Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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93
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1,043 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 82
Gots: 206 | FT: 6
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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited Edition 2005. Bottle No. 55015.

Presentation: Maybe I am a nerd with some kind of conformist fixation but I dearly love the way that Fuller’s package their Vintage Ales. The general style and presentation of these is a high quality libation. The usual high quality purple and cream colored tall box captivates a 500ml brown glass bottle which is embossed on the shoulder and also around the main oval label. A black colored crown cap has a thick cartridge paper seal which has the words ‘Limited Edition 2005’ on it. The main label has the words ‘Fuller’s 2005 Bottle Conditioned Vintage Ale’ and the bottle number (#55015). The reverse label explains the brew in greater depth and confirms that this is indeed Alc. 8.5% Vol. Best Before 2008….rather humble that part of the label I feel.

“95,000 Bottles of the 2005 Edition have been brewed with the finest Fuggles Hops and floor malted Optic malts.”

Appearance: Cracked out my cleanest and most pristine Stone Old Guardian Goblet for this annual treat. Gently rolls into the glass like a fine Brandy, has a very appealing deep ruddy amber-brown with a superb clarity from the initial top-ups. A light tan head soon forms, super fine carbonation is relatively stiff and has longevity, something which was lacking in last years 2004 offering. Head retention is good, occasional slow swirls beef up the ¼” thin but resilient cloth cap which never fades but does break ever so slightly.

Smell: Warm toffee, alcohol and some toasted caramel which has a light acidic tingle. Earthy and rural the nose has a lovely rustic tone.

Taste: High conditioning carpets the tongue and blitzes the mouth with an effervescent explosion of hops and earthy malts. Middle warms whilst the finish has a toasty alcoholic feel, like a good Single Malt it never burns; it just raises the temperature and blood circulation a little. Rich Fuggles are very evident and do a much better job than last years Goldings. The lightly sweet malt exhibits a base-load character, this will see the 2005 Vintage Ale through a few years with little trouble and serve it admirably I am sure. The hops are what attract me though, higher than usual, fresh from the bottle this has a little of the character that I picked up from the Stone Old Guardian 2006 that I had last night. Solid English Strong Ale with a determined hop character that helps to differentiate it from other wannabes.

Mouthfeel: The warming fusel alcohol vapors can sneak up the nose as you swallow and lend a big feel to this one. After the swallow the satisfaction is self evident as I quickly relax and push back in my reclining chair.

Drinkability: The spritzy carbonation carries the flavours through, all the way, and well into the lingering aftertaste. Far from a challenge, the problem is trying not to drink this one too quickly and finding time to savor it properly. Alas, it was soon all gone.

Overall: This has really put me in the mood for my trip back to England in a few weeks time. I always like to get two bottles of the relatively expensive Vintage Ale; one to drink immediately and one to be stashed away for a rainy day some time henceforth. Very good fresh from the bottle and a lovely evening treat. A few years will no doubt add some depth and allow the conditioning to mature but this is good to go right now.

A classic English Strong Ale. It is always worth picking up and stashing away one or more of these if you can. A Perennial favourite - Recommended.

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

(Served in a snifter)
2004 Vintage #83172

A- This beer pours a dark mahogany brown body with a thick head of spongy light tan. There is a strong carbonation that keeps the head going for a bit.

S- The slight smell of red apples comes through on the pour but as I inhale deeply the smell of dark fruit and slightly sweet toasted malt comes through. A hint of toffee and nuttiness comes through as it warms. The wood aroma starts to strenghtness and it is more of a vanilla and aged wood quality than that of strong oak.

T- The taste of lightly toasted malt has notes of wood and faint vanilla in them and they are balanced by a bitter hop finish. There are some faint notes of chocolate malt and some softer fruit but they are not overly sweet flavors. The finish has a very soft vinous quality but it is not very hot in alcohol. As it warms the richness of the malt comes though more and more with a slight note of fresh meduro cigars note. The wood flavors really enhance the malt and the sweetness comes through a bit more.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a chewy texture. No strong alcohol heat or astringency.

D- This is a nice young old ale. I will be interested in trying this after a few years or more. The malt flavors are still distinct and I was surprised to taste so much hops.

