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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

967 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 78
Gots: 175 | 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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monketeeth

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.3%

06-09-2014 22:45:13 | More by monketeeth
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HoppySeb

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-09-2014 18:40:26 | More by HoppySeb
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-09-2014 01:47:50 | More by TongoRad
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tclipse

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-01-2014 17:56:54 | More by tclipse
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 20:48:47 | More by Kuaff
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TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-29-2014 00:52:59 | More by TX-Badger
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Caruvana

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-25-2014 00:26:49 | More by Caruvana
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Anze

Slovenia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-23-2014 20:02:18 | More by Anze
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IWannaEatFood

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-22-2014 13:30:18 | More by IWannaEatFood
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-18-2014 06:42:14 | More by DreamDeath
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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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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-28-2014 01:55:34 | More by Sludgeman
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Hodor

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +19.3%

04-26-2014 20:26:04 | More by Hodor
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 01:51:35 | More by woosterbill
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RandOOm

Russian Federation

5/5  rDev +19.3%

04-18-2014 09:01:23 | More by RandOOm
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seangibbs60

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-15-2014 14:43:46 | More by seangibbs60
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Fenton

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.3%

04-14-2014 02:10:34 | More by Fenton
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Wobbly

Missouri

5/5  rDev +19.3%

04-11-2014 20:22:35 | More by Wobbly
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Lgarciaosuna

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

04-11-2014 18:05:09 | More by Lgarciaosuna
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01001111

California

3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:07:40 | More by 01001111
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afrokaze

California

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 05:59:06 | More by afrokaze
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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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jonathaniler

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.3%

03-28-2014 16:12:38 | More by jonathaniler
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akang

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

03-28-2014 03:32:25 | More by akang
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.3%

03-28-2014 00:12:43 | More by TwoForty
Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.