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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 81
Gots: 198 | FT: 6
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%.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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ElviraS, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

DeLuxe13, Aug 30, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage - 2009 (No. 105054)

A - A finger and a half worth of cascading slightly late to develop light khaki colored froth that is equal parts airy and creamy... Audibly fizzy... Limited retention gives way to a full rich creamy mostly thick lacing... The color is a muted light-to-medium brown... There is a subtle murkiness about... A limited bit of sluggish carbonation can be seen rising along the sides of the glass...

S - Holy malt bomb batman... I love it... Bursting at the seams with rich caramel and toffee... Loaded with an abundance of dark fruits... Molasses... Light notes of brown sugar... Just a hint of vanilla... A very light whiff of booziness on the back end... Stellar with excellent depth and complexity...

T - Light brown sugar notes to start... Next comes a wave of dark fruit notes... Next there are subtle hints of toffee, vanilla and caramel... There seems to be a very subtle re component on the finish that compliments the warmth of the alcohol... The booziness lingers on the finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth and sophisticated... Coats the mouth and is a bit sticky... Some limited carbonation... The deep finish turns a bit chalky with just a touch of dryness... A light alcohol induced warmth lingers on the finish as well...

D - What a wonderful beer... Elegant... Sophisticated... A definite sipper... I found my self relaxing more and more with each and every sip... Beyond very good and just a notch below world class... I eagerly await the ability to try additional vintages... I'm not surprised that I liked this beer given the lofty expectations that I had, but I'm surprised that I enjoyed this much... Highly recommended and must for those BAs who enjoy the occassional malt bomb...

philbe311, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

rredshift, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

eric5bellies, Aug 07, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

Poured into a tulip at north of 50 degrees. Pours with a very short head that disappears almost immediately... barely a ring left on the edges. Body is a deep dark amber. Had to look closely to catch the tiny bubbles.

Aromas are full of deep, dark fruits. From nectarines to plum to raisin. Definitely some cordial-like booziness. Surprised at how much alcohol is still on the nose after 5 years, esp at 8.5%.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Nearly cough syrup. Very little carbonation to break through the rich flavors. Flavor leads with those fruits in the aroma, lots of alcohol fumes on the throat. Grape cough syrup comes to mind. Some oak (more wood than vanilla), and a little bit of cherry sweetness in the background.

Overall, a really nice Old Ale from the motherland of old ale. I think this would be a fun one to buy 5, and rate one/year.

BeerImmediately, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Recondopf, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

6string, Jul 30, 2014
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4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fuller's Vintage Ale (2009) has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, orange-brown-copper, sort of brilliant appearance (under light), not much lacing, and no visible bubble streams. The aroma is of deep, strong, sweet, syrupy, moldy, ironized, pithy, fruity, bready malt, and the flavor is of all that, with pale fruit, nougat, cream cheese, relatively mild hop bitterness, red dirt, butter, caramalized sugar, toffee, caramel topping on vanilla soft serve, bread crust, flaky pie crust, and a slight celery. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Fuller's Vintage Ale (2009) finishes wet and ultra-rich. Overall, this is good at the highest estate. Almost perfect, in every way.


RonaldTheriot, Jul 27, 2014
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wrightst, Jul 12, 2014
Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.