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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

959 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 79
Gots: 174 | 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:
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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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage Bottle No 082033

Bottled 'real ale' usually disappoints me. Too often it just seems like lifeless run of the mill bottled beer with randomly added yeast just for effect. And the Fullers house style can be rather hard, stern and unrefined to my taste...

But then there's venerable Vintage Ale. Holy Moley...

There's not much thick head despite some fine line heading but it is certainly within the London style of beer. A heady and powerful bouquet which is not at all in your face but oxygenating reveals a treasure trove of flavours. Love that rooty smell as well.
On the palate there is some slight acidity at the start followed by oak, banana and vinous qualities. Full, though the thickness is not at all cloying. Crisp and still youthful.

A quintessentially excellent English ale. Lovely jubbly.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 20:44:56 | More by Zimbo
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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.