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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Vintage AleFuller's Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,086 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 90
Gots: 233 | FT: 7
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: Murph on 02-20-2002

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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Ratings: 1,086 | Reviews: 637
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4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Vintage 2011... Unbelievable beer! Velvety marmalade in your mouth!

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

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

Photo of Catalin90
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2000 version. Cream head, thick body, lots of dark fruits and brown sugar. Amazing.

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

Photo of samtrillo
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012 found at Vendome on Ventura in LA.

Pours an opaque golden amber with a white head that fades to a quarter finger main stay.

Smells of sweet caramel malt with candied figs and golden raisins. Somehow I can tell it'd not going to be as intense as a barleywine.

A sweet and fruity caramel malt taste with golden raisins and fig in the background.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. Thick and substantial but not syrupy or coating. Could not guess what ABV% this was. One of the best parts was the creamy feel.

Photo of DOCRW
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harry_T
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the 2010. Purchased at Fuller's Brewery along with a few others. Poured amber brown with cream head. Was a little more carbonated than expected. Sweet caramel malts on the nose with just a whiff of that of that old ale funk. Really full mouthfeel with lots of mincemeat/stonefruit and dark malt. Really surprised at the flavor at "only" 8.5%. Tastes like an even bigger beer. Well done. Will taste the other 2010 I have in a couple years to see how it changes further.

Photo of nohops4me
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm no official beer rater, I just have some favorite tastes. So my comments here are not on the technical side. However, this past Christmas, I opened and shared a bottle of Fuller's Vintage Ale from 1999 and DAMN was that tasty. 15 years out and still kickin'.

Photo of ryanflc
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Vintage 2012

The beer pours a nice light tan and foamy head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very cloudy deep amber, The beer is not so much opaque as there is clearly some sediment in the beer creating a nice cloud look. The color is a very dark amber that is very close to being brown but still has some visible orange notes.

The beer smell is fairly malty and hoppy at the same time. The malt notes really come out strong with a nice caramel and fruity smell to it. The smell also has a slight hop tinge to it that makes it even fruitier. The fruit notes tend be of a darker and sweeter variety such as figs, dates, and raisins.

The beer taste is a bit more hoppier than the smell but retains most of the characteristics from the smell. The taste also has the dark fruit notes but the hopes and even the barley are stronger. The hops add a bitter back to the strong fruit flavor while the barley add an interesting note to it.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth even with the little bit of carbonation. The beer is heavy bodied but it goes down rather quickly.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting when you can. I would highly advise to get two in order to age one since the notes taste like it will become even richer with a bit more aging.

Photo of BrewCrew44
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Olegophren
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Seamacm
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.