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Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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1,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 90
Gots: 233 | 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:
Beer added by: Murph on 02-20-2002

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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Photo of JDV
2.18/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

'05 bottle shared by chadspivey
Pours a clear copper color with light offwhite head. Very strong fruity, cherry to strawberry candy like smell to it. Reminded me of the hard strawberry candies with the gooey centers. Taste, however is quite mild and bland with some fruity maltiness . Not too offensive, some guazy flavors and super tame, I thought.

Photo of iceball585
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy cream color head that lowered very slowly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Caramel malts, dark fruits, creamy, faint citrus hops smell

T- Raisens, creamy, toasted grains, nutty, earthy, flowery hops bitterness

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy, fairly dry and oily finish

D- Worth trying

I wasn't overly impressed by this beer. My bottle was a Vintage 2007 (No 02876) so it didn't have much time to age. I would like to try this beer after it has had more time to age and mature.

Photo of throwitallaway
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a snifter. Amber color. Big head that dissipates to a small layer of foam. Aroma of caramel, plums, a little spice and alcohol. Taste of caramel, spice, and alcohol. Black licorice on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Ultimately there's too much alcohol in the flavor profile for me, making this an okay beer.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No. 94661 of the 2006 bottling. Christmas gift a few years back.

Pour: attractive mahogany amber color under an inch of off-white foam with good lacing in my tulip.

Nose: grassy, herbal English hops, honey, biscuity dry malts

Taste: alcohol is surprisingly present right up front, mixing with minty hops, sweet honey and dark fruits, with a lasting gassy, slightly bitter finish.

Feel: relatively light and bubbly with a somewhat boozy, nose tingling finish.

Drinkability/Overall: A finely made Old Ale, not too complex, but hits all the right notes with a traditional English flare, though surprisingly boozy for only 8.5%.

Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle copped from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton...
"Number 120645 out of 150000"...
An aggressive pour yielded an enormous, hefty head that exhibited impressive staying power and lots of lacing with a dark-amber colored-hue...
Nice aroma balanced out by a wonderful combination of hops and malts with nice vanilla and caramel nuances...
Taste complemented the smell, with strong caramel, hops, grains, vanilla, strong sugars, honey, florals, cinnamon, and slight hazlenut... Overall, a very complex taste for an Old Ale, bursting with various flavors that really hit home... A very traditional-style, yet flavorful beer that packs a punch with the 8.5% ABV...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel and a fine level of drinkability contribute to make this an all-around great choice...

Photo of rallison
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why the hell not? Let's see how this 05 bottling is doing.

Pours a very beautiful reddish brown color with a 1 finger white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Very nice!

Smells is of caramel, touches of molasses and dark fruits.

First taste is very smooth. Lots of darker fruits here with a definite caramel and toffee maltiness. Hops are very mellow, but do play a part. Touches of red wine. Slight oxidation. Altogether, tasty.

Mouthfeel has low carbonation but works nicely.

Drinkability is good overall.

Recommended. I actually bought this one recently - so it may not have been stored well - but it was enjoyable. If the 05 batch is faring like this in general, I only see it doing downhill from here. With that said, it is still doing pretty well right now and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

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

2006 vintage, bottle 63496

A - pours clear, good looking rosy red colour, seems quite carbonated, lots of fast moving bubbles. Seems to be holding a thick cap, lacing is already quite evident just from swirling the glass.

S - fruity caramel malt, some earthy qualities as well

T - rum-soaked, candied cherries collide with some earthy hops to start, biscuit at the end, lingering finish combines everything and brings in some leather notes

M - sticky in the mouth to start, but finish is somewhat wet. Full body adds weight and depth to the flavour. Lively carbonation is relatively soft and does not interfere with the enjoyment. Alcohol sensation is quite smooth, and is little more than an afterthought slowly warming in the throat.

D - A very fine old ale, it's not mind-blowing, but still thoroughly enjoyable

I have enjoyed most of the Fuller's products I've come across, and this is no exception. A finely crafted product that despite it's 8.5% alcohol, would likely not appeal much to the Extreme beer fan. The key here is balance and sophistication.

