Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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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
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
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.
04-24-2014 01:51:35 | More by woosterbill
Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.