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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

648 Reviews
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Reviews: 648
Hads: 1,187
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 114
Gots: 282 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

2009 vintage, so 4 years old. 500ml bottle.

hazy dark copper color, thin off-white head that fades. rich malty aroma - toffee, caramel, raisins. more of the same with the taste, but well balanced. not too sweet, some earthy bitterness to even things out. smooth silky body, moderate soft carbonation. very tasty overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2010 vintage 1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with papered-over branded black pressure cap and classy understated label art acquired at me local bottle shop (they just had 2010 vintage lying about in 2013) and served into a Glenmorangie whisky taster in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Bottle No 122366. 8.5% ABV confirmed. Brewed with Golding and Fuggle hops. Dry-hopped with Golding and Target hops. "Best before end 2013." Perfect! I believe Fuller's maintains that this peaks at 3 years as well.

Served chilled, but not cold, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured carefully per the label's instructions.

Good carbonation hiss as it's opened.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white/light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice complexion. Head retention isn't bad considering the beer's age and high ABV - about 2 minutes. Some inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass when the glass is tilted, but little forms naturally as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent orange-copper of superb vibrance. No yeast particles/sediment are visible.

It's a nice appearance for an old ale and I'm looking forward to trying it. Nothing about the appearance reveals its age or suggests it's gone downhill. Not unique or special, but certainly attractive.

Sm: Has a light toasted malt character accompanied by some toffee as well as bursts of fruity esters: orange, pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruits which are too vague to identify. I'm surprised at the notable hop presence - both because of the style and because of the beer's age. Ripe orchard peach surfaces as it warms a bit. Honey. Very attractive sweet nectary notes. It's got a good malty sweetness and plenty of juicy fruits. I also pick up some white raisin and mellow berries.

It's quite clean; no yeast character is detectable. Alcohol is well concealed.

Overall, I'm really looking forward to trying this. The fruit notes are a definite highlight. It's also just a bit acidic, which accentuates the fruit. An inviting aroma of average strength.

T: It's got a marshmallow, toffee, light caramel, and vaguely toasty core with gorgeous balance. The fruity juiciness really comes in just before the climax, adding nuanced notes of peach, sticky pineapple, mango, and even a hint of passionfruit. White raisin. The hops have matured nicely with age, complementing the malts with unobtrusive fruity and faintly floral notes. The marshmallow is lovely, and was unexpected. I pick up some depleted orange jam notes and green apple as it warms. Some sherry too. Also a bit of butterscotch. There's plenty of rich English malt character here which is lovely. Refined and tasty, but perhaps not as approachable as other old ales. I like that it really commits to its distinguished English character, but that comes at the expense of accessibility and perhaps even balance. I can see where oxidation will actually complement this flavour profile rather than damage it.

It's an extremely cohesive build for an old ale, but not quite a gestalt one. Balanced and refined. There's plenty of complexity here, and even some intriguing nuance. But it could be far more intricate and subtle. Age has done it well and I'd be curious to try this fresh. Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

The marshmallow is the standout note for me.

Hides its ABV well.

Mf: Decadently smooth and wet. Very rich. It's a rather refined texture which keeps it simple and stays out of the way of the flavour profile. In so doing, it complements the taste well and succeeds at facilitating full delivery of the complex flavours. A bit acidic, which is a nice characteristic in an old ale. Medium-bodied. Aptly thick. A biteen buttery. Has some alcohol-induced warmth, which is light enough that it just seems to complement the beer, and makes it a comforting winter sipper.

Not too sticky or chewy. Not oily, astringent, harsh, boozy, gushed, rough, or hot.

Dr: It's a refined sipper for the distinguished drinker. It sips real well out of a whisky tumbler. I haven't tried it fresh, but I'd like to, and the marshmallow note alone reveals this beer develops very well with age. I'd really like to try a 1-5 year vertical of this stuff. For now, my recommendation is in concordance with Fuller's - it peaks at 3 years. While it's not for the newcomer, this old ale is a fine example of a good English approach to the style and while I won't be putting any down to cellar meself, it's a beer I'd definitely recommend my friends try at least once. Certainly a classic, but not a world-class offering. I think with time and palate development, I'll come to appreciate this more and more, but constructively it's a bit overhopped and lacks the intricacy of superior beers in the style. I hope to update this review when I've tried other vintages.

