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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

928 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 928
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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cgmees

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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle number 132065

A - Dark caramel color with nice foamy heat that quickly goes down to a thin film

S - Smell is nice with a bit o f yeast and alcohol but with a strong malt/caramel and fruit

T - Nice balance between the sweetness and alcohol, but combined nicely. Bit of hops, with fruits and raisins.

M - Heavy with a slight tingle of carbonation. Dense and chewy.

D - Nice drinking brew. Not one to drink a lot of, just have it first and enjoy the difference.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 00:14:10 | More by cgmees
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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.