sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2016 Maybe one of Britain’s finest ales will help vent my frustration about the Brexit. Seven years old, still great! (from my secret Fuller’s stash) ***
Maker: Fuller, Smith and Turner (Fuller’s), Chiswick, London, England ***
Beer: Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009 (bottled, 0.5l) ***
Style: Strong Ale ***
ALC.VOL.: 8.5% ABV (probably even higher now due to secondary fermentation). ***
"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. " [brewery note] ***
Colour: Hazelnut brown with a huge beige head. ***
Nose: Strong aroma of orange peel, raisins and herbs, yeast ***
Texture: Full-bodied and oily, super smooth. ***
Taste: Sweet preserved fruit, coconut, orange peel at the start. More bitter, herbal and spicy towards the middle, with sweeitsh raisins in the background. Moderately bitter, malty finish, with sweet raisins strong in the lingering aftertaste. [My ratebeer rating: 5.0/5] ***
Absolutely superb beer. And f**k the Brexiteers! scotty (1208) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2010
Stunningly good beer, rich, malty and spicy, so well balanced. Superb finish that lasts for ages, I’ll probably still taste this in the morning! Bought this at Waitrose, Ponteland. Have to say that I was surprised at some of the ratings, however, this is the first Vintage I’ve tried, I thought it was stunning, if this is a poor example, I’d love to try a good one! Happy Birthday Martin! JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 9, 2009
Awesome. I love the vintage ales. The best part of the holiday season is when I first see the boxes they come in!
I think this is nearly flawless. Wood, hops, alcohol, caramel, excellent flavor progression! carlosbela (55) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 13, 2010
amber, orange, hazy, minimal head, white foam, caramel, herbs, floral, alcohol, woody, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, fizzy, long finish, bitter, SpikedLemon (3) - CANADA - FEB 14, 2017 does not count
2009 Consumed in 2017.
Hop flavor was non-existant and had a very heavy, creamy, caramel-malt flavor. Almost sweet but very earthy.
Psytron (2283) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2011
The scent is fruity and nonsurprising. That’s 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. Grzesiek79 (4295) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
bread, roasty, caramel, grass, floral, herbs, barnyard, dough, basement aromas, alcohol, cooked vegetables, vanilla, red, clear, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, salty, medium body, sticky, lively, long finish, jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Best by 12/2012 for the 2009 vintage bottle #116,697 but I couldn’t wait, pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and light alcohol nose, flavor follows with dark fruit and alcohol. $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
And this was written Dec 2010 for the 2007 Vintage:
Its time, the label says best by end of 2010 bottle #129078. Pours a off-white one finger head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, with some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light caramel nose. Flavor is some caramel, toffee, higher ABV is hidden. Very light bitter finish. $6.99 for a 500ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH (now closed). It rates a four.
Here’s what I wrote in May 2002 for a 2000 Vintage:
Strong carbonation and head, malty, good after taste, smells like a triple. Too bad it is limited to 85,000 bottles but maybe it is a good idea - at $9.95 for 500ml one could go broke. zimbo (961) - SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2012
Not much thick head but something along the fine line. Heady and powerful bouquet which is not at all in your face but there’s a treasure trove of flavours in there. A light acidity followed by oak, bananas ansd vinous qualities. Full but not at all cloying.Crisp and still telatively youthful. Nice! 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.