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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 84
Gots: 215 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2004

First released in 1997, Fuller's Vintage Ale is brewed in limited batches with each bottle being numbered. It can be enjoyed immediately, or Fuller's recommends laying the beer down to enjoy when it peaks in 3 to 4 years and consume at cellar temperature. And though it's released each year as a separate vintage, BA has been informed that the recipe is only slightly tweaked from year to year, while the ABV remains at 8.5%.
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Photo of goalie35
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveB3014
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CJNAPS
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage..thanks to Andrew for the opportunity.

Smells of vanilla and brown sugar along with melted caramel.

Taste follws suit, some faded hops along the finish as well...body is medium, carbonation is mild, and oxidation is evident.

I dig old ales and this is a fun beer...really should pick up a fresher bottle

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 2008 bottle, this fine old ale pours a brownish amber with a solid light tan head that lingers on as a thin pooling foam and spotty lacing. Nose of figs, dates, dark plums, and brown sugars. Flavors are excellent for it's age with figs and dates being rounded out with a subtle light hop character that lightly rests on the back. Rich and flavorful, fruit esters continue through to the aftertaste with simmering alcohol heat. THIS is fantastic. Ale is silky smooth, yet viscous, finishing sweet and delicious. A barely wine lovers dream. An A PLUS in my book, and one of the best around. Worth buying 2 bottles, one to drink, and one to lay down.

Cheers!

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma has hints of oxidation, cardboard. Taste isn't bad; thin body.

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bustersuess
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fabiand
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fuller’s Vintage 2014, bottle #136346

Poured forcefully into a Duvel snifter

Sight: Great Odin’s Raven, that’s a ruby red beer. When held up to the light, the burnished brown gives off dark cherry highlights and sits under a thick tan cushion (think J-Lo’s assets). Bubbles make their way to the top of the glass from down below. Lacing has not appeared, since I’m taking sips often.

Smell: Sweet malt and fig/raisin. I don’t get any hops in the aroma, but I’ve read that’s not at all uncommon from old ales. Sort of reminds me of an English barleywine.

Taste: Wow. Malty goodness, more fig and or raisin. Just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Sweetness greets you in the front, perhaps a bit of caramel or butterscotch. After a few minutes in, I can better taste the drying effect of the hops. The back of the bottle states Fuller’s used three hop varieties: Goldings, Liberty, and Cascade. The first for bitterness, the second and third for zest. Well said.

Feel: Coating and oily. There’s a very slight fizz to it, so low levels of carbonation. Fine by me. I’d say a medium-plus body.

Overall: I truly enjoyed this, and the fact that it’s bottle-conditioned at will reach its peak in 3-4 years screams to me that I should grab one more, for that express purpose. Keep it up, Fuller’s, I doff my hat to you.

Photo of cam477
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewlinson
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevinlater
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml boxed bottle into oversized wine glass. 2014 vintage, brewed with liberty and cascade hops

a: very clear deep orange or amber hue. a finger of tan head

s: sweet toffee, floral aromas, grapefruit, orange peel, berry fruits

t: follows the nose, but much more subdued. very soft flavour profile. has the aforementioned flavours but everything is mellow. brown sugar up front, followed by the floral and citrus notes from the hops, with herbal touches here and there. ends with a mild bitterness and a bit of a sour quality

m: medium-bodied, nearly non-existent carbonation

o: a nice ale, kind of like a mild barleywine. nothing spectacular but it's tasty

Photo of chogm54
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage. Bottle number 033589. Couldn't wait until the BB date of 2023 to give it a go.

L - pours a thin white head, auburn colour, clear (although the bottle label recommends to pour carefully, on the account of bottle conditioning - I just poured all into a pint).

S - Aroma of sherry, honey, berries, roasted bready malts - almost like xmas pudding.

T - strong flavour roasted malts, with a supporting act of dark bread, dark fruits (plums, currants). Overall sweet, with a nice bitter finish (and a touch of orange at the end).

F - heavy with a thick slick texture, low carbonation, quite boozy alcohol hit.

O - brilliant, if a little strong in the alcohol tastes. Maybe I should have cellared it for another couple of years.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RushLimbmalt
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2011
bottle # 109461

Very nice beer. Fuller's does not get the respect they deserve.

Photo of Yalcin
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a real neat beer, 2011 edition enjoyed late 2014, so the time is now! hazy copper colored liquid with some viscosity, and still a nice off white head, but it fades pretty fast. a nose of caramel, biscuits, dried apricots, english ale yeast, and slight but not offensive oxidation. the alcohol cuts the malt sweetness, and there is some nice depth to this between the yeast and the layered sweet grain. barley at its finest, lots of body, excellent carbonation, butterscotch, toffee, golden raisin, and bittering hops are all there. the flavors have become really well integrated over time, i can only imagine an intense and moderately disjointed beverage fresh, but the time has made it nice. i dont taste much alcohol here, but i get an apple wine sort of flavor and warming thing late. great beer overall, if you like the patient english stuff this is not to be missed.

Photo of buzzedup
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Subliminal64
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014
No. 067160
Drank December 26, 2014

Although Fullers recommends waiting 3-4 years to consume, I could not resist. I figured if it was good, I would simply purchase another (or 2) and have them age appropriately.

As soon as you pour this Ale, you know your not dealing with a run of the mill variety. Pours a slightly cloudy copper colour with a good amount of head. It almost seems to be thicker or denser then a standard Ale.

The smell is a little sweet with a fairly significant hop smell.

The taste is a little more complex then a standard Fullers Ale. Its a little sweet, but also has the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and will be purchasing again. I wish the hops weren't as pronounced, but possibly after the 4 year "peak" it will be less noticeable. Thats just my personal taste.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with white bubbles lining the sides of the glass.

Smell - The malts stood out in the aroma, but there was also a certain booziness.

Taste - This could pass for a scotch. My initial impression was the maltiness. The malts were accompanied by spicy fruits, caramel, and toffee. The taste was boozy though not hot. I would certainly describe this as a sipper.

Mouthfeel - I did not note as much clinginess as I might like. In like, I thought it was a little thin.

Overall - I need to get another one of these and allow it to sleep in my cellar longer.

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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