That being said, it doesn't hold a candle to the sample I had a couple night's ago of Rudge's 2006 Burleywine!

Photo of Hophead101
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing Fullers Vintage year 2005.

Was excited to try this beer. The packaging sure gets an A+. Pulled out of fridge and let it warm up for 10 minutes or so. Poured into a chalice glass. The head was thin and bubbly, not all too impressive. It was a nice brownish copper color. The smell was strong and malty - not a lot of hop in the smell - but pleasing smell overall.

The taste was ok. I expected a little bit more. It was not too strong and had a relatively balanced taste. There was no specific flavor or taste that overpowered the palate. Overall, it was a decent beer. It did get better as it warmed up.

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

2007 Vintage. Pours a crystal brown that teeters between red and orange. Soft white head that lingers and plenty of carbonation. Faint earthy hops in the smell blended with caramel, almonds, toasty grain, and sweet dough.

Taste has a bit more going for it. Caramel has a greater presence along with a huge helping of fresh honey. The hops are much more noticeable as there is a lingering earthy bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol warmth is noted but the bitterness from the hops makes for a nice dry finish. Incredibly smooth and easy to go. Very balanced for such a high alcohol beer. I think I would prefer it fresh as the low alpha hops are really showing right now and I'd hate to see this beer lose that character.

Oh yeah I get green apples too.

Photo of GreenCard
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10th Anniversary (2007) bottle #67387...

Appearance: thick layer of off-white frothy foam, great head retention, copper, great clarity

Aroma: rich caramelly toasty malt, hint of sherry, woodsy hops

Flavor: deep malt sweetness with hints of burnt caramel, leather, mandarin marmalade, peppery alcohol and herbally hop flavor; mellow bitterness only slightly offsetting the malt punch; finishes semisweet with a lingering maltiness

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, soft texture, warming

Other comments: This is a well-crafter ale that would be REALLY great to cellar for a good, long while. Perhaps 5-6 bottles to taste over a period of 10 or so years.

Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage (bottle 75089), 16.9 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a thin and fizzy head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is lots of sharp vinous alcohol with some dark fruits and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and dark fruits with a noticeable alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent strong ale, but a little too harsh on the alcohol and sweetness for me.

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

2005 vintage. dark orange with a light tan head that fades quickly and leaves just a little lace... pretty much what old ales do. nose and taste are very similar. rum soaked raisins, orange marmelade, some leather, sweet and slightly smokey/oaky, and a faint hop character that managed to hold itself together. this bottle at least is very clean and unturned tasting. nice medium full body. minimal syrupy character that old ales often have. great warming finish. not as complex as an old thomas hardy's, but delightful and much easier to drink.

Photo of dacrza1
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is embarrassing...having shelved this for a special occassion, I missed opening this for my wedding, grad school graduation, my novel's completion and the birth of my first son... and now it's five years past its prime! Oh well, here goes... extreme fruitiness, almost lambic in approach--fear of vinegration after seven years? light brown body with a rich, creamy head that holds strong... lacing is like cirrus clouds...creamy and slightly effervescent palate--a bit smooth; plays softly on the back of the tongue...grapes and citrus sweets...balanced...a bit warm at the finish, but not at all harsh...a bit sour in patches too...8.5 per cent alcohol! attacks late, but evens out... this aged beyond the expectations of what should have been...worth the wait, even if only for a casual evening at home celebrating only the end of a week's work!

Photo of goochpunch
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. Bottle #119947

Pours out a glowing orange sucker with loads of fat bubbles climbing towards the head that sits billowing over the rim of the glass. Really hot alcohol hits the nose first off. Underneath is honey, white raisins, earthy hops, and what seems to be an odd banana-esque phenolic (?) edge. Flavor kicks off with a sweetness that tastes like a half-and-half mix of honey and simple syrup. Very delicate malt taste. The esters bring a good deal of fruitiness: white grape, green prickly pear, fuji apple, and pear. There is a touch of alcohol warmth which lends a spiciness to this. With the combination of alcohol and apple, this kind of reminds me a bit of calvados. Hops lay pretty well low, but off a soft finishing bitterness and some floral and herbal tones. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Just a touch sticky. Drinkability is solid, but I kind of wish this came in a smaller serving.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10th anniversary. 8.5% ABV. No. 121205, Best Before 2010. Clear, reddish copper color, thick off-white foamy head. Head trickles to a thin layer after a minute. No lace.

