Fullerís Vintage Ale 2009

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%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhre (384) - - FEB 9, 2010
The aroma has a bit of metal to it and then malt. The colour is amber and it has a huge head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Part of a vertical tasting of vintage years 2008 through 2015, drank in January 2017. 2008 (bottle #127432) was rounded out to a solid caramel, with that lovely oxidation that makes vintage beers what they are. 2009 (#105287) suggested some tobacco and a luscious nose. 2010 (#094046) help up better than the 2011 (#108000), with better caramel flavors and some fizz; the later year was just flat and old tasting. 2012 (#125741) was clearly brighter in the nose, though losing some of its body, while the 2013 (#109909) was showing some signs of oxidation. 2014 (#141264) was equally bright with 2015 (#134049), and both were worthy bottles that I could have enjoyed had I just been sitting with the whole bottles. Thanks for my friends for joining me as I shared these bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (483) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3370) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from LCBO - bottle #42081. Drunk on December 29th 2015 and reviewed on my personal Facebook page as part of a series of posts reviewing FVAs from 2004 to 2015 over the course of the Xmas and New Year holidays. Now transferring over notes for those that Iíve not yet reviewed on RB. Notes for this one: "First in the series that has had carbonation close to what youíd get from a fresh bottle, and the aroma has only a hint of oxidization. Notes of plum, burnt toffee, cherrywood, and an odd hint of chocolate liqueur mid-palate before a mint and orange dryness to finish. In fine form!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1593) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle no. 125853. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, warm alcohol, bread and toffee. Flavor is verrry smooth. Good carbonation and heat. Still sweet in the finish but thereís no residual lingering. Yum

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2016
Pours hazy brown amber with low white head. Aroma of toffee, hazelnut, butterscotch. Taste is sweet, mildly boozy, distinct butterscotch. Medium to rich bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Slightly hazed light umber to copper colored liquid. Small head diminishing light taupe head. Sweet roasted malt, caramel, lightly roasted almonds, and light fruit in the aroma. Quick thick, nearly coating and a touch cloying with the sweetness. Really nice finish with a long toasted malt sweetness. Floral hops seem to add to the sweetness rather than distracting from the malt. A fall evening around the fire type brew. 4/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (2051) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 28, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2016 Amber color, beige head. Aroma has dried fruits like figs and raisins. Taste follows with the dried fruits, dark malt and a bit of earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (14223) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Bottled, 500ml, aged 6yrs, from Sainsburyís in Banbury. Dark reddish brown with cream head. Smooth and full, rich beer with a caramel toffee body, sweet but darker roasted malts. Fruit cake fruity balanced with leafy hop notes. I do like these Fullers vintage ales, thank you to Sandra for thinking of them each year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (1648) - Hammel, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. Thanks to Reuben. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma and taste is malts, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee, dark dried fruits, alcohol. Soft carbonation. Light bitter warming finish.

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