Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 82
Gots: 206 | 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%.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2004)
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***1999 VINTAGE (Batch 09066)***

Celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary with this. Big thanks to Ruds.

Pours a murky, dirty brown body. Thin foam with actual legs on the sides. Very musty, some oxidization. Flavors of leather and toffee are apparent. While past its prime, it's help up relatively well IMO.

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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...

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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