JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
Nearly flawless! Easily my favorite vintage from Fullers. What can I say about it? Good question, I’m practically speechless dwyerpg (6182) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2011
A little sweetness in the aroma. Looks fine. Flavorwise this is excellent. Sweet a bit, but much mellower than most other versions already. Wish this was a price I could afford to drink everyday. poolstar (43) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
caramel / malts, smells amazing and packs a punch with a warm body and some nice dark fruit. beer_queue (140) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Sampled: 05/13/2013. Bottle-conditioned. Cloudy deep amber with orange highlights; off-white, thin, tan head that thins out very quickly to leave a ring around the top; no lace. Earthy and sugary aromas; a mixture of dark & light fruits; very floral. Some spice, hops, and alcohol coming through as well. Flavors arrive very nicely with fruity sweetness—pears, apples, plums, and grapes. The transition to the development is smooth, bringing creamy malts and mild, tangy hops. Finishes with the hops, and this time there’s a blend of peppery spice and alcohol. The finish is long and slow...the hops and the booze stay for quite a while. Once the beer warms up, the hops and booze stand out more and is present from beginning to end. At this point, yeast is more noticeable, which adds a sourdough/pumpernickel bread flavor to the finish. Medium-heavy body but is still very smooth; very little to no carbonation; bone dry finish. Overall, it’s a very complex ale that warrants a slow drinking session. This beer is demanding but is still approachable. None of the flavors are too bold that it will smack you in the face. Even though the beer really shows its strength once it warms up, it’s still not overwhelming. One of my all-time favorites! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Pours reddish caramel with a small light beige head. Smells of caramel, toffee, hints of candi sugar. Taste is sweet, caramel, toffee. Full-bodied with a silky texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2010 finishes with a lingering sweetness.
shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
Cracking open one of my 2010s on a cool October evening. Very pretty copper red poured up in my Duvel glass. Head is quite nice, not too much. Aroma is deep, of dried fruit. Doesn’t really jump out at me though. First sip takes ages to travel down my throat, warming on the way with plummy aftertastes, if you hold your head at the right angle. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. You can tell the alcohol is in there, but at 8.5% it doesn’t dominate. Second sip is just fine. I think I’ll sip a bit more! djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle 94328. Pour is deep amber, thick white head that slinks with little lacing. Aroma is plum, caramel, nutty, sweet malt, very fruity, sweet roll, yeasty bread. Taste is fruitcake, sweet toasted malt, slight nuttiness, plum comes across again, slight sour. Moderate body and mouth feel, lighter carbonation. zacgillbanks (5180) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle from Waitrose, Hexham. 2010: Drank 2015-08-09, Aged for approx. 5 years; Dark hazy red-amber coloured with a sweet and slightly tart red fruity flavour, almond, sherry, cherry and vanilla followed by burnt currants on the boozy, dry, fruity finish. Nice! JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
500mL bottle from my Lickbow, #056754. Pours the usual hazed ruby with a small beige head. The aroma is very nice, pine, pineapple, refined booze, sweet caramalt, very good mix. Flavour is even better. Prickly hops and booze upfront, met with very sweet toffee caramalt crunch, rich malt profile, finishes with some hoppy dryness and warming alcohol. Body is thick and lovely, with minimal carbonation, although more than I recall in previous years. I love how satisfying this beer is. Much better than the disappointing 2009 version in my opinion. For the first time ever I might actually buy more of this one. 2010 was an awesome year for me and I’m glad this years vintage wraps it up quite well. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 Pours rusty burnt orange with a moderate frothy beige head. Aroma of dough, honey, orange, marzipan, toffee, and faint gingerbread. Flavor is similar but drier with some toffee, toast, dough, orange, earth, and minimized spice. Finishes a little tangy at first with light fruit, earth and astringency, but quickly rounds out into more earth, toast, dough, and slight tangy spice. Not too bitter, but noticeably dry. Medium bodied but the flavor is strong enough and the carbonation is full and as spritzy as it is creamy. Not too hot. I remember being shocked at how well a bit of mellowing did the 2008 vintage ale, so perhaps by 2012, the mouthfeel will round out a bit and the flavors will meld. Still good, but it’s tough to expect it to be at its best right now.
Well what do you know! This beer is great after 2 years of aging. It’s like the flavors concentrate in a way, but there’s a nice brandy flavor and a lot more dark fruit on the nose. Sweeter flavor as well, and no poky dryness in the finish. Very good, hints at barley wine, but without crossing the line into a heavy beer.