Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.54/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
04-10-2014 02:07:40 | More by 01001111
4.04/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-05-2014 05:59:06 | More by afrokaze
3.84/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
03-30-2014 04:22:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.73/5 rDev -11%
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.
03-05-2014 21:32:09 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
03-03-2014 01:21:43 | More by superspak
3.79/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
03-01-2014 23:15:25 | More by mpyle
Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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