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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

973 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 77
Gots: 181 | 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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pin

Australia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-30-2014 02:48:24 | More by pin
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

06-29-2014 17:29:11 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

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

06-29-2014 17:25:43 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-29-2014 17:13:56 | More by smithj4
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sammyg832

Arizona

5/5  rDev +19.3%

06-27-2014 20:53:06 | More by sammyg832
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

06-19-2014 02:18:19 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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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%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

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
Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.