Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 295   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 yearís 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (2050) - 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 lilí boozy and slightly oily. Soft carbonation, medium-full bodied, lightly hopped. A little disappointing. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (2039) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Psytron (2036) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2011
The scent is fruity and nonsurprising. Thatís why the surprise in taste was so big. A bit fruity to start with, but with a strong flavour of licorice directly afterwards. The somewhat high alcohol content fits in perfectly. Should buy one more bottle of this and store it for some years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (2015) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1992) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1985) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Aroma of apple juice, grape, cedar and cherries. Pours hazy brown with a blonde head. Tastes wet and juicy. Apples, cherries, ginger snaps, and concord grapes. Delicious and favorable. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1931) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 (Bottle number 022907) I tried this cask with chriso i think last year @ íthe Ealing beer festí 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 thatís 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 2004ís , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark, clear amber with a decent, sudsy white head. Aroma: Pear, caramel, vanilla, herbal hops, and a slight hint of booze. Taste: Dry cocoa,milk chocolate,bitter and herbal hops, plum, apple and dark booze. Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy. Overall: Magnificent, a true classic. It smelled so good, it took me 15 minutes before taking my first sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: melted hues of peaches, apricots, and ginger. Coppery pithy head fades to a blotchy broken blanket with a bubbly collar. Swirls thicker along the edges.
Nose: sweet orangey marmalade dough with mangos and kumquats. Apple pulp, slightly musty. Nutty home baked bread in the background. Fruitcake with candied fruits and sugars; maraschino and pineapple. Caramelized pecans. Essence of fall spices along with the essence of Autumn Ė fallen leaves on an earthen floor damp with dew. Underlying musk and must, leather. Mulled cider.
Palate: chewy and musty Ė doughy, spiced, meaty, and yeasty. Apple orchards replete with leaves, mulch, earth, undergrowth, and dew drops. Candied fruitcake, homemade and soft Ė mango, papaya, peaches. Tang of toffee sweetness underneath. Cinnamon apple pie and honeycomb. Sticky lips. Complex and full of Autumnal flavors. Chestnuts and treacle with a slowly growing tickle of warmth and spice in the throat and chest.
Final Thoughts: overall another lovely addition to the Vintage Ale series from Fullers. All releases are limited, numbered, and cellarable so I look forward to seeing how she ages with time.

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