Ripe fruits, esthers, a bit of toffee, and mineral-like aroma. A soft citrusy edge at the end.

A bit sweet in the front with some caramle and a bit of ripe fruit. Mineral flavors, then finishes very dry. Some earthy bitterness, maybe a hint of citrus.

Full, almost creamy body stands out immediately. SOme warming alcohol. Finishes so dry. This must need a bit of age to be effective for me.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage. Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer (from ratebeer) for bottle #50165. Served at cellar temps. Aroma is light bready malts, light orange hops, and light doughy yeast. as well as red whine, raisin, raspberry, and ginger. Pours a hazy toasted amber-brown. Taste is of date and is nearly a Madera/Brandy mix. It is very rich and savory. Goes down creamy and slightly fizzy with a strongish alcohol warming on the end. Great beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006. Bottle #70785 Sampled 12-6-2006

Pours a dark amber with some ivory head. Nose is nicely hopped, but not overdone or overpowering. Slight citric scents present also. Flavor is smooth. If there were one beer you were going to call "fine beer", this would be it. Beautifully aged, you can tell by the flavor that time was taken with this one. Slight bit of a sweet edge that comes and goes quickly, as does a slight alcohol taste as well. Feel is thick. Borders on syrup qualities, but yet again is not overdone. Easy to drink off flavor, but not off texture. This is one to sip and enjoy for a time. I don't think you could go faster than that if you wanted to.

Overall a beautiful production. How often is it that a brewery can manage to make something so visually appealing through packaging and deliver such a big hit with the goods inside? I'll be looking for more of these after I move within the next month or two (I got this one when I was out of state). I will also be eagerly awaiting all future releases.

2004. Bottle #85580 Sampled 1-30-2008.

Pours a clear darker amber wiht firm brown hues. Fairly thin off white head forms and falls. When I first popped this one, I got a whiff of something and thought someone had put sherry in my beer. Unfortunately, there wasn't much left to give when I took a sniff of my glass. Flavor has some minor caramel tones. The alcohol is noticeable, but it gives a nice burn. Almost like I was sipping on bourbon. Mild earth tones and wood on the back side. Feel is smooth, but the liquid is thick. Not a detracting feature though. Very nice to drink, but the scores reflect the 2006 I had, so for this one knock off .5 for both taste and drinkibility. It's the alcohol. Just a wee bit too much.

Photo of ByTor2112
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005
Poured to my Aventinus glass. A very nice clear brown almost bronze color, like a weak Brown Ale, I was expecting a ruddy or cloudy appearance but this was clean.
Aroma- malty, white grapes?, not fruity but another sweetness and very faint whiff of alcohol.
Mouthfeel-malty with a light hop profile that was probably a little more pronounced when young. Good solid ale flavor, almost like a Strong or an Old ale. I was expecting something heavier maybe, but I am NOT disappointed. Solid no-nonsense ale here and it was very tasty for 8.5%. This would pair well with beef, chicken and a darker fish like salmon.

Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It's warm with a wonderful sweet malt aroma. It has a nice fig/fruity aroma as well. The taste is great! It has a warm and velvety feel with loads of malt complexity . It's got a tremendous burnt toffee flavor that warms on the way down. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's probably one of the most drinkable old ales I've tried. It's full flavored and easy drinking even at 8.5%.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this vintage up at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA.

Vintage 2004

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance - It produced a 1/2 inch head that dissipated to a thin halo. It has a hazy caramel amber color.

Smell - It has the scent very similar to cherry cough syrup - very medicinal. It also has notes of toffee and cocoa powder. There is a sweetness that is very closely tied to the toffee scent.

Taste - There is a huge smell/taste disconnect with this beer. It tastes nothing like it smells. It tastes almost like wine mixed with beer - there are grape notes, but there are distant floral hops, and there is a chocolatey flavor mixed with caramel-like malt. Strange, but oh so tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. It has a low carbonation level. It isn't oily or sticky in the mouthfeel, it is almost watery.

