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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

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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%.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding 2004 edition in year one, bottle 37989 Comes with a beautiful presentation box. I gave out a slew of these instead of single malt scotch and got great feedback while saving loads of money for more beer for me. Deliciously hoppy, pale ale with barley that remains long on the palate.

Had the 2005 edition fresh and it was a nice scotch taste, easy drink.
2006 edition showed hoppiness out front, drunk 1/3 year into release, then malt and vintage scotchiness.
Had the 2006 a year later and good soapy head but off-taste. Had it at end of 2008 and it was rich, with dried apricot, a citrus hoppy aroma, and lacey white. Had the 2006 five years later and a sweetish blend with a richer malt complexity in the finish. Still barleywinish.
The 2007 edition tasted like a young barleywine/old ale, with drying hops from beginning to end, some carmel malt secondary.
The 2008 was not astringent. Promises of a good old ale.
The 2009 was a well done old ale. Mild fruit, carmel gave it an above average mouthfeel. Not sweet, and most drinkable.
The 2010 was a good rich malting, with promise for ageing.
The 2012 was a rich maltiness, with citrus hop finish (had in '14).

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 03:27:10 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage.

Bottle # 123290.

Best before end 2015.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, fruit, and some slight hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer this fresh but I would be curious to see what some age does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:07:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Bronzed dark pumpkin, an especially deep, rich and regal hue. The compact crown is a complementary shade of pastel orange-ecru. It falls extremely slowly, leaving an array of thick, patchy lace as it does so.

The aroma isn't quite a gobsmacker, but it more than gets the old ale job done. Present is a moderate toasted maltiness, along with dark butterscotch and dried fruits macerated in Irish whiskey. What was expected was more of a vinous, port wine-like nose, though I'm not disappointed in the least.

The 2004 vintage used Maris Otter malt and Goldings hops. Other years, Fuller, Smith & Turner has used Golden Promise or Optic Pale on the malt side of things... and Fuggles, Challenger or Target on the hop side. I'm sure they're all equally good.

Now *this* is an English old ale! Since I've never had a Vintage Ale fresh, I have no idea if aged is the way to go, but the brewers must know what the hell the're talking about. They suggest aging this fine ale to its peak flavor at 3-4 years. Who could possibly argue with that when the end result is so lip-smackingly delicious?

The first word to enter my mind when beer entered mouth was 'refined'. The second word was 'quality'. Time has allowed the various flavors to meld into something truly special. A hint of oxidation is perfect and adds yet another facet to an ale that is already incredibly complex.

The flavor profile includes lightly toasted brown bread covered with a thin layer of Curacao orange marmalade, a pinch of cocoa powder, butterscotch, sugar-crusted English walnuts and cherry pipe tobacco. Everything blends together in kaleidoscopic fashion throughout each mouthful. Why did I wait so long to enjoy the magnificence that is Vintage Ale?

It's quite possible that I've never before experienced a beer this glassy smooth. It's like liquid crushed velvet, only softer and much silkier. A handful of superfine bubbles keeps things from feeling flat. In a word: perfection.

I was pretty sure that this impressively packaged beer would be good, but I didn't expect the masterpiece that it turned out to be. If you're searching for an outstanding cellarable brew, your search is now over. Bottom line: Fuller's Vintage Ale is a timeless classic that is the gold standard for the English old ale style.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 15:31:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2005 shared by Patrick.

The pour is a clear amber color with a very small off-white head. A bit of a sherry-like aroma. Quite fruity (raisins and cherries) with some vanilla and cream. Interesting aroma. The flavor is also heavy on the vanilla, sweet fruit, sugar, and caramel. A touch of sherry and oxidation in there as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 15:44:17 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (Vintage 2000 - drank in 2005): Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium off-white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of figs and dry raisins is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the figs and the dry raisins with some strong malt. What I thought was surprising what the piney and citrusy ending courtesy of too many hops IMHO for this type of beer. Body is above average but could be more consistent and carbonation is also above average. Good but I would say not as good as the previous vintage years I had the luck of drinking.

Bottle (Vintage 2012 - drank in 2013): Poured a copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of residual sugars with some dry caramel and minimal hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by some residual sugars with quite a bit of dry caramel malt with weird grainy notes. Hops presence is kept at a low level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol is easily detectable. I usually like to give a year to the Vintage for the malt to balanced itself out and take out some of the hops presence. Seems like it wasn’t a good idea with the 2012 vintage since it tasted like a really old beer already.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 21:32:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004: Sampled on 10/22/09:

This beer really holds up great. Even with five years bottle conditioning, the hop profile still gives a bitter balance and an earthy, herbal complexity. Delicate caramels and brown sugars are well melded with hardly a trace of oxidation. Pleasantly cool (minty) and with a creamy, powdery finish.