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

Vintage: 2004 #77854

This beer pours a gold and cherry amber with a thin head.

Smells of cherries, eucalyptus, barley, bread dough and oats with a little bit of soapiness and a tinge of alcohol. T

he flavor starts light and tingly with some cherries and raspberries and a light pale malt base along with some nuttiness. This then picks up a strong dry oak that proceeds to dominate the rest of the flavor. In this oak, I get some black liquorish and a not unwelcome alcohol. This finishes clean and oaky with some ginger and rye.

The mouth feel is light, clean and a little dense and the light carbonation is sparse.

With the cherry and oaky overtones and the gentle mouth feel, this beer makes for a pretty good slow sipper.

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

Very aromatic sweet malts and fresh baked goods. Rich dark amber color with a pinky thick head. Creamy malt and fruit flavors. I get almond notes, but it is like almond extract as you might find in baked goods more than fresh almonds. Alcohol is noticeable, but only as an amped up sweetness and slightly medicinal/oxidized flavor in the finish. Great sipping beer.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle number 69493.

Appearance: Dark red clear color with a straw yellow to off white head. The head is creamy with great retention.

Smell: Toasty, smokey, with woody oak flavors and a sweet, malty, whiskey barrel taste.

Taste: Wow, the flavor is unique. It opens with dried fruit flavor with lots of raisins and brown sugar. Very sweet and near cloying but it is followed by a big bready malt flavor. Rarely do I taste something so sweet and rich followed by a complex and supple malt flavor. The flavor continues to be slightly vegetal and spicy with vanilla, clove, and slightly chocolatey ending. Simply beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rich with a slightly grainy texture that releases lots of flavor. Very pleasant feel.

Drinkability: All around great with a rare and unique flavor. Nice combo of maltiness and sweetness. Well done.

Photo of cougrclaw
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a 2005 tonight and actually regreted it. I was at a wine bar and wanted a beer, and this was the best option. It was chilled and the first pour was numb. The flavor was very bland and I could tell it needed to warm back up. The second glass gave me some life to find flavor. Very nice bouquet after warming up as well. The third glass was the best. Flavors from all over hit the palete.

Word to the wise. Let the 2005s sit for a good year or three. Dont make my mistake and listen to a Wine bar bartender. Let this one sit and Im sure it will be awesome with some aging.

Photo of counselor
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a ruddy copper color with a thin head. smells rich, malty, dried fruit and tobacco. tastes rich, thick over the tongue with dark fruit, tobacco and leather flavors. well balanced english hop flavors. This is like a decent english ale on steroids. A very nice beer, but not quite worth the specil box/bottle/pricetag.

Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle#67253

Pours amber/bronze with a fluffy white head that drops off to a healthy film.Very light lacing and below average head retnention

Smell: Raisins, dates, brown sugar. oakiness and alcohol dance together nicely

Taste: Huge maltiness, dryness and an oaky& vanilla taste that swings between whisky & sherry. Some hop bitterness lingers on the tounge and throat. Super dry and fruitty finish (dates, raisins& spiciness), plus some alcohol

MF: Silky/chewy and makes me think barley wine although the difference between an old ale and BW is not much. Carbonation almost perfect

Pretty drinkable for the heft. I enjoyed this true winter warmer. Fuller's comes through with another classic!

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

It pours a flinty, orangey golden amber. Two full fingers of egg-white head swell and dip gradually to a velvety froth pillow. Veils of lacing glaze the glass.

The aroma resonates with malted tones of brown sugar, sherry, toffee, and currants, all kept in check by a mellow backdraft of alcohol.

The first taste brings a deep but reasonable sweetness of toasted malt, rife with caramel, light cocoa, mild berries, and cherries. Things dry rapidly to a brut vinous character, itself sliding into a slick bath of warm alcohol. The hops finally make a play toward the close, bittering with a classy, delicate touch, and flowing to a dry, lightly spicy finish. This is a richly blended, grown up beer.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt sweetness clings to the palate, like a slick cream, before it dries to a soft radiant glow.

