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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,041 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,041
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 82
Gots: 203 | 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:
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%.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2004)
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.
Already taking on some oxidation qualities, even a little more towards cardboard than sherry in the aroma. Soft malt that is not very sweet and a bit of an aqueous quality.
Nice looking with a large head for 3 years old. Cloudy orange amber. Dripping lacing.
A nice smooth alcohol flavor and warmth with a semi-sweet malt that moves towards toffee, with a touch of caramelization. Very smooth and soft. Still a touch of hop flavor but not much for bitterness.
Goes does too easily for a beer this size. Smooth and not bursting with flavor, but flavorful and enjoyable.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012 drank in 2014

Appearance: This beer pours a deep burnt orange, almost the color of a fall leaf with some brownish hues. A two finger creamy head forms. The head has a tannish color to it. The retention is very strong and a thin tan layer stays on the surface the whole time. As it moves around the glass it leaves behind huge foamy streaks on the glass. It is fairly hazy and almost opaque, but streaks of brightness break through the haze.

Smell: The scent starts off with a few different characteristics. The is a strong graininess to it, hinting at toasted grains and caramelized malts with no signs of roasted malts. Some strong hoppy aromas come through reminiscent of citrus, herbs and some earthiness. Overall the scent is sweet with small amounts of earthy bitterness.

Taste: The taste opens up a very slight hop bite. The taste of the hops is citrus, herbs, and some earthiness. The bitterness is quickly drowned out by a rich sweetness, caramels, toffee, and some dark fruits. The fruitiness varies from raisins to figs. Some maple syrup comes through lightly and mixes with some tobacco. Some booziness is present near the end in the form of rum or possibly brandy.

Mouthfeel: The feel on this one is thick and chewy. There is plenty of sweetness in the flavor but almost none is left behind, eaten up by mostly tobacco and some earthy bitterness. There is a slight syrupy stickiness comes through along with slight alcohol warmth.

Overall: This is easily one of the more influential old ales. It's a must try for anyone who likes the style and a staple in any cellar. The amount of improvement from one year to two is pretty substantial. This would be a fun one to do a large vertical on to see where the peak is. I think at 2+ years it is still moving upward. The balancing with the hops on this one is unlike any old ale I have had before. I look forward to slowly stocking my cellar with these boxes.

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2014 edition.

Dark ruby red appearance. Vigorous carbonation reminiscent of a Belgian strong ale is visible.

Aroma is of toffee, sweet malt and brandy like booze.

Taste is complex and well balanced. Sweet malts, toffee, tartness, syrup, raisins and mild earthy hops with a slight bitterness in the finish followed by a sweet mouth coating booziness.

Overall, a very tasty, complex English ale. Similar to Fullers Golden Pride but perhaps just a notch more complex and better.

Very nice indeed

91/100

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4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,041 ratings.