Vintage 2006: Sampled on 03/22/07:

Certainly agree with the recommendation to lay this beer down for a few years. This beer promises greatness with syrupy sweet amber malts and a soft hop presence. Complexity results from the sweet malts, bready, yeasty flavors and textures. While compounded harshly with strong alcohols, this beer will prove to melt and improve greatly with a little age. I look forward to editing this review and rating when this beer matures properly.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:34:52 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish-copper body with a large, lasting beige-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of earthy butterscotch, juicy apples, suede leather, with a bit of yeastiness. Plenty of alcohol notes, too.

Taste: A very curious flavor; a mixture of light caramel, toasted pecans, a zesty Christmas spice, and hints of apples and pears. The hops, though minimal, are quite grassy tasting and lends a nice, dry finish. As with the nose, the alcohol is rather apparent, tasting like someone snuck in a shot of brandy in my glass. After some time, its all apples/pears and alcohol, really giving you the sense of a dry cider-cognac concoction.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a very soft, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Its drinkable, even without much age under its belt. We'll see how my second bottle does in a couple of years...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 23:11:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 01:33:23 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

2007 vintage. I've long eyed this boxed bottle, and now I finally get to try some of the innards. It pours a lightly-brackish sunset amber topped by a minor bit of khaki foam. The nose comprises red apple skin, sweet caramel, and perfume-y flowers. The taste is an unpleasant melange of honey, cerumen and light biscuit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I'm not sure if the age somehow got to this one early or something, but either way it did not sit well with my tongue. It actually hurt a little to drink at times...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 22:17:10 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Although the label reads "Best before end 2003", it's my belief after enjoying it over the last two years that it's just come into its prime. I've really grown to enjoy this ale in the past year! And I'd suggest that although it probably won't improve any further, it should hold well for at least another year or two. Stored undisturbed and served at cellar temperature, it's crystal clear. When held to the light it's a very nice amber-copper, but it takes on a more interesting ruby cast when sitting on the bar. The initially foamy head slowly drops to a thin but creamy surface covering. The head retention is excellent and it leaves really nice lace through most of the Imperial pint. The nose displays a softly sweet and fruity (soft strawberry) malt that's laced with gentle alcohol. It's full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a fine and moderate natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor delivers a rich, fruity malt upfront with a touch of blackberry and dark fruit skins; and across the middle a note of licorice appears due to a combination of sweet malt, grassy/floral hop flavors, and spicy alcohol. A firm hop bitterness appears leading into the swallow, followed by emerging notes of caramel and vanilla in the finish. Quite nicely balanced and somewhat complex! An exceptionally nice beer to casually enjoy in a relaxing atmosphere... ...a softened leather high-back chair, a softly glowing fireplace, and a well-worn copy of Moby Dick come to mind! An ale well worthy of the "Vintage" name.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 20:02:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 2008 version (#57532), into my University of Alberta beer stein.

This beer pours a hazy medium copper amber colour, with two fat fingers of aggressively foamy, and somewhat sudsy off-white head, that leaves some nice rainforest canopy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sweet caramel malt, hard toffee, dried orange rind, apple flesh, musty cellar, and some faint floral, earthy hops. The taste is big bready malt sweetness up front - caramel, butterscotch, raisins - which dries out very quickly under a strong noble hop surge, the alcohol chipping in its share. I can't help but notice the slow, subtle furtherance of that old musty, woody essence - it's like this beer sopped up the air under the old stairs in my parents' house. It isn't overpowering or even off-putting, just a different companion than I'm used to for the big buttery caramel malt.

The carbonation is quite low, manifesting in just a mild frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium weight, creamy, round and solidly smooth. It finishes fairly dry, the malt turning crackery, and the alcohol making itself clearly known, gently rendered as it may be.

