Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,045 Ratings
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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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Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review of a 2009 bottle consumed with a friend while doing a side-by-side with it and a 2010.

A - Copper in colour with no visible carbonation and very minimal head.

S - Caramel and toffee come to the nose and blend well together. A rich malty aroma that also shows some other candied elements.

T - Huge caramel in the mouth. Lot's of toffee is there again too. Very malty and very sweet with a lingering malt sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied with no carbonation in the mouth. Very English.

D - High for this one. Might be too sweet but it's a nice complex brew that unfortunately took a year to acheive quality.

Photo of Dster
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

Pours rusty brown with small tan head. I think perhaps I stirred up the sediment...which I was warned not to on the packaging.

Smells of caramel and mildly of alcohol - very inviting.

Tastes somewhere between a english bitter and a belgian strong ale...adjectives escape me. Very delicious. It would be great to pair with nice food but not a session beer.

Photo of kwjd
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Maybe I should have aged this, but wanted to try it first to see if it was worth aging.

Pours a copper-amber colour with thick white head that dissipates without too much lacing. Smells of sweet caramel and butterscotch, some mild earthy hops and alcohol. Flavour is quite alcoholic, with a ton of sweetness. I really think laying down a bottle of this for a couple years could be a good idea.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage; poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Amber, somewhat translucent with a very small amount of white head.

S - Sweet brown sugar and grainy malts up front. Very subtle hops and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Sweet cereal malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. No discernible hops. Some noticeable alcohol taste.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - A bit hot but an enjoyable beer. I don't think I would track this one down again though.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage
Bottle # 121946

Pours a rust colored body with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Fruity, malty aromas.

Rich malty flavors of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with fruity accents of raisin and fig. Malty sweetness on the finish. Not much hop flavor, but just enough hop bitterness to keep it quaffable.

Not highly carbonated, but it has more than some other Old Ales. This helps lighten the body and increase its drinakabilty. Malty, but not syrupy.

An understated classic. Very well balanced. Old world brewing at its subtle best. A joy to drink even though this bottle is about as fresh as can be. Its not even close to peaking.

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

2002 Vintage # #17051

A: Amber-Carmel, lots of sea monkeys,

S: Quite heavy booze smell, like brandy,

T: Very carmely, distinct complexity of an aged ale taste and finish of sweet caramel

M: Nice and viscose very subtle carbonation

D: Found it to be quite drinkable, would love to have more of these, once in a life time, if you have one it is certainly worth the wait. For me it was a very distinctive beer one that has left an impression...

Photo of darkmartin
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, bottle # 110594

Appearance: Pours to a slightly murky, caramel-brown with an off-white head that hangs around.

Smell: Sweet malts up front, some fruit and grain with some lingering, subtle hops. Actually very reminiscent of English brown ale.

Taste: Much milder than I expected from the nose, sweet malt is present throughout, and the fruity notes detectable in the nose show up. The subtle hops, however do not seem to make an appearance. The relatively high ABV barely rears its head, just enough to be recognized. Overall very good, yet a little milder than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied despite the appearance. Just enough carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high, this brew truly is a work of art, and the immense effort is not only shown in the astounding packaging, but the taste as well.

Photo of Zimbo
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage Bottle No 082033

Bottled 'real ale' usually disappoints me. Too often it just seems like lifeless run of the mill bottled beer with randomly added yeast just for effect. And the Fullers house style can be rather hard, stern and unrefined to my taste...

But then there's venerable Vintage Ale. Holy Moley...

There's not much thick head despite some fine line heading but it is certainly within the London style of beer. A heady and powerful bouquet which is not at all in your face but oxygenating reveals a treasure trove of flavours. Love that rooty smell as well.
On the palate there is some slight acidity at the start followed by oak, banana and vinous qualities. Full, though the thickness is not at all cloying. Crisp and still youthful.

A quintessentially excellent English ale. Lovely jubbly.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cellar temp into a tall thin glass. The best presentation I have ever seen for a bottled beer- box, "2009 sticker seal" over the cap, and a card explaining the 12 previous vintages. Good looking heavy glass bottle as well.