B-

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500ml bottle of 2013 Vintage Ale from the LCBO the other day for $7.25 CDN. Comes in a nice fancy box. Served cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - Ruby red color with hues of brown, frothy ivory head with 2 fingers worth of head. Great head retention time and some good lacing.

Smell - Mild malt presence immediately hits your nose, then transitions into some more floral. Also mixed in there is a sweet dessert type smell (butterscotch, vague chocolate and caramel aromas).

Taste - Quite complex, with a blend of floral hops, desserts from the dessert tray, fruitcake and some chocolate. Even some earthy undertones and a little bit of coffee in the back end and aftertaste. Despite the heavy malt base, the hops come through on every sip in an understated way. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, decadent, medium carbonation with a creamy feel. Yet do to the effects on the palate this also comes across as refreshing. Rather light on its feet for a full flavored high ABV beer.

Overall - Excellent beer full of complexity, wish I had some space so that I could age a couple of these for a couple of years to see how they taste then. Highly recommended to try at least once even given the hefty price tag.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage in the cellar since 2012.

A- Enjoyed out of a wine glass. Pours a copper tone fill with a creamy white head that dissipates into nothing.

S- Some fruit notes mixed in with rich brandy.

T- Very complex. First got a huge hint of cognac followed up with that sweet nectar commonly found in bitters. The aftertaste leaves the slightest of alcohol burns which I found incredibly surprising yet overwhelming satisfying.

M- On par with what you'd find in ESB. A very creamy mouthfeel from the bottle conditioning reminds me much of a cask ale. Very low carbonation.

O-Tremendous for the category although a bit pricey value wise. Understandably the import adds a few $ to the bottle I'm sure but it's a great representation of the traditional British ale.

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Photo of rangerred
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a frothy one finger white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

The aroma is full of caramel and sweet toffee with loads of figs and plums. Some orange sneaks through along with sherry. Really good depth and there is a lot going on.

A huge hit of caramel up front in the taste along with some chocolate. There is a subtle smokiness in the background too. A heavy sherry note along witih plums and figs. Bready malt in there but the dark fruit really dominates. I can also detect some orange. Towards the finish, there is a quick metallic shot followed by a whiff of alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly thick with a decent sweetness lingering after the finish.

Overall, a very deep and complex beer. There is really a lot going on here in the aroma and flavor and it is a wonderful drinking experience. I really with I could try some of the other vintages.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I find this hard to rate, depending on which vintage and when you have it. The rates here stand for the 2004 one.

No. 18550 of 95000 bottles, had in 2013.
Dark fruit complexity (raisin, plum, but also red berries and a more than decent amount of cherry); Coffee, sweet chocolate, to toffee notes; Caramel malts, hints of vanilla, cocoa, also some licorice sweetness;
Thwe alcohol is smooth and prickles nicely, bringing also some brandy/bourbon whisky notes;
In the finish itțs backed up by a beautiful hoppy bitterness and a mild roast; the sweetness goes down like honey in the finish, the creaminess helps too; cellary, barrelly notes from the aging, with oaky woody notes;
This was beautiful: malty and fruity, deliciously sweet, with a nice smooth alcohol, a perfectly melded English ale; Aged beautifully, making it noble and elegant.

Also had the 2010 vintage in 2013, but the one above was better.

For the sake of completion, i re-edited. Had the 2000 vintage, in 2014. Different fish food entirely, would have rated it way closer to 5.

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Photo of MistaT
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I registered on Beer Advocate to blast another beer but have since cooled. In doing so, and potentially helping, I've been privileged to enjoy a Fuller's 2011 Vintage Ale. This is a beautiful beer I've enjoyed a handful of times since learning about it three or so years ago, and this bottle was as good as ever.

Let's start with appearance - generally a beer's appearance is limited to its color, head and potentially the bottle. In all these aspects this beer excels, but credit to Fuller's for taking it a step further with a gorgeous dark red box that lets you know you're set to enjoy something special.

The beer smells of a slight musk with tones of raisins coming through immediately. Of all the beer's aspects I will admit the smell is the least appealing though that's not to say its poor. Rather it doesn't do much aside from confirm the age of the beer and the quality of its hops/malt. Of the two primary beer ingredients malt comes through more notably with hops being secondary.

Taste - exquisite. Simple as that.

