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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,155
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 109
Gots: 266 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Murph on 02-20-2002

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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Photo of Subliminal64
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014
No. 067160
Drank December 26, 2014

Although Fullers recommends waiting 3-4 years to consume, I could not resist. I figured if it was good, I would simply purchase another (or 2) and have them age appropriately.

As soon as you pour this Ale, you know your not dealing with a run of the mill variety. Pours a slightly cloudy copper colour with a good amount of head. It almost seems to be thicker or denser then a standard Ale.

The smell is a little sweet with a fairly significant hop smell.

The taste is a little more complex then a standard Fullers Ale. Its a little sweet, but also has the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and will be purchasing again. I wish the hops weren't as pronounced, but possibly after the 4 year "peak" it will be less noticeable. Thats just my personal taste.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with white bubbles lining the sides of the glass.

Smell - The malts stood out in the aroma, but there was also a certain booziness.

Taste - This could pass for a scotch. My initial impression was the maltiness. The malts were accompanied by spicy fruits, caramel, and toffee. The taste was boozy though not hot. I would certainly describe this as a sipper.

Mouthfeel - I did not note as much clinginess as I might like. In like, I thought it was a little thin.

Overall - I need to get another one of these and allow it to sleep in my cellar longer.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage #130020.

Appearance: Pours a subdued orange/caramel color with an off-white coating of froth on top. Quite cloudy despite sitting undisturbed for several months.

Aroma: The first thing that I noticed were wine-like esters of grape and fermented fruits. Some overripe orange notes as well, perhaps the dry-hops holding up after all this time. Similar to a barleywine.

Taste: With three years of aging under its belt, I wasn't expecting Vintage Ale pack much in the hop department. However, the first thing that hits the palate is some serious hop character. There's a fair amount of bitterness combined with an orangey, lightly earthy hop flavor. I would say there is a lack of balance here -- and that works for it. The amount of hop presence is impressive. Usually hop flavor not only fades but morphs into a somewhat unpleasant array of flavors, that is not the case here. From the start to the finish it's all hops. It is a tad watery to be fair, despite it's moderate 8.5% ABV, but at the same time it doesn't feel as though anything is missing. It's simply very well done. Nice hop bite in the finish and then a quite transition to a slow burn of earthy hops and caramel malt to round out the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body, making it the lightest beer I've ever had aged. About the amount of somewhat prickly carbonation you'd expect from a pale ale. Not really a session option but great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure what I was expecting going in to this one, but Fuller's has seriously impressed me with their bitter and porter offerings. I've got to give it to them here, against all odds the hop flavor lasted more than three years. Makes me wonder how this thing drinks fresh. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.
Already taking on some oxidation qualities, even a little more towards cardboard than sherry in the aroma. Soft malt that is not very sweet and a bit of an aqueous quality.
Nice looking with a large head for 3 years old. Cloudy orange amber. Dripping lacing.
A nice smooth alcohol flavor and warmth with a semi-sweet malt that moves towards toffee, with a touch of caramelization. Very smooth and soft. Still a touch of hop flavor but not much for bitterness.
Goes does too easily for a beer this size. Smooth and not bursting with flavor, but flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012 drank in 2014

Appearance: This beer pours a deep burnt orange, almost the color of a fall leaf with some brownish hues. A two finger creamy head forms. The head has a tannish color to it. The retention is very strong and a thin tan layer stays on the surface the whole time. As it moves around the glass it leaves behind huge foamy streaks on the glass. It is fairly hazy and almost opaque, but streaks of brightness break through the haze.

Smell: The scent starts off with a few different characteristics. The is a strong graininess to it, hinting at toasted grains and caramelized malts with no signs of roasted malts. Some strong hoppy aromas come through reminiscent of citrus, herbs and some earthiness. Overall the scent is sweet with small amounts of earthy bitterness.

Taste: The taste opens up a very slight hop bite. The taste of the hops is citrus, herbs, and some earthiness. The bitterness is quickly drowned out by a rich sweetness, caramels, toffee, and some dark fruits. The fruitiness varies from raisins to figs. Some maple syrup comes through lightly and mixes with some tobacco. Some booziness is present near the end in the form of rum or possibly brandy.

Mouthfeel: The feel on this one is thick and chewy. There is plenty of sweetness in the flavor but almost none is left behind, eaten up by mostly tobacco and some earthy bitterness. There is a slight syrupy stickiness comes through along with slight alcohol warmth.

Overall: This is easily one of the more influential old ales. It's a must try for anyone who likes the style and a staple in any cellar. The amount of improvement from one year to two is pretty substantial. This would be a fun one to do a large vertical on to see where the peak is. I think at 2+ years it is still moving upward. The balancing with the hops on this one is unlike any old ale I have had before. I look forward to slowly stocking my cellar with these boxes.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

2014 edition.

