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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

974 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 77
Gots: 183 | 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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Reviews by juhl31:
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juhl31

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

have to give some love to dan for saving and sharing this bottle of '04. at the time it was the oldest beer that i had ever drank.

-dark gold with a fine white head for the age

-sweet and brandy smelling with some malts up in there

-very malty and really smooth. alcohol taste in there too.

-very smooth again and a nice alcohol warmth to it

-awesome shared and aged beer

*also had an '07 to compare

3.5 - golden amber with a touch of foggyness but not too much. good white head with lacing

4 - smells sweat with faint hops. apples a bit

4 - really sweet with some spiciness in there

4 - it was fine. little weirdness on the back end

3.5 - wasnt bad, but theyve definitely done better

11-25-2009 19:33:13 | More by juhl31
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1%

2005 vintage bottle #49597,poured a deep rich copper with some burnt orange tint with a short lasting one finger white head.Aromas of brown sugar and orange marmalade with a hint of caramel,sweet but very pleasingly sweet dark sweet cherries dipped in brandy,brown suger and caramel dominate with just a hint of leafy herbal hop in the finish.The alcohol is a little raw but this bottle is pretty new would love to cellar one and likely will.The 2001 vintage is one of my alltime favorite beers, give this some time and it could reach its standards I believe.

01-14-2006 01:33:23 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Vintage Ale 2005, bottle #10606

It's 8pm, -8 degrees celcius & there's 10 cm of snow of the ground in Barrie....i'm very glad that i chose this beer tonight.

Pours deep amber with a nice foamy off-white head. A lighty spiced nose with hoppy notes and a pinch of fruit. The taste is gentley sweet with hop traces. A nice sponge toffee characteristic is here and lingers nicely. Mild spice, maybe some orange zest as well. Medium bodied. A nice chewiness to the beer brought on by the sweet caramel & molasses and alcohol kick. Warm, sweetn spicey finish with a mild hop trace. This is the perfect beer for a winter eveing. A nice sipper. Great alcohol warmth on the finish. Good complexity. I enjoyed it thuroughly.

12-03-2005 01:20:25 | More by Popsinc
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-07-2012 22:05:13 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-02-2014 09:55:15 | More by DanGeo
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

2008 vintage consumed 1-31-10

Poured into an imperial pint. It's murky, and has a rusty orange color and doesn't really have much head.

Sweet, congac-like nose with maple, fig, nuts, caramel, and raisin. Like an old/stock ale.

Almost has a little funkiness in the nose and taste. Brown sugar, honey, apple, and subtle flowery hops make up some of the complex taste. The alcohol shows quite a bit at first but quickly mellows. Low carbonation makes the body seem thicker and that adds to the richness.

Worth trying, i'm not 100% sold though.

02-04-2010 00:35:01 | More by brownbeer
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.95/5  rDev +18.1%

Vintage 2001, sampled Nov. 11 2006.

Despite being 5 years old, this beer produces an effervescent carbonation that races through a clear dark maple-syrupy amber beer to form a modest two-fingers of rich khaki head. It leaves a sticky, fragmented lace.

The smell is absolutly mouth-watering. Fruity hops, raisin, nut, cranberry, dark cherry, and yes, even the aroma of fresh pound-cake, form a chorus that wafts out of the glass without even a suggestion of alcohol. As the beer warms a yeasty aroma becomes apparent.

Upon sipping I am struck first by a sweet, rich, nutty, maltiness that is soon lifted off the palate by a combination of carbonation and very soft but fully-present fruity and earthy English hops. They introduce yeasty esters of dark fruit for a bit before a warming alcohol gently creeps in and calms all the layers of flavor on top of a woody scotch character. The aftertase is a delightful vapory perfume. Cordial and berry notes emerge with continued quaffing and amazingly the more I drink this beer the more cohesive and smooth it seems to get. It is very tempting to waste the precious elixer by gulping it.

Mouthfeel is light and gives up an inital soft billow of lifting carbonation before going totally still in the mouth. This beer surpasses and defys my expectations of the style. How ironic that my highest rated-beer may be in my least-favorite style. It is complex and boldly falvorful while amazingly light and drinkable. Yes, it would go very well with a light cigar, but if you have an aged bottle of this, I don't suggest adulterating the experience.

11-11-2006 07:35:46 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -20.5%

2007 vintage.
A-Cloudy, mysterious beer, alot of carbonation bubbles, caramel amber color
S-Caramel, earthy, biscuity, very malt forward smell
T-Slighty caramel/toffee, biscuity malt, earthy, grassy hops, not really coming together for me
M-Medium to full fairly carbonated, creamy
D-Not sure I want to drink anymore of these

I've had this before but not rated it-This needs to age a little more and I think the taste will smooth out.

07-12-2008 03:24:46 | More by hopsleeroy
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Fullers Vintage ale 2008 No. 126214

A- Pours a clean dark carmel-amber color with a thick off white head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Very appealing sight for an old ale.

S- A very complex aroma of raisins, plums, floral hops, sugar, and alcohol esters. In that order. Great harvest of scents enlighten the beer experience.

