Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2010

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
I have crafted the 2010 Vintage with the highest quality Tipple malted barley for the second year running. This ale’s main hop character is derived from traditional Golding and Fuggles hops and further enhanced with Dry Hopping, using a blend of the choicest Golding and Target hops. Coupled with the unique Fuller’s yeast strain we expect this beer to mature into another ’Classic’ Vintage! 125,000 bottles produced

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (16717) - DENMARK - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, hops, little toffee, light nutty, medium sweet and notes of alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
(500ml bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grain, caramel, biscuit, and butterscotch. Flavor of biscuit, orange, caramel, and toffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Pours a beautiful copper with a beige, very creamy head. The palate is equally as creamy. It leaves your mouth with a silky feeling afterwards. Those two things may overrate this beer. However, the aroma is quite nice, but very trappist-like. You’re hit immediately with a bready yeast aroma, with some sweet sugary notes very distinctly coming from the malt. You also get this nice, complex note of damp forest floor, which adds to the depth of the nose. The initial attack on the flavor is oaky and almost port-like, but it gives way quickly and comes in with some sugary malt sweetness, and ends with that nice mellow yeast notes. Almost buttery at times. Extremely smooth, and the alcohol is almost non-existent. This is really hitting the spot. Nice effort by Fuller’s. Big success on the 2010.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Pours clear copper color with an off-white head. Nose of caramel malts and floral hops Medium body. Smooth clean mounthfeel. Flavor is malty and complex with chocolate and ripe fruit. Finish shows some vanilla and is nicely bitter. Very nice beer in all aspects.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heavy (2808) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 30, 2011
20/08 A 0.5 l bottle courtesy of Marko (thanks!) poured copper body with medium sized head in the glass. Caramel, sugar, toffee aroma touched with alcohol. Flavor was raw bitter grainy, alcoholic and sugary. Medium bodied, sticky, with crude alcoholic and grainy finish. Shows some character but at this moment it is not a good beer and extremely overrated here! Might age well though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Tasty but not as good as the earlier ones - has yet to go sherry overload though. Partial win. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (5516) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
(50 cl, bouteille 64410) Un col de mousse dense flotte sur un liquide ambré. Le nez est bien malté. Des parfums d’oranges amères s’affirment et se fondent dans un alcool bien présent. Le goût est honnête avec de bonnes céréales caramélisées qui se choquent à des herbes et des fleurs. L’alcool est fort, légèrement poivré. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen avec un pétillement élevé et une texture légèrement huileuse. La finale maltée est touchée par les houblons et par l’alcool.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maledictum (776) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, cookies and hops with notes of soap. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, cookies and hops with notes of alcohol. Hoppy and warming alcoholic finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (5538) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle from the Slovenian Fuller’s store. No. 10138. Shared with the Croatian crew obviously.
Poured a copper body with a thick, medium sized ivory head that lasted a long time. Heavy alcohol in the nose, really bad, some malt too, sugary too. Dryish, slightly stale malty taste, random bitterness going in the dry, acidic finish. The maltiness isn’t bad per se and the maltiness is creamy, but this is one huge disappointment. I’ll only try this again if it gets 3-4 more years on it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8308) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2011
50 cl bottle #077271. Rated on 27.11.2010
Aroma has honey and toffee. Flavour feels a bit raw, it has honey and toffee too. Not very good at this moment, but I have a feeling that this one has potential to improve in about five years.


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