Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009

 
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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
chrisv10 (17446) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, hops, little bitter, toffee, little sweet and a little rip fruit.

3.3
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 50cl. Bottle # 051049. Almost clear on the glass, golden in color and topped by a finger-thick beige to off-white head. Sugary nose with pine cones, mint hints and some alcohol. The flavor is sweet, almost like white sugar, with some alcohol and a pleasant piney bitterness. Full-bodied, warming and with a nice carbonation level. Bitter, sweet and warming in the finish. Overall, too sweet I think, but it’s still a fine beer. 120106

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16159) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Pours a handsome clear amber color with a small creamy white head and lacings. A fresh bottle for sure. Very hoppy nose and though ive had the earlier vintages young as well, this is quite different. Nose is hops, fruit and buiscuit. Smooth and full palate. Alcohol well hidden. Taste is buiscuit, grain, caramel, toffee and grassy and perfumy hops. A very fine, though still young , Fullers Vintage!

3.6
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
On pouring, a lovely raisiny aroma, but in the glass it’s less sweet and less raisiny. Still pleasantly so, but there’s a wateriness to it, a touch of minerals even. Thinnish when cold, but on a little warming fills out nicely. Sweetish malts, woody, a little nutty. Lacking the bitterness of hops that other vintages have had. Definitely much better as it warms. Probably not worth cracking opening the next bottle for 3-5 years, this feels like it needs to autolyse and age abit.

3.7
MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle at KØ10. Hazy red colour. The flavour is sweet. Good alcohol burn. Nice maltiness. Tastes good now, in 2010.

3
Benzai (15611) - 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.

4
bhensonb (15199) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle No. 118663. Pours a clear, brilliant copper with a good foamy light beige head. Aromas of nicely roasted caramel and floral hop. Near full bodied with really foamy carbonation. Flavor is spicey, floral hoppy over a nice roast malt. Suggests a tobacco note in a way. Also quite fruity. The spicey hot bits hit the tongue. This is a smooth and drinkable ale. Love it.

3.1
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber - white head. Amber malts, spicy, herbal, licorice, sweetness, nutty, candy, chocolate, dried fruits, light hoppy.

3.5
gunnfryd (14886) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, spices, caramel. Flavour is sweet, hop, alcohol, yeast, caramel, fruit, spices.. Nice beer.

3.8
Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromasof carmel, toffee, fruittiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, fruittiness, light spice and a hint of earthiness with a crisp warming lingering sweet toffee finish.


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