Dark ruby red appearance. Vigorous carbonation reminiscent of a Belgian strong ale is visible.

Aroma is of toffee, sweet malt and brandy like booze.

Taste is complex and well balanced. Sweet malts, toffee, tartness, syrup, raisins and mild earthy hops with a slight bitterness in the finish followed by a sweet mouth coating booziness.

Overall, a very tasty, complex English ale. Similar to Fullers Golden Pride but perhaps just a notch more complex and better.

Very nice indeed


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Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%

***1999 VINTAGE (Batch 09066)***

Celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary with this. Big thanks to Ruds.

Pours a murky, dirty brown body. Thin foam with actual legs on the sides. Very musty, some oxidization. Flavors of leather and toffee are apparent. While past its prime, it's help up relatively well IMO.

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Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.


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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has additional flavors of caramel and toffee and hints of vanilla. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of flavors that improve and become a little more complex as the beer warms up.

Note: 2012 vintage, No. 102325

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Photo of Kuaff
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011. Unboxed, and poured cellar temperature into a snifter.

A careful pour created a massive two to three-finger, cream-colored head that was thick enough to form a mound rising above the glass rim. The ale is a clear copper-ruby.

It smells of raisins, brandy, vanilla, cherries, and maybe some ripe fruits like apples and bananas.

I get a lot of cherry in the flavor at first, along with green apple. Quite a tart fruitiness. This transitions into a pretty dry finish of plums, toffee, and bread.

The feel is full with ample carbonation.

While I feel this might be a little too tart, highly carbonated, and not really complex, it's still pretty tasty.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, poured into an oversized snifter. Enjoyed to commemorate Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

A: Clear deep chestnut body. An inch of chunky tan head forms on the pour, but quickly dissipates entirely and leaves no lace. It started out looking terrific, but ends up rather uninspiring.

S: Rich and complex, with tobacco, leather, toffee, citrus, chocolate, almond, and apricot. Wonderful balance between sweet and piquant. Hugely inviting.

T: More straightforwardly sweet and malty here, with caramel, toasted bread, and stone fruit dominating. Some bittersweet earthiness on the finish, with just a hint of the citrus from the nose lingering on the long aftertaste. Delicious, but not quite as vibrant as the aroma.

M: Soft, delicately carbonated medium-full body. Excellent.

O: Terrific beer. It tastes mature and elegant at 4 years, but could certainly have gone much longer. Not even a hint of oxidation or genuine oldness, just a well-integrated smoothness. I'm also impressed that it's not too sweet - the notes of tobacco and citrus add some lovely depth to a decidedly malt-forward ale. I wish I had more, as I'd love to taste this again in another few years.


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Photo of 01001111
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A vibrant, burnt orange. Quite nice.

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.

M: Thin but with a bit of syrup. Heat builds up in the esophagus but the alcohol isn't present in the flavor.

O: Neither bad nor amazing. Reminiscent of a thinner, less complex Double DBA.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

The aroma is much more inviting, with warming caramel, toffee, roasted malts, raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of sherry oxidation, but no more than I'd expect for its age.

Flavors of caramel malts and copper kettle, rye like spice, sugary brandy fruits, roasted malt, candy apple - sweet and malty tempered by spicy euro hops, hints of port/sherry oxidation, and modest alcohol heat.

Pretty well bodied and coats your palate without getting sticky. Decent heat keeps it a nice sipper.

A really pleasant strong ale that doesn't blow you out with too many crazy flavors. If it is a single malt and single hop beer like the label makes it sound, then it's got a lot of nuance for a simple beer, just well put together.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter; 2008 vintage, Bottle #113845. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, pear, apple, plum, raisin, fig, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic old ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 version

Amber color, slightly cloudy. Pours a nice creamy just off white head. Nicely sized and with good retention.

Slightly tart dark fruit smell, a bit metallic.

Some malt and raisins up front, a fair amount of alcohol in the flavor as well as adequate bitterness to balance out the malt. Finish is complex with a good bit of alcohol and dark fruit.

MF - Medium body and surprisingly high carbonation. Carbonation borderline harsh for me. No astringency, and just a bit of alcohol warming.

I'm probably sampling slightly too cold, but see hints of nice Old Ale. More alcohol and less of a rich sherry flavor than I might expect.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is bottle number 117376 from 2012. it is oxidized and that is why the rating is so low. I almost hesitated to do the review but I wanted to show my tasting notes for those who may or may not have had an oxidized beer before.

This pours a hazy orange amber with golden hues. Fat head of tan foam that fell slowly enough and left a thin ring, a film and some lace to look ate. A few bubbles can be seen making their way to the top.