Mature- that's the word that, for me, best sums up this beer. Like soft, sumptuous leather, it wraps you up and grounds you, and gives an artfully blended dose of earthy goodness. The ABV is big but mixes in with the crowd and transmits a soothing warmth. The one's for the sipping and savoring, a la port and brandy, and each drop is in fine fettle. For those times when I feel like acting as the adult I'm supposed to be, this is one I want to drink.

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

Bottle 89515

Not entirely sure why this breweries beers are rated so highly, to me, they are good, but just that, good. Essentially, they are overrated. This beer comes across with he pedigree of being decent, I contest, damn it! They are merely average. Are we looking at these beers as so drastically different from our locals that we insist on putting them on a pedestal? Granted it is a different continent of brewing, but the beers that cross the Atlantic don't hold a candle to your local beers (with the exception of a few).

Now that my rant is over, beware at $7.00 for a 22oz. bottle.

Photo of sabrills70
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage #49899. Label states best before 2008, but will age many more years. Pours a crystal clear medium brown with lots of ruby highlights. Good 2 finger head with good longevity and very good lace. Big aromas of sherry, dried dark fruit, hints of whiskey and brown sugar. Big malt flavors with sherry like qualities - fruity. Nice lingering hop bitterness but not overpowering. roasted malt flavors come through as well. Very complex as always. Slightly syrupy and warming. I wish I had another 2001 so I could re review it. I was a beginner BA when I reviewd it and it was my first "big" beer. I would not score it as high now as I remember it was not as good as this vintage. I am glad I have 1 more 2005 stashed away for future drinking. Still a bargain at $6.99.

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

Vintage 2004, No. 71992

I am drinking the above referenced 500 mL bottle. The ale is being served pub style, at room temperature in a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: The ale is a nice auburn-orange color. It poured with a nice head and left a surprising amount of lace. The ale is translucent with no visible floaties.

Smell: The ale has a light, hoppy aroma. The overpowering aroma is that of malts, making me look at this ale as akin to a barleywine.

Taste: The malts that I smell in the aroma do not carry into the taste. There is a light malty taste, slightly balanced by an earthy hop flavor. The ale has an interesting taste, very balanced. It tastes nothing like the aroma would suggest. I have a bottle that I intend to age for a few years, maybe take on a new life.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely, the malts linger a bit on the palate, but not so long that they overpower.

Drinkability: A little too high for an English session, this beer is still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005, bottle number 58267
Pours an impressive amber color with a thick, frothy tan head that retains exceptionally for a brew this strong. The aroma is nice and malty; big caramel and fruit (plum, cherry, apple, pear) initially, along with some brandy and port wine, toasted bread, light floral and citrus hops, english yeast, minerals and some alcohol. The flavor also starts out malty with a nice fruit character (figs, plums, raisins, apples, pears, cherries) as well as some brown sugar, mild floral and citrusy hops, esters, minerals, british yeast, mild alcohol and some fine liquor (brandy, congac or scotch). The flavor is complex yet smooth, with light carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is exceptional, as the alcohol is only noticeable by the warming sensation in your throat. A fine old ale from fullers, smooth and complex...very refined like a port wine or brandy.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004, I found this brew while visiting a friend in London. I brough home 2 each 2003 through 2005 for tasting and cellaring. The beer pours a nice ruby red / brown. The aroma has hints of honey and a very enticing malt nose. Taste has hints of oak, raisins, vanilla and chocolate malt.

The mouthfeel is full with a sense that this beer should be enjoyed as a slow experience. Low carbonation, but not syrupy like a Gale & Co vintage ale.

Since I have been introduced to this brew I have since found it in limited availability in MA. I have since expanded my 04's and am looking forward to each year. If you like strong beers and vintage beers like Hardy's I would highly recommend this brew.

Photo of Solomon420
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2005: I may have been spoiled with drinking the 2001 aged bottle a few days earlier, cause this one wasnt as good (obviously). What I mean by that is in the style of an Old Ale, you expect more range in the flavour, and a bit more hoppy taste with the alcohol poking in at the end. But dont get me wrong, this one was very nice to drink for sure. The colour was nice, the taste was fine, and its overall a pleasureable ale to drink. Would go good with some cheese.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage bottle #49597,poured a deep rich copper with some burnt orange tint with a short lasting one finger white head.Aromas of brown sugar and orange marmalade with a hint of caramel,sweet but very pleasingly sweet dark sweet cherries dipped in brandy,brown suger and caramel dominate with just a hint of leafy herbal hop in the finish.The alcohol is a little raw but this bottle is pretty new would love to cellar one and likely will.The 2001 vintage is one of my alltime favorite beers, give this some time and it could reach its standards I believe.