Poured carefully with one finger of light creamy head. Body is full of medium bubbles rising to keep the head alive, and is flamed orange/bronze hue. Very fine looking indeed, but less head retention than I expected. Possibly the higher ABV is to account for this. Some lacing.

Ahh... the nose is wonderful. English hops greet me from far away, and as I draw close I get a sweet wash of withered hops, toasty caramel malts and more malts. The mixture of these main aromas is like a fine marriage; surprising and refreshing. Swirling the brew adds some head and turns up some bitterness lurking underneath all the sweet. If ever and English ale had an inviting nose, this was it.

Dark (but not porter dark) blend of caramel, toasted malts, toffee and alcohol. The hops are present but minimal, and barely show themselves. As I progress down the bottle some dark fruits make and appearance, and well as more toffee and some biscuit malt. Its getting better as I go. More subtle than I expected. If you love big beers that smack you with big flavors, this won't please. Just like a Jane Austin novel, you must be appreciative of flair and detail to understand and appreciate this old ale.

Prickly carbonation and some alcohol warmth. Let this swirl in your mouth and then the true smoothness will come forward. Excellent mouthfeel and a lasting coating in the mouth. High marks here.

Very good drinkability, but I don't think that this is Fuller's Vintage Ale's highest point. If the alcohol was totally hidden, this beer would be irresistible. The alcohol isn't totally hidden however. The drinkability is still very good, but it doesn't beg you to drink it. It is too proud for that...

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2008 Vintage into a tulip. Dark red in color, nice creamy head sitting on top. Hues of brown, looks stylistically correct.

S: Sweet, sweet malts. Raisins and figs with some white grapes and sweet apples. Has a great bready malt aroma, just reeks of rich malts and dark fruits.

T: Big and malty, some spice. Bready and dark with a good yeasty flavor. Nice apples and raisins, everything pairs together very nicely here. Right on style.

M: Big and full, good viscosity for a 2 year old beer. Carbonation is still dead on.

D: This beer is absolutely delicious. Everything melds extremely well and I am glad that it is an easy find on the shelves here in PA. Nice beer to cap off the beginning of August and the end of Summer!

Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009
Excellent ruby package. Bottle #22815
Goldings hops are promised.
Poured orange red oil ale with bubbly golden 3 finger head, receding slowly, leaving thick laces. Slightly turbid.
Very dense aroma: sweet, toffee, caramel, prunes.
Unfortunately, taste isn't very saturated, but complex: from sweet to fruits (plums and their kindred) then to powerful bitter accord which becomes round and dissolves into mild aftertaste, very spectacular transformation. Surprisingly, palate stays fresh and almost neutral, I have been waited some kind of heavy strike. Drink bravely! But I perceived a lack of matureness, this beer would be better kept on the cellar shelf for quite a few years, I'll try it once more later, sure, it will score more!

Photo of milkbaby9
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage, #142719 of 160000. Enjoyed on 8-24-2010. Beautiful burgundy red display box with card inside detailing the origin of this ale and notes about previous vintages. Nice paper tape seal with gold lettering over the bottle top. 500ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip because I got one and am resisting buying a crystal tulip!

Only produces a 1 finger light tan head that quickly reduces to the merest cap of bubbles even with the bubbles being released by the Duvel tulip etching. Deep red amber color that is very stunning -- initially shows a slight chill haze that disappeared when it warmed up.

Smells of sweetish malt, slightly fruity raisin bread and hint of a vinous aroma. Gets more fruity and wine-like as it warms up. The taste has a sweet malt entry and lightly tart lemony hops and then proceeds to a bit of a winey alcoholic feel. Finishes with a super big, very sweet round malt, fresh bread, yeast, and a drying bitter hops astringency that is struggling to balance out the sweetness.

The aftertaste lasts and lasts, and only a slight roastyness comes through during the long aftertaste. Super long finish of sweet and bitter, the bitterness a tad drying. Carbonation feels low, medium to medium heavy mouthfeel.