Drinkability - This brew is easy to drink down for it 8.5%ABV. It has a great taste and scent, even if they are completely different from one another. I can't wait to see what the other vintages I own taste like.

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

2012 Vintage, Bottle #17171, opened March 21, 2015.

Honey-like sweetness, still a bit boozy.

2011 Vintage, Bottle #091556, opened July 17, 2013.

Still some great hopping here, with a pleasant underlying marmalade sweetness. Really great.

2011 Vintage; Bottle #23557. Opened March 17, 2012
[Estate Malt, Golding, First Gold and Sovereign hops]

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, light retention, great lace.

S: Earthy, grassy, fruity (pear, mango, orange rind) aroma.

T: Biscuity malt is somewhat nutty, without as much caramel flavour as usual. Some sponge toffee. The hopping is really nice (grassy, earthy, orange-rind). Modest bitterness and alcohol warmth. A little more buttery diacetyl than usual.

M: Moderate body is very smooth with an off-dry finish.

D/O: Relatively fresh, this seems a little more hop-forward and I really like it. The best one I've had in a while, if not the best ever.


2010 Vintage; Bottle #044197. Opened March 1, 2012
[Golding & Fuggle; dry-hopped Golding & Target]

I find this one is still a bit young and boozy. Nice amount of hopping, though I'm not a big fan of grassy flavour from the Target.


2009 Vintage; Bottle #039385. Opened Feb 28, 2012.
[Golding hops]

This is drinking really nice right now. Nice amount of Golding hops, fruitiness is a bit tropical, light caramel sweetness, alcohol is really subtle. Very similar to their Golden Pride, and one of my more recent favourites.


2008 Vintage; Bottle #02961. Opened June 19, 2010.
[Marris Otter, Challenger & Northdown]

A: (3.5) Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, initial lace.

S: (4) Sweet caramel, candied fruit, brown sugar, citrus rind & slightly grassy. Alcohol is certainly apparent. The hop aroma isn't traditional British like previous years.

T: (4) Sweet caramel, grass & rind, great fruitiness, balanced bitterness, slight alcohol warmth, would probably benefit from some more time in the cellar.

M: (3.5) Moderate body has a light residual sweetness with a drying alcohol finish.

D: (4) A decent drinker.


2008 Vintage, Bottle #03863 opened March 5, 2012.
The hopping was modest, but it's holding up in this one. Alcohol warmth has diminished, I'd say this one has benefited from a little more time.


2007 Vintage; Bottle #01042. Opened January 23, 2008.
[Marris Otter, Fuggles, Target and Super Styrian hops]

A: (4.5) Bronze with a light tan head, some retention, great lacing.

S: (3.5) Dark fruit, earthy citrus, bready/biscuity malt and pleasant fruity esters.

T: (4.5) Dark fruit, metallic earthyness, citrus, bready/biscuity malt, assertive bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M: (4.5) Moderate to full body is smooth, slightly creamy; slight hop acidity; fairly highly carbonated for an old ale (and a British one at that).

D: (4.5) Very drinkable for its strength.


2007 Vintage; Bottle #34530. Opened Nov 23, 2011

Strangely, the alcohol seems to have come forward in this one. The hopping & bitterness are still quite nice, with a light caramel sweetness. It has certainly held up, but I can't say I like how it has developed with age. I think this vintage was better fresh.


2006 Vintage; bottle #64274. Opened Feb 7, 2007.
[Floor malted Optic, Fuggles and Super Styrian hops]

A: (4.5) Copper-amber; off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: (4.5) Earthy-orange citrus, minerals, fruity (pear, pineapple & nectarine), caramel, cotton-candy, bread & hints of nut.

T: (4.5) Orange zest & earthy minerals; light caramel, bread, slight fruit flavour (cotton candy & figs). Slight residual sweetness upfront is overpowered by the bitterness in the finish (good balance that's drinkable). I'd prefer a little more fuggles & a little less goldings, but that's just my taste. Looking at my previous notes, it looks like they may have increased the Goldings. Otherwise, it's definitely improved over the last two years.