Like many of Fuller's beers there is a great balance of hops and malts so that each set is fairly represented. This is certainly a beer for those that favor malts but its not over the top. Dried fruits are another prominent flavor with raisins coming through particularly strong.

Overall - a beautiful beer that I look to grab any time I see in the store. Its perfect for the cellar, and while its served in a pint sharing this beaut will be sure to please any guest.

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Photo of delta490
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of the 2009 vintage, cellared since early 2010.

A- pours a deep caramel with a short-lived white head, that lives on around the circumference of the imperial pint glass.

S- deep malt. Dark fruit dominates (currants, raisins). Sweet with subtle alcohol esters.

T- rich and deep. Dark toffee (or maybe treacle), fruit and alcohol. Reminded me of a Christmas rum cake, minus the spice.

M- smooth, almost creamy.

O- A great English ale. The aging has really made it fantastic.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice bottle. Very old fashioned and austere. What's inside is even better. Pours a light toasty orange that makes one think mellow but complex, aged yet dynamic. A whiff of the light caramel colored head evokes fine scotch whisky and butterscotch, coffee cake and sweet orange. Palate shows a mind-blowing complexity that includes the aforementioned aroma components along with citrus marmalade, brown sugar, nutmeg/mace, vanilla toffee, dates, tobacco, and bitter Brazil nuts. A sipper that won't get dull as each sip reveals something new, with each component falling into the dark and sweet categories. Hops prevent things from being too decadent and add spicy earthy notes. Body is not as heavy as excepted but still pretty chewy (think a strong brown ale) and finish is winey and aromatic. The sort of beer that might cause a paradigm shift in any novices who happen to be around when you partake and worth every penny. Will change with age. The present exemplar was almost three years old.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color with amber hues and an off-white 1 1/2 finger head that has medium retention. Fine lacing in the glass.

Wonderfully complex nose: nutmeg, mace, brown bread, highland scotch without the peat, oloroso sherry, banana, toffee, orange marmalade and smoke. Nose keeps evolving as you are enjoying the beer.

On the palate, many of the same flavors return. That taste of peat-less scotch and oloroso sherry combined together linger.

Medium+ bodied and almost a little oily in the mouthfeel. Nice long aftertaste in this beer.

Really nicely done. Could see myself savoring a pint of this for an extended period after a nice meal or during the fall and winter months.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

poured a hazy deep orange in color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head which left behind nice amounts of lacing. looks a lot like a barleywine. aromas of barley, vanilla, wood barrels, raisins, pennies. this is a very sweet tasting beer, very subtle with everything really - lots of bready notes, biscuity, then you get a slight whisky flavor.. more wood than anything, a slight charred bitterness.. AND you do get a nice warmth from the abv.. almost a corn flakes like aftertaste.

the beer itself is slightly thin for the abv%, but right on the money for an old ale. medium body, thin on the tongue, but the alcohol warmth makes it feel like it's almost full bodied.. until you go for another sip.

this is a nice beer all around. it was a present from my wife, who knows absolutely nothing about beer - she just thought it looked fancy in the box. i'm glad she picked this up for me for christmas.. i feel like the few months in the cellar have done this one well. not sure about its cost, but this seems like an affordable beer, and very spot on for the style. i'll go ahead and recommend it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear caramel reddish color, with golden highlights at the edges, topped with a finger of off-white head that recedes to a wisp. Leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet, rich aroma. Lots of sweet caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and booze. Smells very nice.

T- Similar to the aroma, with more dark fruit, berries, caramel and vanilla. There's some herbal hop flavors towards the finish, but as the beer warms these become less prominent amid the malty sweetness. Some nice boozy sweetness and warmth at the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a good amount of warmth.

O- A nice old ale, the sweet malt flavors are great, I might grab some more of this to hang onto and see how it's tasting after the hops fade out, a very good beer overall.

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Photo of brureview
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Fullers Vintage ale.

The beer poured an attractive copper color with less than a 1/2 finger head in a balloon glass.
Serving temp: 52F.

The aroma was prominent: figs, vanilla, peachy fruits.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

The taste was excellent, unlike most British beers I have tasted: peachy, raisins.

The beer had a whiskey-like finish. Bitter, a bit alcoholic, but not over the top.