At the start, other than the highish ABV, I think I could probably drink 2 bottles of this it's so nice. But about 2/3rds to 3/4ths of the way through, I think this beer is for savoring more slowly than I've been drinking it -- it feels too much, not sure I could take a 2nd bottle. The sweet maltyness lasts too long, it's crazy. A good one to take it slow with and savor which is good considering the retail price ($10).

Very memorable! I have 5 more bottles for the future and am contemplating more. Looking forward to the 2010...

Photo of StephenRich
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"I have crafted this very special ale from the finest Goldings hops, Tripple malted barley and of course our unique yeast to create a truly extraordinary limited edition brew. Individually packaged an numbered, this bottle is one of only one hundred and sixty thousand produced. Although we are obliged to state a best before date of 2012, like a fine wine or whisky this mellow golden ale will improve with age for many more years. This 2009 edition marks 12 years of brewing this magnificent ale. Being bottle conditioned, the beer will form a natural sediment; so pour carefully, sit back, and enjoy this, the very finest of Fuller's ales. " - John Keeling, Head Brewers for Fuller's Brewery.

And in fact, it was bottle number 050155 which I enjoyed thoroughly with my roommate this past weekend. The Fuller's vintage is among my favorite all time bottles, and comes each year in a sturdy red box. The beautiful sentiment above by Fuller's head brewer John Keeling is printed in fine cursive on the back of every box of Fuller's Vintage Ale 2009. It comes out each year near Christmas, and I make sure that I always stock up on several to enjoy for the season, and many more to age in my cellar for years to come. A vintage ale is really a beautiful thing. Each year the brewery comes back to the previous years brew and determines how he can improve upon it, what subtle or extreme modifications can be made, or how can it be more unique and adventurous. Regardless of what the purpose of that specific vintage is, they are all crafted to be enjoyed now, and for many years to come. One of the many jobs of beer drinking is to be able to sit down and enjoy several different vintages of the same beer - ie. enjoying the Fuller's Vintage 2005 through to 2009.

Somehow also, the British definitely know exactly what to do when it comes to the vintage. Maybe its their history of brewing, or the nature of the raw materials which they grow. Regardless of any fact, year in and year out Fuller's produces a Vintage beer which makes my mouth water and drool for days if not more.

The 2009 Fuller's Vintage Ale is 8.5% abv and comes in a 500ml dark and heavy glass bottle. In my humble opinion it is among the most handsome and classy bottles in the world. Beyond that, it does come in a red box as shown here, making it a very unique beer which stands out and commands presence on beer shelves.

The 2009 Vintage pours aggressively as if it has been waiting to be unleashed out of the bottle. It flows smooth but once it hits the glass massive carbonation and life is created which mounts in the heart of the ale and rises to the surface of the beer. The head is creamy and mountainous standing an inch off the beer with an amber bronze tint glowing through a reddish tan foam.

The beer itself is slightly transparent but full amber mahogany, with reps, golds, bronze, and oak shinning through. It shows a slight haze and still much carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Bubbles form everywhere and gently rise to the top supporting the head which will gently recede to a medium film.

The nose is rich with warm malts and toffee, caramel, raisins, prunes, and soft hops. Light fruit lingers on a touch of alcohol and soft oak breaks though the back end. he hops are still there to balance the nose, and also indicate a refreshing bitter to finish this ale.

Once you get into this beer its obvious why they have been brewing it for over 12 years. Its smooth and gentle across your palate showing your tongue just how caramel and toffee flavors can be brought out of malted barley. Its exceedingly fresh and rich in body. The caramel is warm and soft leading into dark fruits, oak, warming alcohol and a touch of spice. Hops jump in at the end with a light citrus and mildly bitter bite. The overall impression of the beer is creamy toffee and soft malts.

It really is quite luxurious. The mouthfeel is elegant, full, gentle and hearty. Its a savory and gently sweet palate pleaser while still able to quench and refresh you in perfect harmony. The balance is really excellent as well - just enough bitter hops exist to subdue the malts, and the bottle conditioning creates a steady carbonation keeping the beer light in but full the whole time.

