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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

973 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 76
Gots: 180 | 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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%

Vintage - 2009 (No. 105054)

A - A finger and a half worth of cascading slightly late to develop light khaki colored froth that is equal parts airy and creamy... Audibly fizzy... Limited retention gives way to a full rich creamy mostly thick lacing... The color is a muted light-to-medium brown... There is a subtle murkiness about... A limited bit of sluggish carbonation can be seen rising along the sides of the glass...

S - Holy malt bomb batman... I love it... Bursting at the seams with rich caramel and toffee... Loaded with an abundance of dark fruits... Molasses... Light notes of brown sugar... Just a hint of vanilla... A very light whiff of booziness on the back end... Stellar with excellent depth and complexity...

T - Light brown sugar notes to start... Next comes a wave of dark fruit notes... Next there are subtle hints of toffee, vanilla and caramel... There seems to be a very subtle re component on the finish that compliments the warmth of the alcohol... The booziness lingers on the finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth and sophisticated... Coats the mouth and is a bit sticky... Some limited carbonation... The deep finish turns a bit chalky with just a touch of dryness... A light alcohol induced warmth lingers on the finish as well...

D - What a wonderful beer... Elegant... Sophisticated... A definite sipper... I found my self relaxing more and more with each and every sip... Beyond very good and just a notch below world class... I eagerly await the ability to try additional vintages... I'm not surprised that I liked this beer given the lofty expectations that I had, but I'm surprised that I enjoyed this much... Highly recommended and must for those BAs who enjoy the occassional malt bomb...

08-14-2014 02:16:09 | More by philbe311
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rredshift

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-10-2014 17:52:38 | More by rredshift
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-07-2014 04:24:13 | More by eric5bellies
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

2009 Vintage.

Poured into a tulip at north of 50 degrees. Pours with a very short head that disappears almost immediately... barely a ring left on the edges. Body is a deep dark amber. Had to look closely to catch the tiny bubbles.

Aromas are full of deep, dark fruits. From nectarines to plum to raisin. Definitely some cordial-like booziness. Surprised at how much alcohol is still on the nose after 5 years, esp at 8.5%.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Nearly cough syrup. Very little carbonation to break through the rich flavors. Flavor leads with those fruits in the aroma, lots of alcohol fumes on the throat. Grape cough syrup comes to mind. Some oak (more wood than vanilla), and a little bit of cherry sweetness in the background.

Overall, a really nice Old Ale from the motherland of old ale. I think this would be a fun one to buy 5, and rate one/year.

08-06-2014 01:14:05 | More by BeerImmediately
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Recondopf


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-04-2014 00:38:47 | More by Recondopf
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6string

Germany

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-30-2014 20:52:29 | More by 6string
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.98/5  rDev +18.9%

Fuller's Vintage Ale (2009) has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, orange-brown-copper, sort of brilliant appearance (under light), not much lacing, and no visible bubble streams. The aroma is of deep, strong, sweet, syrupy, moldy, ironized, pithy, fruity, bready malt, and the flavor is of all that, with pale fruit, nougat, cream cheese, relatively mild hop bitterness, red dirt, butter, caramalized sugar, toffee, caramel topping on vanilla soft serve, bread crust, flaky pie crust, and a slight celery. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Fuller's Vintage Ale (2009) finishes wet and ultra-rich. Overall, this is good at the highest estate. Almost perfect, in every way.

RJT

07-27-2014 16:35:18 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jds16

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-24-2014 02:40:35 | More by jds16
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Lobina

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-22-2014 03:41:15 | More by Lobina
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-21-2014 03:58:42 | More by Bf_89
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

07-18-2014 04:02:42 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-16-2014 19:53:11 | More by MattXT
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archero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-15-2014 05:43:21 | More by archero
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cole

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-14-2014 22:01:01 | More by cole
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-13-2014 15:09:14 | More by JohnnyMc
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

07-13-2014 05:14:57 | More by valianes
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-12-2014 16:00:03 | More by wrightst
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-12-2014 15:30:17 | More by GRG1313
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huntermop

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-12-2014 03:14:46 | More by huntermop
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gabriemw


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-10-2014 23:54:02 | More by gabriemw
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-10-2014 00:47:25 | More by Brewski
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-03-2014 15:51:15 | More by GClarkage
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BigJohnShow

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-02-2014 22:57:33 | More by BigJohnShow
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-01-2014 17:39:44 | More by tkdchampxi
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-30-2014 16:12:54 | More by rolltide8425
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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.