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

Vintage 2005, coming in the attractive red Scotch-style box with the cream-coloured label showing the Fuller's symbol. The back of the box tells more about the 2005 edition. Such attractive packaging, and the bottle I carefully pulled out was No. 28149. The cap is covered with a thin strand of taped-label saying "Limited Edition." Definitely in for something special here--I have wanted to try this beer for a long while. Vintage Ale poured into my glass leaving a good solid tapioca-coloured head, creamy and settling at about 2cm. Islands of lacing clung nicely to the glass. The beer itself is a dark tawny brown-red, and quite clear. Dark honey, with hints or ruby or even light cherry colouration. The aroma is a lovely rum/dark fruit combination, not overpowering, but creamy and balanced. Nice sugar in the form of mollasses and brown sugar, maple syrup and sweet sherry. Figs, celery, black licorice, oak or fresh pine, milk chocolate and raisins. The sweetness is deliciously appetising. The hopping is detectable in the wood notes and lovely tickling sensation the beer gives to the nose. Other notes of cinnamon, black currants, prunes, and a little vanilla. Wonderfully sweet but not cloying aroma for this Old Ale. The taste up-front is powerfully resin-like and sugary. Brown sugar definitely at first, followed by sweet port alcohol warmth, and finishing with a sugary but dry feeling, akin to homemade honey. The body is felt heavily in the middle and even more in the finish: a great chewy and malty viscous tasting brew. More wood tastes in the middle, strong reminiscent of maple syrup and mollasses. Wonderful hop complexity, adding a spicy bittering to the palate. Cherries and nuts in the finish. Sweet all the way through, just as it should be. The gravity can be tasted throughout too, adding some astringent characteristics that warm the mouth and stomach quickly. The long aftertaste has a sweet-bread feel, like cinnamon buns or brown sugar and pecan bread. The more the beer warms, the more the phenols appear in the aroma and the taste. More caramel and honey-style malting as it warms too, like fresh baked bread, or scones with clotted cream and jam. Even sweet whiskey flavours are to be found in here, and definite sherry notes. A wonderful winter sipper. The mouthfeel is heavy, the body full. Low carbonation, syrupy feel. Yet drinkability remains high: there is no off-flavour or overdone meatiness to limit it. I had to try one bottle fresh, but I highly anticipate cracking the other 3 I cellared in a couple of years. Delectable beer. I hope it ages well, and I would love to try some older vintages of the stuff. It went well with double-creme brie, and also havarti cheese. The sharpness of blue cheese seemed to overdo the sweet maltiness though.

Photo of twelvsies
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004. This one isn't nearly as good as the 1998 I had a few weeks ago. I guess that goes without saying, but I was curious so I had to try. This isn't a bad beer by any means, it's just very young and active whereas the 1998 is mellow in every way. This is a great beer to show people what aging really can do.
It's got the same ruby red hue to it as the older versions, but there's more noticable carbonation in little bubbles throughout the beer. Smells of fruity malts and alcohol, with some more fruity esters floating around. Taste is big cherries right up front, with the same fruityness as in the scent, with still a big kick of alcohol and and yeasty, toffeeish taste. Good, but since I see where this beer can go it needs a little time to settle. The biggest difference was that the mouthfeel was nowhere near as pillowy and smooth as the 98. I'm definately going to try to stockpile these and see what happens.

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

2004 edition. Pours a frosty amber with slight carbonation and head. Smell is of caramel, sugar, and toffee.

Has a light mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. taste is of caramel malts and sugar. Taste is quite good, although the palate presence is a bit lacking. A solid brew, but not what I was expecting.

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

2005 vintage, bottle #69408.

Pours a clear very deeply bronze colored ale with even a decent head despite the alcohol level.

