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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's Vintage AleFuller's Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

927 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%


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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: No: 20845 of 85000. 18.6 oz brown Victorian pint bottle. The bottle is perfect for keeping the dregs at bay and the pint glass clear. Presented in a collectors box, the bottle is also adorned as if it were a fine bottle of Port, all the way down to the labeling and the thin paper strip which crosses the crown.

Appearance: Rich reddish amber brew with a slight chill haze, wonderful lace that floats on top. The haze goes away as the brew reaches cellar temp.

Smell: Creamy with a figgy or raisin fruity aroma, touch of dry malt and estery alcohol in the nose also.

Taste & Mouthfeel : Creamy and smooth with a big malty body, a figgy / pruney like fruit flavour is the front of the malt sweetness which lingers on forever. Hop bitterness has held together well after 4+ years ... spot on for balance and still a decent amount of flavour left. Lovely chewy mouth feel throughout with a good amount of body even in the finish. Alcohol is quite evident ... esters are lively yet are kept at a minimum. The finish has a complex intertwined hop and malt flavour for a perfect end.

Drinkability & Notes: Wow ... a masterpiece in a bottle! Aged to perfection and worth the $6-$7 a bottle. Its flavours have peaked but may not fall to a lesser beer even a year or more of cellaring. Easy to drink with very little aged flavour and no signs of oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 18:10:36 | More by Jason
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S: Caramel malts, lemon zest, a hint of pine, and some booze at the back.

T: Sweet malt and bread with only a very subtle bitterness on the finish.

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2009 vintage, received as a birthday gift in 2010 and my buddy said I wouldn't be able to hold onto it for the recommended 5 years. Excited to prove him wrong! Note: this bottle was refrigerated for most of its cellar life.

Pours a sort of murky orange/red/brown with a finger of head. Nothing special.

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.