Nose is caramel and orange peel. The orange has some of the freshness still on it and so it's juicy. There's white grape a bit of nutty toffee and an underlying borderline metallic scent. It smells a bit like paper too. There is prune on the nose with a bit of sour and a buttery quality as well. There is also a scent that I would call treacle or a sweet sweetness that I cannot attribute to any fruit.

The drink had a nice bit of juicy fruit on it. The orange, a bit of apricot tartness and the white raisin. The caramel is nutty and rich, the toffee light. It has a cardboard flavor that is always between you and any of that goodness. It's also buttery like popcorn. The metallic undertaste is always there. There was a leafy leathery hop character in the drink that would have been a nice dimension to the flavor. Tart prune.

I would recommend that you try it but this bottle was obviously not what the brewer intended.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fuller's 16th batch. Bottled 2012, so at least a year and a month old. Bought from Tanakaya in Tokyo.

A: A luminous orangey copper body with a dull beige head which is incredibly clingy. Top marks for the lacing.

S: Vivid honey and orange, like what you drink when you've got a cough.

T: Honey and orange and a subtle woodiness at the back. There's a bit of roasty bitterness. The aftertaste resembles port, which I like, and there's a tiny bit of breadiness. Let's let it warm up a bit. Ah, yes, plenty of blackbcurrants, or is it blackberries? I get them mixed up. Dried fruit becoming more prominent in the aftertaste but nothing too extreme.

O: Not the most inspirational beer but still complex and I'm yet to have a barley wine that has been less than excellent.

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Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review of 2013 vintage.

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy strawberry red color with some brown in there. Almost like strawberry juice with a large bubbled white head.

The aroma has wet leaves and cardboard from oxidation. A good amount of caramel and sugary toffee sweetness.

The flavor follows with that sweetness in the front, caramel and toffee. Hints of leafiness and cardboard and that oxidation throughout. A toasted malt flavor, a light sugary sweetness that is significant, but not cloying. Fruit esters come through of some dried apricot, white raisins, apple, and pear. The finish has some of that herbal hop and a decent amount of alcohol. The sweetness and alcohol make the beer seem like a higher ABV, towards 10%.

The body is medium, a bit light at times.

A decent beer, but probably better when fresh. It would be better to have the hops shine through.

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Photo of herman77
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage

A: Nice hazy orange copper color with a light khaki head. Head holds on for awhile. Okay lacing, just love the color. Very vibrant.

S: Lots of sweet toffee notes. Figs, raisins. Some sherry or port. Alcohol is also present.

T: Good balance between sweet malts and earthiness. Hops are still present ( a bit of spice to them). More carmel, toffee malts with a bit of brown sugar. Sweet, but nowhere near overly sweet since the hops and the earthiness balance it out nicely. A bit alcoholic in the finish, bourbon or almost scotch like.

M: Medium to lighter body. Average carbonation. A bit oily.

O: Drinks a bit stronger that 8.5%. That being said, the drinkability is okay, not something your gonna want to drink all night. Overall it is tasty and I'm curious to see what the 2009, 2011 are going to taste like. I will sit on my 2013 for many years after tasting this since it still seems pretty true to what it was fresh.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, drank January 2014

a: a mix between burnt caramel and ruby red. fairly clear with a 2 finger tan white head that fades quickly to a thin layer of fizz on top

s: sweet malt bomb. i'm picking up a ton of English berries, figs, toffee, plums, raisins, and caramel. there is also a detectable amount of alcohol in the nose - not in a negative way

t: follows the nose pretty well. sweet caramel malts, figs, plums, that nice English berry flavor. then there is some nice leathery, earthy flavors along with something i imagine tobacco to taste like. after that you're hit with a subtle hop flavor - its along the lines of a tea leaf. slightly bitter, but very subtle and smooth. finishes with some alcohol

m: its on the lighter side of medium - lighter than i expected. very small amount of carbonation

o: i wasn't sure what to expect when i opened this, but i'm pleasantly surprised. this is a definite malt bomb, though i would have liked a little less alcohol in the flavor. not as good as something like Adam, but still really well made and full of nicely harmonized flavors. this walks that line between English Barleywine and Old Ale

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage bottle number 080221 into a snifter.

A: honey colored with a very small head upon pouring. The head dissipates rather quickly and there are minimal traces of lacing and a very thin foam cap left behind.

S: brandy, sweet fruit such as figs and plum. Fait whiff of alcohol as well.

T: brandy/cognac upfront, but there is also treacle and dark fruits present. The finish is grapish...if I could use such a word.

M: smooth, creamy and remarkably light. The alcohol one picks up with the nose is hidden well.

O: Fullers Vintage is an annual purchase for me, I usually get a couple of bottles every year. This was my last 2010, and it was quite enjoyable. I can only hope the other years I have age as well. The brandy and dark fruit flavors were quite enjoyable. A good sipper.

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.