Smell is very spicy and very full of herbal hop scents. Chocolate and cinnamon aromas are nicely strong. Scents of vanilla, cherry, grapes, plums, brown sugar and raisin are carried on the alcohol fumes. Lesser scents are tobacco and leather aromas.

The taste is very malty and full with a good solid herbal bitterness on the back end for a start. Pleasantly warming to the stomach. As this gets warmer more and more complexity comes out. After the initial taste this becomes mildly sweet and caramel and brown sugar flavor become stronger. There is a good long lasting hops after taste to this that is very herbal almost medicine like. Good flavor but it isn't as good as the smell.

Mouthfeel is good and full almost syrup.

Nicely drinkable but at it's price I won't be doing that on a regular basis. Tasty and very aromatic this is an ale you should try.

Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage, still seems a bit young with room to develop. Poured a surprisingly bright cola amber for a bottle conditioned beer. Brown sugar, sweet malt and a rather cutting alcohol edge. Finished with the barest touch of vinious tannin. An old school old ale that I'd like to see a bit more age on and see what happens.

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

I had a 2004 vintage # 75579 The presentation is fantastic in this beautiful collectors box and inside is a unique 18.6 oz brown pint bottle. It looked very light while pouring, but it sits in the glass at a coppery transparent color. Huge head! I got like four fingers of head in my oversized Victory pint glass. Significant lacing. It has a great smell of gentle port. Hint of sweet fruit like a tangerine, then grapes. As it warmed the smell got to a darker fruit like raisins or figs. It makes me think of wine. (?) The taste is fantastic but pretty straight foreword. Extremely malty flavor with hints of dark fruit, and gentle on the taste buds. It is so soft on the taste bud I can't imagine anyone saying it tastes bad; even if it is not there preference. The mouthfeel is amazing (so much so I consider it a highlight of this beer). If I had not poured it myself I'd have thought it was on-cask. It is the creamiest feel. This is full bodied but light and frothy. One of the most gentle creamy mouthfeels I have ever experienced. Each sip you just want to last forever; it just feels right! It is fantastically drinkable. It’s so pleasant in the mouth that I would anticipate the next the next sip; yet it is a beer that can't be rushed. It is too pleasant to rush through. In other words it is worth the money. Someone complained it was $6 a bottle. I only wish I lived in that state. In PA its $9 a bottle and WELL worth the money.
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EDIT:
In fact I went back and bought three more to age for another year.
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Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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

2004 vintage has been sitting in my basement for awhile. #91902 (not sure why i'm compelled to post that. seems relevent). i stupidly tried to fit the whole bottle in my pint glass, which of course was always an impossibility, so the head didn't have much room to roam, but it did well. not exactly billowy, but tight and persistent

during the pour all i could think of was how much like wine this smelled, but i don't seem to get it from the beer in my glass. rich malt aroma, toffee. toffee flavors follow, with nutty and slight dried cherry notes

the color is very similar to that of the mad elf i just tried. clear red, but with a more coppery tinge. after the initial pour, not much visible carbonation but still a fairly spritzy feel

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

Vintage Ale 2005, bottle #10606

It's 8pm, -8 degrees celcius & there's 10 cm of snow of the ground in Barrie....i'm very glad that i chose this beer tonight.

Pours deep amber with a nice foamy off-white head. A lighty spiced nose with hoppy notes and a pinch of fruit. The taste is gentley sweet with hop traces. A nice sponge toffee characteristic is here and lingers nicely. Mild spice, maybe some orange zest as well. Medium bodied. A nice chewiness to the beer brought on by the sweet caramel & molasses and alcohol kick. Warm, sweetn spicey finish with a mild hop trace. This is the perfect beer for a winter eveing. A nice sipper. Great alcohol warmth on the finish. Good complexity. I enjoyed it thuroughly.

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

No difference in score from my last review. Thiis bottle, # 47498 has been aged for about a year. Please see my last review....

This has mellowed considerably. Still a scotch ale feeling to it, but much smoother and no alcohol feeling. Good amber brown appearance with an ever so slight off-white head.

Tastes malty, with winey and whisky hints. Hops not easily detectable. The taste is mellow and smooth. Not your typical ale. An enjoyable brew, fit for sipping on a quiet winter's evening.

Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.