A pleasantly warming vintage ale, the 'old' character meshing well with the rest. Given the decent balance but slightly out of whack alcohol warming, I'm looking forward to seeing what a few years in the bottle have done to a couple of the earlier vintages of this that I've been saving, as they were big hits when I brought them to recent office Christmas parties.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 23:46:06 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a bright ruby red, head is an actively bubbly, lacey off-white, and swiftly dissipating. Aroma: huge with fruit! Bam! Boom! Strawberry Jam + booze all up in your nose, brother! Actually, more along the way of cherries and grapes, but very ripe, strong and powerful! Definitely the nose of a barleywine, and already I'm thoroughly impressed! (This ale hasn't exactly been cellared, merely waiting in a store's cooler all the while, for me to rescue it! )
Whoosh! Hoo, daddy! A large charge on the palate, a big deposit of hops and flavor and alcohol! Yessir, she's my baby, nossir, don't mean maybe!
Nice balance, malt sticks up for itself quite nicely, and provides sufficient backdrop for all this hoppy flavor and booze.
Fruity flavor continues, as does our friend Mr. Liquor, and my head is swimmin' already, and all it knows how to do is doggy paddle, but that does the trick.
It's "only" 8.5% and I feel blasted at all sides. This is rich, delightful, delicious stuff! Bottle #53,187 out of 85,000.
Bright, and deep, and plummy, but cherry, sweet and dark,
what a nice ale. Mmmmm...I'll say it again,...Mmmmm!!!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 00:25:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 release, bottle #111880 poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and honey followed by some breadiness from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a style.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:22:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition.

Into an Oerbier wine-style glass, this pours very dark, with a deep attractive ruby glint in the light. Sticky lacing all around, that seems to remain for the duration of the glass.

Aroma is a bit sweet and floral with cola spices and a backing of dried fruits, particularly citrus, some apricot. A bit of mustiness reflects it's 5 years of age.

Sweet and a bit oxidized, it feels creamy with some mild bitterness from the residual Fuggles still kicking around. Fairly fruity and vinous. Full bodied sipper. Don't think i'd age it for this long in the future, i'm getting tired of old-tasting beer. It's mellowed a bit, but I could imagine that the apricot & floral notes would have been more vibrant in days past.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 01:17:20 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle#67253

Pours amber/bronze with a fluffy white head that drops off to a healthy film.Very light lacing and below average head retnention

Smell: Raisins, dates, brown sugar. oakiness and alcohol dance together nicely

Taste: Huge maltiness, dryness and an oaky& vanilla taste that swings between whisky & sherry. Some hop bitterness lingers on the tounge and throat. Super dry and fruitty finish (dates, raisins& spiciness), plus some alcohol

MF: Silky/chewy and makes me think barley wine although the difference between an old ale and BW is not much. Carbonation almost perfect

Pretty drinkable for the heft. I enjoyed this true winter warmer. Fuller's comes through with another classic!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 05:07:37 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It's warm with a wonderful sweet malt aroma. It has a nice fig/fruity aroma as well. The taste is great! It has a warm and velvety feel with loads of malt complexity . It's got a tremendous burnt toffee flavor that warms on the way down. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's probably one of the most drinkable old ales I've tried. It's full flavored and easy drinking even at 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 23:33:24 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008. Beer served in a tulip. Beer is dark amber / red and hazy. Forms a huge head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks really good.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Mild earthiness to the whole thing. Aroma is appropriate levels. Smells pretty good.

Beer is thick and quite sweet. Not a lot of bitterness at the back but some caramel notes in the early and midpalate. Minimal carbonation. Tastes good. Drinkability suffers for me, its a little too heavy for me, probably a bad beer to start with. I think it would improve with age (duh). I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 01:24:20 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 17:34:38 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle No. 137247

A - Poured out a clear, caramel color (looked like a dopplebock) with a foamy, bubbly, tan, two-finger head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very sweet. Great malty and biscuity aromas.

T - It had a bitter spiciness with a very sweet, maltiness. Nice earthy hops.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a very good ole ale. Very sweet and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 02:39:43 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage, Sampled April 2007
Pours with an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a supernaturally, brilliantly clear, cranberry-ruby color. The aroma is a mix of sweet malts, concentrated fruit and lightly warming alcohol. The aroma is quite a bit lighter than I was expecting; I do get notes of raisins, cherries, biscuit malt, rum and even some green herbal hop notes.

