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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

967 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 78
Gots: 175 | FT: 7
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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CoolEthan

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

03-27-2014 16:39:40 | More by CoolEthan
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benjaminkhlaw

Hong Kong

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-27-2014 12:31:16 | More by benjaminkhlaw
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev -28.4%

03-27-2014 08:18:55 | More by SocalKicks
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

03-22-2014 23:05:51 | More by afsdan
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-21-2014 00:30:27 | More by lgmol
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Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-17-2014 07:11:48 | More by Maillard
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baklo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-09-2014 12:11:16 | More by baklo
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-09-2014 09:47:37 | More by Yeti1979
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BrentLinkin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

03-08-2014 16:50:44 | More by BrentLinkin
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AndrewC

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

03-08-2014 16:34:00 | More by AndrewC
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-08-2014 04:14:24 | More by szmnnl99
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Vanz

Australia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-07-2014 11:25:31 | More by Vanz
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-07-2014 02:59:52 | More by threedaggers
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carmike813

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-06-2014 01:28:27 | More by carmike813
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 21:32:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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bram325

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

03-04-2014 16:00:16 | More by bram325
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

03-03-2014 05:30:51 | More by beergorrilla
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:21:43 | More by superspak
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mpyle

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 version

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:15:25 | More by mpyle
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

02-24-2014 17:34:28 | More by rogerdandy
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RoyFokker

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

02-22-2014 22:59:28 | More by RoyFokker
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jaymo18

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-17-2014 22:50:44 | More by jaymo18
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

02-15-2014 02:59:01 | More by mattmarka1
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Phishagonia

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

02-15-2014 02:42:32 | More by Phishagonia
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-13-2014 01:11:16 | More by Dave_Treat
Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.