T-M- A medium to full flavored ale with mutiple complexities that are admirable in every way. Taste is of dried raisins and sweet alcohol flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is all and all smooth and leaves a very nice earthy flavor on the tongue that is not offensive at all.

D- Great English ale i will buy at least two more for me and my brother to try... only the best!!!

An excellent ale to have and to celler for years to come i'll age one for myself also.

04-21-2009 20:28:36 | More by wesbrownyeah
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BeerDreadz

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

06-30-2013 04:42:31 | More by BeerDreadz
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-26-2014 03:22:49 | More by warnerry
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carlbrew

Ohio

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-20-2012 02:03:04 | More by carlbrew
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -17.7%

2004 vintage (bottle 75089), 16.9 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a thin and fizzy head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is lots of sharp vinous alcohol with some dark fruits and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and dark fruits with a noticeable alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent strong ale, but a little too harsh on the alcohol and sweetness for me.

02-21-2008 06:49:49 | More by Beaver13
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -11%

Bottle #36146
Poured out a nice amber, unclear and with a quickly dissapating head that left only a dusting and bit of creamy bubbles in the corner of the glasses. Nice fruity aroma, grapes and raspberries. Peppery spice with a bit of dougheyness in there too. The carbination is just right in here, not too much. The mouthfeel is very nice, almost chewy. Good flavors, malty and caramel sweetness, bit of hoppy bite in there, not much. The sweetness is very prominant, which makes it more of a sipper than a session.

10-23-2004 00:09:19 | More by shapudding
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

02-17-2003 18:10:36 | More by Jason
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%

Big, big, big malt aroma. Crystal clear with an off white head. Very pretty beer. Again big malt flavor with a touch of bitterness. There are some flavor hops in the middle that I don’t care for. Very nice palate. Fuller bodied. Maybe a touch too much carbonation. This is by far the best Fuller’s beer I have ever drank.

08-23-2005 13:29:47 | More by tjthresh
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

2004 vintage, bottle number 66051. Pours a hazy copper amber body topped by a small beige head that leaves some sparse patchy lace.

Aroma of toffee and caramel, herbal Goldings hops, and subtle notes of pears and golden apples. A whiff of sherry there, as well.

Medium body with soft medium carbonation. Slight English mineral water feel.

Taste begins with toffee and burnt brown sugar maltiness, followed by red apple skins, old leather, bitter herbal hops, and sherry notes. Complexity deepens as it warms.

Splendid example of English brewing, but not my favorite year for this one. May need a few more months in the cellar.

01-02-2007 19:22:20 | More by merlin48
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kaneel

France

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

09-08-2013 18:49:45 | More by kaneel
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy.

2004 vintage. Pours light brown with a white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar and some slight tartness. Flavor is similar with caramel malt, raisins, brown sugar and some alcohol. Medium, very creamy mouthfeel.

01-01-2010 17:34:38 | More by Mora2000
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

2011 Edition, enjoyed on New Years Eve to close off the year properly. Poured into a nonic. A very handsome looking bottle and box set indeed.

Nice ruby-amber colour, good frothy head. Nice degree of lacing as well. Quality-looking brew.

Nose is very pleasant, and classic Old Ale - pushing into English Barleywine territory. Rich dark fruit - apple, currant, figpear, caramelized sugar, toffee, a bit of booze (port), and good pale malt.

Tastes very similar - this is a very enjoyable ale. I've been spoiled recently with the LCBO's release of the Fuller's Past Masters and other less-common brews - this was a nice cap to the whole list. Similar tasting notes as in the nose, but with a leafy hop and mild booziness to the finish. Carbonation is a touch high, but other than that there's not much to complain about.

Though I really enjoyed this brew, it really didn't wow me as much as I had thought it would. Price tag keeps this from being a regular in my house, but it's an enjoyable treat every now and then.

01-07-2012 05:20:25 | More by JohnnyBarman
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-03-2013 16:23:01 | More by innominat
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magictrokini

California

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Clear mahogany pour with a creamy off-white head. Malt, dark fruit, and hops make up the aroma. Velvety mouthfeel. The sweetness of the caramel malt hits you first, with raisins and hop bitterness to follow. Dry, earthy finish. Much better than last year.

12-08-2008 23:49:44 | More by magictrokini
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%

From a nice reddish-brown box with a fabric like texture,a 1pt.0.9oz bottle an 06 vintage no. 71409. served into a large Delirium snifter poured a ruttery reddish brown,cider-like color with a dense creamy bone white head.Good retention leaving a creamy ring and a few curtians of lace.

Clean fruitty aroma,some peach and pear,nutty with some dry vinious quality.Earthy with tartness and a hint of peat.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a dry grassiness with some smooth booziness coming through,peach skin like fruitiness finishes very dry and tart.Malts dominate with strong carmell with a slight burnt metallic edge.
Goes down fairly easy,more of a sipper though,nothing i would want more than a bottle at a time of.

10-15-2008 02:43:39 | More by jcdiflorio
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

05-03-2012 21:12:04 | More by Milkysunshine
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DeLuxe13

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-30-2014 00:20:41 | More by DeLuxe13
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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.