugars ,booze, apple esters , caramel ...very nice on my nasal
This beer head lacks the strenght of the 2005 and that’s ironic....its subtle beige and messy
On my palate this opens midly , the rich notes one would expect slowly intergrate on the palate but are frigid at first...notes of toffee , lots of apple , cherry ,raisin bread ,spicy earthy hop bitterness ..But the flavours are lacking balls im afraid ....
I feel jaded like this ale...
(Bottle number 008324) this looks better than the last bottle ...robust sandy shade of beige above deep glowing redness.... fruity nose , cherry , smoke ,apple , smoky ..with a huge slice of sugary laden malt
Tastes just like the last bottle ,no real variation like the complex twists seen in several 2004’s , its solid , but im looking for gold in a swamp.
(bottle no. 007816) more plump and soulful from this bottle and just proves how variable these beers are but that makes it cool dissecting . plump and rich maltiness.cherry notes reside in sugary boozed up pleasentries..earthy hops swim through the syrupy aspects of this more textured bottle. My last from my cluster of vintages and ive enjoyed umm.

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