Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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

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RATINGS: 298   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (8561) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, kindly donated by Scopey, many thanks. Dark amber colored beer with medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, herbal notes, piney hops. Taste, toasted malt, caramel, biscuits, ripe oranges, tangerines, aromatic hops. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Appearance: Hazy ruby with thin ivory head. Aroma: Dried fig, toffee, woody, spiritous, treacle, butterscotch. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium sourness with low bitterness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, low/average carbonation, dry abrupt butterscotch, spiritous, dried fruit finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: Very tasty. Bottle number 132880.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1188) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Last bottle of a sweet gift received from Jason Nagy. No. 105106. Consumed in a snifter glass. Deep mahogany color and the aroma really pushed through once it hit the glass...dark fruit...plum/raisin. Almost reaches for a caramel or slight hint of chocolate. Taste brings the alcohol punch like many of the other annual vintage ale efforts. The dark fruit of a Belgian dark abbey comes through. Raisin again with an earthy quality that really works for this ale. Bite at the end is strong with a little chocolate again making its ever so faint presence felt. Others mentioned it lost some of its beer qualities almost turning into a dark liquor and I canít find fault in that argument. Definitely packs a punch. Expectations were high for this one since it was the oldest one of the sampler pack. Did not disappoint.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (491) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2017
1pt 0.9fl.oz. bottle - not sure if it would still be good but oh my. The pour is a clear light mahogany color with a thin off white head. Excellent layered aroma of caramel, toffee, cherrywood, ripe fruit and a hint of nuttiness. Wonderfully smooth flavors like fruitcake, red licorice, toffee and sucanat. Yum

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4473) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
Impressively drinkable fresh! Often these vintages are a little rough around the edges fresh but this one is great! Wonderful caramel malts, pungent holdings, and some great subtle fruits. Super well balanced and incredibly smooth.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2010
Biege coloured foamy head good carbonation rich amber colour with an aroma of malted goodnesss caramel nuttiness fruit alcohol toffee honey flavour caramel honey toffee brandy raisin morishing mellow mild bitter light sweetness all of this at the finish of afine vintage alcohol presence of 8.5% perfect top ale

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14966) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
Aromas of vanilla, caramel, and most of all apple are what I noticed first. Nice medium amber-orange colour with a minimal head. Not cloudy with a lovely sparkle. A light, sweetness, minimal bitterness and a medium body that is not overpowering. A nice degree of carbonation adds just the right amount of fizz. Smooth finish. A very enjoyable beer for sure.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2010
Colour is Roasty golden brown with a creamy white head. Clear with good bubbles. Smell alcoholic with fine wine and brandy thrown in, some red berries, and classic malt sweetness. Taste is beautiful rich smooth malt with a touch of well balanced English hop bitterness. A bit of raisin. Big yet occasionaly subtle flavour. Doesnít hit you over the head (at least not until the end of a bottle!)


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