Fuller’s Vintage Ale (2009)

Today, Katie took me to the best brunch in New Jersey at the Molly Pitcher Inn. It was absolutely amazing. There was so much food and the desserts especially were so yummy. They had this oreo cheesecake, complete with an oreo crust. I think I gained about 10 pounds from it, but it was definitely worth it. I spent the rest of the day doing some homework and such. Now, it’s most definitely beer time.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Old Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vintage Ale is a truly distinguished bottle-conditioned ale, crafted by Fuller’s Head Brewer, John Keeling. Each vintage is a blend of that year’s finest malt and hops, and of course our unique yeast, creating a unique limited edition brew.”

Random: I’ve read some really great reviews about this beer. Especially this vintage.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger, off-white head that dissipated quickly and shockingly left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy burnt orange color with moderate visible carbonation on it. The nose had some dark fruit, booze and sweet malt. If I didn’t know what type of beer this was, I would say it smelled more like a barleywine. The taste was very complex. Initially, I got some sweet caramel and toffee notes, but then goes into a bit of dark fruit, vanilla, and then finishes with a bit of warming due to booze, but nothing overwhelming. Everything worked really well in this beer. The mouthfeel was almost silky with perfect carbonation. It reminded me of a port…definitely a sipping beer. The finish lasted awhile and allowed me to savor each sip. Wow…now I really understand why I read all the amazing reviews of this beer. It really is that good. The two years of aging probably allowed the booze to mellow with all of the other flavors. Pick this one up if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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