I expect, like all its predecessors, that it will only improve with age bringing more mellow smooth oak and gentle malt complexity. It should be enjoyed close to cellar temperature around 10 degrees Celsius (50F) and preferably poured into a standard British Pint glass.

It will be excellent with all red meats, roast chicken, turkey, wild game, lasagna, meaty pastas, or even just a baguette and cheese.

Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008, 500ml bottle poured into tulip aug16 2010

A clear amber with plenty of bubbles feeding a short lived thumbs width of head that left a few patches of lace

S plenty of caramel with a pleasant fruity side that's complex enough that I can't single out any one fruit

T some spicy hops on top of what I smell with a little bit whiskey and some earthiness, pretty decent brew going on here but I can't see what further age would do for it, it's drinking well now and is a pretty mellow brew for the strength

M thick as can be, I'd never expect this chewiness from a beer this light in color. the carbonation has a perfect balance with the thick body of the beer. just a slight bite and the booze is nowhere to be found, I can't think of any improvements they could make in this department

D although only the feel blows me away when drinking this beer it's so well rounded and easy to drink for 8.5% I can't help but give high marks here

I've been looking at this beer for a while without trying it, now that I have tried it my curiosity will get the better of me and I don't see the other vintages I have lasting all that long. I love the box this one comes in and can only hope I have the restraint for a 5 year vertical(just need the 2010) wish me luck

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage Bottle No. 115676

Amber colored pour, fingers worth of head, stick and bubbly. Dissipates quickly, but leaves a little bit that stays for the duration.

Malts, sweetness, but hints of tart or mild sour notes, and noticeable yeasty characteristics.

None of the tart and yeast notes show in the taste. Heavy on the malty sweetness. Theres pleasant hops, and more prevalent citrus in the back.

Creamy and smooth, thick medium in body. Excellent.

Good on the drink, but this is something to savor.

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a small beer tasting thanks to nimbleprop, thanks Mac. Bottle is a 2004 vintage.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with less than an inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bready malts, sugar, and a little dark fruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, sugar, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very good old ale that has held up great. Lots of good caramel malts and sweet dark fruits, would love to try again.

Photo of Bung
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008. A cloudy amber/orange pour with carbonation permeating. Solid frothy finger of off white head.

Aroma has some sweet malt, caramel, yellow raisin, brown sugar, fruitcake, cherry some other lighter red fruit likeness.

Flavor has more of the fruits and yellow raisin to balance out the sweet tones. Malt, caramel, toffee. Faint hints of citrus, even fainter hints of herbal pine. Little leathery tinge there with a toasty or slightly woody finish. Tingles a bit with just a tad of warming down the pipe.

It looks like it has bunch of carbonation, but it is creamy smooth. Light medium body, coats the mouth but is not sticky. Easy to drink, easy to like this one.
Excellent.

This is going to be a must stop and pick up in the Detroit area on my way back to NC when I visit Grand Rapids.

Photo of palma
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10 years boxed in my cabinet. 1 day chilling in the fridge.

This is a 2000 vintage, bottle #43870.
Opened in celebration of a recent personal career milestone.

Poured into an elongated snifter glass. The beer is still fully carbonated. Pours a dirty copper body. beautiful smooth yellow/beige color head.

Aroma is much milder than a typical strong ale. Dried apricots, macintosh apple and some very subtle citrus. melted butter comes to mind as well.

light maltiness, caramel and rye bread in the beginning. Middle is tons of fruit. Fig, cherry, apple. Subtle licorish and chocolate flavors also pull through somewhat. The end has an interesting mild hop bite that dissapears very quickly. surprisingly clean afterwards with a late semi-dry finish.

slightly oily mouthfeel is enjoyable. Thinner than expected overall but this is a welcomed surprise. Makes it much more drinkable in my opinion.

A decade has significantly mellowed both the aroma and flavor of this beer.
Undoubtely one of the best beers in the world. And probably my personal favorite, ever.

Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 78199. Helluva beer. Had it stored just on a shelf in my kitchen & only chilled it a couple of days ago. Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, fine bubble, light tan head and good lace. Color is a cloudy, amber brown. Aroma is very malty, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor is like aroma and the alcohol really jumps out. Body is soft, full, creamy, smooth and round including the great carbonation. Finish is like flavor including alcohol. Reminds me of some sherries. Sipping beer. Be fun to try different vintages side by side. Excellent brew. Got this from good friend Ron Kittleson, formerly of La Crosse & now in Seattle. Thanks much, man.

Photo of divineaudio
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

imperial pint into a tulip glass. 2007 edition, bottle number 143547. the presentation of this beer is impeccable.

color is a hazy, dark reddish orange. a dense, two finger, tan head rises to the occasion and settles back to a thin cap. leaves a nice bit of leggy lacing down the sides of the glass.

smells of apricot, cherry, a little biscuity and a little musty. slight hop oil aroma and a bit of alcohol presence. i could sit and sniff this for hours.

taste is amazingly smooth and complex. toasted and carmel malts hit the tongue first followed by a warming bit of alcohol. some bready and fruity notes pop up and mingle with the hops before fading into a spicy, syrupy finish. very luxurious.

fuller side of a medium body with enough carbonation to compensate for the syrupy qualities. very, very smooth. really feels more like drinking a fine port or sherry than beer.

very drinkable, but this is definitely a beer to be sipped and savored. so good that i almost feel bad drinking it. ages very well, and you can bet i'll be saving my 08 and 09 versions for quite a while.

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008. Beer served in a tulip. Beer is dark amber / red and hazy. Forms a huge head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks really good.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Mild earthiness to the whole thing. Aroma is appropriate levels. Smells pretty good.

Beer is thick and quite sweet. Not a lot of bitterness at the back but some caramel notes in the early and midpalate. Minimal carbonation. Tastes good. Drinkability suffers for me, its a little too heavy for me, probably a bad beer to start with. I think it would improve with age (duh). I'd drink it again.

Photo of thepeter
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage from Waitrose

A - Clear copper red. Very bright and pretty in the light. slight head that does not stick around very long

S -SWEET! Butterscotch, caramel malts, some apple and a tiny bit of booze

T - Toasted nutty flavor with some caramel and roasted malt. a bit of fruits (apple and grape) and a nice clean dry finish.

M - Velvety smooth, perfect carbonation and goes down so easy.

D - For it's strength I think this is extremely drinkable and this is a beer I typically split but am drinking alone this time, I am not complaining though.

Photo of yuriruley
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage from my local beer store.

Appearance - cloudy dark color, with not much head.

Smell - smelled primarily like brown sugar to me.

Taste - brown sugars, apples, and molasses, with a good alcohol background

Mouthfeel - was pretty smooth, with a thicker body.

Drink - went down easy, wasn't really noticing the 8.5 %.

Pretty solid beer, every time I see a British beer like this that is a vintage or bottle conditioned I have to try it. So far they have yet to disappoint, they are always very tasty beers. If you see this a bottle of this I'd recommend grabbing it.

Photo of radshoesbro
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

pours a ruddy brown with a frothy off white head that subsides to a nice foam around the edge with patch bubbles all around the top of the beer. there is no lacing.

smells very sweet. candied ginger, molasses, raisins, some alcohol, etc.

tastes of dark fruits with a slight hint of fennel (?). there's no heat, but a cloyingly sweet taste from the alcohol. this is a nice beer and i am glad i bought multiple bottles of it.

definitely not something you're going to slam down at a bar, but very drinkable for the style.

Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this in my collection for a while and finally decided after looking at the day outside todays the day this is the 2008 vintage bottle number 06723,it pours a deep toffee/amber hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head that recedes to a smog of lacing across the top,the smell is a mixture of strong caramel/toffee,raisins,whiskey and alcohol,it has a pleasant syrupy mouthfeel which is like a fine port with tastes of caramel,toffee,raisins,dark fruits and some cherry alcohol heat right at the end but not over the top by any means,its definately a pleasant brew to just kick back with next to the fireplace or on a nice cold night and will continue to buy the new vintage every year.

Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.