The taste is quite sweet, which brings out a bright, berry like fruit flavor up front. This concentrated fruit note actually continues on through to the finish, where it perhaps picks up some notes of green raisins as well. A soft, herbal hop character is noticeable up front and in fact picks up some steam towards the finish where it accentuates a nice, mostly clean bitterness that is perhaps a touch rough around the edges. The berry notes mix with a mellow bergamot note and the alcohol to produce almost something cordial like. At times this beer finishes with a warming alcohol sensation as it flows down the throat, this integrates quite well with the overall character though and in fact helps to balance the sweet malt and fruit notes.

This is a nice beer, I was not expecting this to be as nice as this already. It could clearly use more edge, but some of the previous releases were too cloying when young; this one is not quite there, though it is fairly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 21:56:49 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

2007 Edition opened in 2009, bottle #114182. The beer poured out as a copper color with a nice creamy looking head on it. The lacing was pretty nice for this beer, I wasn't really expecting that too much. The smell of the beer had some grainy malt aroma with some hops in the mix. The taste was semi-sweet like they might have added some brown sugar to it or caramel maybe. The taste was very good from start to finish though. The mouthfeel of the beer was very nice as well, it was smooth but had a decent amount of carbonation in it. Overall this beer was way better than any other Fuller's brew that I've tried. Well worthy trying if you find some!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:07:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage - No. 41928

Pours deep copper with a towering, slightly off-white head that quickly descends to a thin cover that becomes a patch. A small amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of figs and dates, caramel, earthy and nutty, some sweet grains.

The taste is of caramel wrapped around figs and dates. Earthy hops in the background balance out the sweetness enough that it doesn't become too much. Smooth with a touch of butter. The Fuller's yeast strain, which I happen to like, gives it a nice Fuller's touch, while staying well-controlled. Peppery alcohol becomes more noticeable as it progresses, though it doesn't quite get too boozy. Finishes with a balanced, spicy sweetness.

Coating and smooth in a wonderfully rich body. Flavors hang on.

One of the most drinkable old ales I've had. This is really nice to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 19:08:25 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007# 103559.

I've been saving this for a few years: tonight is the night!

Poured slowly into my 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Nice looking brownbody with a red hue: on top a full, deep head of off-white foam.

Port like in aroma and intial taste: a rich fruit cake infused with Port and Vanilla. This is so good it frightens me. I only have this one bottle: nothing like any other British brewed beer I've had for many a year.

The flavours just keep coming and as the beer warms in the glass the aromasand taste change a little: Sherry replaces the Port, the Vanilla takes on a dark chocolate hint and caramel easters begin to appear. This is sweet and I like it.

Really, really inpressed. I hope my 2011 version is as good when I open that.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 18:39:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006. Bottle #70785 Sampled 12-6-2006

Pours a dark amber with some ivory head. Nose is nicely hopped, but not overdone or overpowering. Slight citric scents present also. Flavor is smooth. If there were one beer you were going to call "fine beer", this would be it. Beautifully aged, you can tell by the flavor that time was taken with this one. Slight bit of a sweet edge that comes and goes quickly, as does a slight alcohol taste as well. Feel is thick. Borders on syrup qualities, but yet again is not overdone. Easy to drink off flavor, but not off texture. This is one to sip and enjoy for a time. I don't think you could go faster than that if you wanted to.

Overall a beautiful production. How often is it that a brewery can manage to make something so visually appealing through packaging and deliver such a big hit with the goods inside? I'll be looking for more of these after I move within the next month or two (I got this one when I was out of state). I will also be eagerly awaiting all future releases.

2004. Bottle #85580 Sampled 1-30-2008.

Pours a clear darker amber wiht firm brown hues. Fairly thin off white head forms and falls. When I first popped this one, I got a whiff of something and thought someone had put sherry in my beer. Unfortunately, there wasn't much left to give when I took a sniff of my glass. Flavor has some minor caramel tones. The alcohol is noticeable, but it gives a nice burn. Almost like I was sipping on bourbon. Mild earth tones and wood on the back side. Feel is smooth, but the liquid is thick. Not a detracting feature though. Very nice to drink, but the scores reflect the 2006 I had, so for this one knock off .5 for both taste and drinkibility. It's the alcohol. Just a wee bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:16:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 78527 2006 version.

Appearance: clear amber in color with a huge 3" head that lasted forever. Nice lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and mild bitterness are detectable.

Taste: bread, caramel, ripe fruits, butter, and a hearty bitterness level. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Lightly crisp at the start, smooth and mildly dry towards the finish. Aftertaste lingers briefly.

Drinkability: easy to quaff even though the alcohol is noticeable. Definitely worth picking it up and giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.