M: (4.5) Moderately full body, some residual sweetness but finishes dry. Carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: (5) Exceptional considering the strength!

The Alcohol is way more subtle than the previous two years. I really enjoy this one.


2005 vintage; bottle #08238. Opened June 18, 2010.
[SMaSH: Optic malt & Fuggles]

This is my second last one, and it's "Best before end 2008", so it's about time I had it!

A: (4.5) Copper-bronze with a fluffy off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: (4.5) After 5 years there's still plenty of fuggle hops in the nose, dark fruit and caramel. Definitely some alcohol here!

T: (4) Still some good hop flavour. Figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, sweet bread, a little biscuit, modest bitterness allows the sweet malt to come through. Alcohol is warming.

M: (3.5) Moderate body has a light residual sweetness, with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: (4) It's good, but not my favourite vintage.

Photo of bditty187
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 Vintage; bottle #90477

Served at cellar temperature.

It pours a wonderful bright crimson in hue; perfectly ruby when backlight. I also notice how strikingly clear the fluid is; in other words no yeast. I thought Vintage Ale wasn’t filter, clearly (ha! what a pun) I was misinformed. Off-white head, at the apex the foam was almost two fingers tall. Head retention was excellent, a soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was spotty but noticeable. Overall, the appearance is excellent.

Disappointing nose. Buttery notes in the distance, kind of fruity and sort of malty. I can’t detect a trace of the 8.5% ABV. The nose is shockingly lame; no complexity, no invitation to take a sip. I am baffled by the overall lack of aroma. Average... at best.

The palate is nominally livelier than the nose, for what that is worth. Moderately malty, sort of sweet with some fruitiness and a kiss of bitterness; sadly there are also metal undercurrents. The aftertaste is a condensed version of the palate; it packs a little life but some odd “moldy” jam fruitiness. Really there isn’t much going on here, there are no attributes that standout enough for me to say I can taste them individually. I feel like a rookie writing this review but, hey, there is just nothing to say.

Medium in body, low carbonation; the mouthfeel is noticeably thin and uneventful.

Overall, this is beer is quite average. How can 1845 rock so much while Vintage Ale is so lame? Is my bottle “old?” Mistreated? I have kept it in my cellar for a couple years but I fail to remember where I purchased it; Missouri I would guess. I am quite bummed but if I see another bottle I might considered trying it again as Fullers is an excellent brewery and this beer seems out of character for them.

Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml boxed bottle bought from Sainsburys... 2007 vintage...

Poured a nice rusty copper colour. Light creamy tan head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to light coating with thick edging... no carbonation whatsoever... some very faint lacing...

Aroma - Spicy sticky fruits (orange marmalade, raisins, pears, apples), toasted bready / biscuity maltiness, sweet almond nuttiness, lots of grainy alcohol notes, oaky traces, grassy and peppery, some floral notes.... all slightly subdued...

Taste – This is a bit more like it if a little rough round the edges... lots of warming alcohol soaked fruitiness (definitely some orange marmalade / peel, figs, apples, lightly toasted caramel malts, floral honey, lots of peppery hop bitterness cuts nicely through the malts, mixed spices, some light pine notes, light earthiness.... could definitely do with some age to soften the harshness and meld all the flavours together...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little sharp bite just coming through... medium / full bodied... a pretty quaffable brew for 8.5%...

Overall - A pretty good old ale that could definitely do with a couple of years in the cellar.... still definitely worth trying fresh though...

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a good warming beer to ward of a cold day (and a cold for that matter). This Vintage is fresh (07). It pours with a fair sized head, good retention and lacing. Has a clear orange color.

Smells of alcohol, lots of fresh fruits, earthy hops and pale malt to balance.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lots of warming alcohol, hoppy, fruity and a good clean malt bill. Another great beer from Fuller's.

Photo of MAB
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't add a lot of descriptions that haven't already been done under this listing previously--suffice it to say that they are accurate and this is, indeed, a beer worth seeking out.

My bottle says Vintage 2007 but does that mean that it was brewed ten years ago? All of the labeling seems to imply that it is already ten years old, but I'm not so sure.

Whatever; ten years or one year, this is a damn fine brew!

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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