This is a complex beer which tastes more like a beer of 10+ABV. I will buy another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of lighthabit
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprisingly little to comment on, as it is very well done . . . though not forging any real new ground. appearance is a solid ale, thick head dies down to leave not much in the lacing. nose is the best part, fruity, figgy, leather, a bit of sweetness that is very inviting. a bit of plum, leather and clove in the taste, very nice. presentation (packaging), gets bonus points

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Photo of speter
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

A: Deep ruby that poured clear before I swirled the yeasty goodness that lent a tinge of cloud to the glass. Large bubble, off-white head quickly dissipated, leaving virtually no lacing nor residual carbonation.

S: Toffee, caramel, raisins, and toasted biscuits, with a faint hint of hay and a touch of yeast.

T: Follows the nose closely, with a dose of toffee up front giving way to more bready goodness in mid palate and a balancing bit of bitterness in the finish. However, the malt's the star here. As the ale opens up, the raisins give way to darker fruit and an almost oaky/bourbony quality.

M: Mouth-coating and syrupy, especially due to the light British carbonation levels. This would be a perfect crisp fall day beer.

O: This is a truly superb brew that captures the best of the British Isles. Akin to a German Doppelbock, this has a biscuity quality I have come to love in real British ales, along with the subtle understatement of Goldings. I am going to get more of these, laying them down for 3-4 years as recommended.

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Photo of AndyPublican
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt taste, really like black tea, it is very bitter. The flavors of malt and hops are intertwined. Tried vintage 2010, apparently was too young. Such beer to withstand the maximum, only if it is fully revealed. Suffice it to yourself to get a certain characteristics to safely call it in English, tough ale.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage poured into a snifter

A- Pours very murky/hazy orange amber color. A frothey off white head.

S- This beer smells like an aged IPA surprisingly. A bitter Fruit smell. A lot of grapefruit, candied raisins. A slight cinnamon and spice. A sticky syrupy sweet smelling brew.

T- A big malty flavor to this beer. A light caramel and a sweet toffee flavor. A slight roastyness. A sticky dark fruit flavor. A massive plum presence and a candied raisin. A very nice grain flavor and yeastyness. A slight spiciness as well. A remaining hop bitterness but most of the flavor has faded.

M- A lighter body then I expected. Perfect carbonation and an overall pleasing brew on the palate.

O- A very solid Old ale. I would love to try some older vintages and have no doubt this would age well.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2006 vintage, bottle # 67668, had this sitting in my cellar since i acquired it nearly 7 years ago. I was expecting this to be a little off, not even a little bit.

This poured a deep clear ruby with a little off white head, smell is very strong mostly of caramel malt with some hops. Flavor is very bold and full of malt with some hops in the finish. Alcohol is definitely present but it's taste is well concealed in the brew.
Mouthfeel is very full and strong, this is something you want to take nice and slow.

I'm very glad i let this one rest a bit before giving it a go. I imagine that a fresh one would be very sweet and very boozy. I will have to get another one of these once they are available again to sit in my cellar for a while.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, poured into a snifter. Pours an amber orangey gold color. Good carbonation, decent head and lacing. Smells of caramel and toffee. Taste is mildly sweet, with caramel and toffee up front but chalk and metallic notes in the aftertaste that come and go. Tastes a lot like an American-style barley wine but not as complex as I had hoped for a slightly older vintage. Still worth trying once.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: look of unfiltered peach juice, muddy orange/brown with off-white head that only lasts a minute or two

Aroma: apple or pear cider; oak; mostly sweet with a bit of sour tang; faintly of clove and cinnamon

Taste & Mouthfeel: a blend of orchard fruit with a mild balancing bitterness that tastes mostly of pith - in fact the beer is overall fairly mild and subtle, but wouldn't say boring; apples, pears are still top of mind, with some nectarine, apricot; toffee malt pairs well with fruit; slightly woody flavour has a hint of char in the finish; the toffee sweetness takes over halfway through, and steadily the builds to a cloying mouthfeel

Overall: starts off nice enough, but loses steam and really doesn't leave a great final impression; elements are there to make it great, but needs a little something....

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2009 vintage in the cellar and drank it tonight. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark amber color, very nice clarity. Soapy white head formed then faded quickly. Some carbonation left but some loss is detected. Smell was ripe figs and caramel. Taste was very nice. Sweet malt dominates. The mouthfeel was amazing. Super smooth and velvety. Went down like an aged port wine: just a bit of booze but delicious. What a nice beer. Aging this ale for 3-4 years did wonders.

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.