Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage AleBeer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale
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Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage AleBeer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fuller's Brewery in London has been producing some of the UK's finest ales since the mid-19th century. Together we created a new recipe for an Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale---a robust beer, perfect for aging, and brewed with plums for a touch of rich fruit flavor that both mimics and enhances the natural yeast-driven aromas.

Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

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Ratings: 296 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of trevorpost
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada/Fuller's Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale

Beer Camp Across the World 2017 7/12

A: This collaboration with the living legend English brewery pours a deep blood orange color, edging toward tequila sunrise. It is fairly cloudy, and the sandy head is minimal even on a hard pour. Lacing is surprisingly good, however, and carbonation seems high. The lack of clarity hurts it a bit, but perhaps that is attributable to the plum addition. It is a nice-looking beer otherwise and a gorgeous color. 3.5/5

A: Candied apricot and peach, grapes, raisins, orange marmalade on toast with honey, lightly sweet tobacco, and, of course, plum are all present. Some prune comes in tandem. It comes off as both earthy and fruity, but there is very little hop character whatsoever, a shame since the beer comes across a bit unbalanced as a result. 3.5/5

T: Here, the beer comes close to making up for the somewhat lacking aroma with earthy and floral hop flavors, subtle bitterness, and even more earthy sweet tobacco in addition to the dried fruit, marmalade, and honey of above. Artificial fruit snacks and natural fruit leather come to mind. A very light accent of bovine leather is also present, a welcome complexity. The aftertaste brings floral hop bitterness and a lightly drying character. Ultimately, it is tasty but unremarkable. 3.5/5

M: The texture is full and creamy with just enough soft carbonation. It dries out well, and there is a stickiness that is characteristic of some higher alcohol beers. No alcohol heat is present at all, though, which is impressive st 8.5%. This is the highlight of the beer. 4.25/5

O: Ultimately, this collaboration falls short of the original that inspired it, Fuller's Vintage Ale. As with most other art forms, the classics are classics for a reason, and the old, tired adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," rings all-too-true. On the one hand, the too-present plums feel unnecessary, but on the other, this needed to differentiate itself from Fuller's own beer somehow. Plums just do not seem like the best or the most natural choice. It is a fine beer, but there is little special or remarkable about it, and one questions if it really needed to be made. Pair with Jay-Z and Kanye West's titular Watch the Throne project, "Watch the Throne." 3.25/5

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear brownish amber. Mouthfeel is sharp but malty. Fruity flavor and... licorice? Not much aroma, but some nose of canned purple plums. Dark malt, a musty finish, and the aftertaste gets a little bitter. Caramel and a hint of raisins and a touch of soap. This is interesting, at least, and one of the best from the 2017 Beer Camp, a gimpy litter to be sure.

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

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a variety 12-pack $23.99 from Tamuras
Sweet smell, reminds me of pixie candy
Cloudy orange-brown color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
High carbonation
Taste of plums, caramel, malts
Overall nice to try, but one of my least favorites in the 12-pack.

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Photo of heerboth
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really love these collaboration brews, especially ones with some story or history. This one is an orange-amber colored brew with a thin white head. The aroma is almost winey, with some fruit and a bit of dry grain. The taste has a warmth, yeast, pale malt, and spice. Intense and satisfying...interesting and fruity. It is good for what it is, but it isn't luxurious, it doesn't wow you, it isn't exceptional. Nice, but not great.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 4/13/17

A- pours a dark amber color with a one-finger creamy white head that reduces to leave just a ring around the edge

S- definitely some plumb aroma up front with some malty sweetness, otherwise muted overall

T- sweet plumb up front is prominent, followed by undertones of caramel, citrus tartness and sweet malt. The finish has some spicy yeast, as well as some apple notes on the linger

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy, almost chewy finish

O- a hearty brew that is simple in taste, but very drinkable. The plumb really comes through

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My the aroma is quite tight on this one. In time the plum comes through and it's pleasant and a little sweet. But the base beer is hard to fine. Very soft malt.
Nice dense off-whitehead with good stamina. Dark golden to amber with a bit of cloudiness.
Interesting taste. The plum is quite sweet offering an almost soda like quality but the base ale is not thus balancing the sweetness some. This settles down in time. Hit of bitterness and dryness towards the finish. Clear hop flavor in the mix as well. I think it works nicely. Soft graininess.
Feels thinner than I expected and more carbonation too, but in the finish it feels about right, but the journey there seems not quite right.
Interesting mix and noble experiment from one of my favorite breweries.

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

Photo of Burt
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/7...pours deep copper amber, almost becoming reddish. Foam settles away. Malty, English pale nose. Ever so slight hint of dark fruit. Jammy malt. Fruit envelops the yeasty malt and squeeze through. Kind of a puckering bitter to close. Interesting.

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Photo of Beejay
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Medium brown in color with a large light tan head.

S: Light plum and fruit.. with some interesting yeast English yeast character.

T: Huh. Not what I was expecting. Some plum, with a little booze, and perhaps a little bit of a soapy flavor... interesting.

M: Medium in body, with loads of carbonation.

O: Perhaps better suited for aging....

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Photo of DIM
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was very excited to try this, wish I had one to age. This comes across as Fuller's Vintage with intensified dark fruit. The fruit addition brings welcome depth and sweetness. There is excessive leafy bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of sonofliberty2
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself has a nice clear medium orange brown amber color that is fairly uninspired but still looks well done.

The smell is good while the taste is very good and interesting. The smell has some strong plum notes with a nice mix of caramel malt note to it. The hop note is a bit earthy and flowery but frequently gets lost in the rest of it. The taste has a really nice strong plum note with the caramel coming in right underneath it. The hop note is a bit more consistent in when it makes its appearance and a bit more bitter too.

The feel is goo d. It's a heavy body beer with a smooth feel and minimal carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good beer and one that would definitely have aged well.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 4/13/17.

A: Pours an iced-tea amber color with a couple fingers of tan head. Head faded into a thin but lasting film and soft collar. A network of wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Sweet and musty fruit nose with notes of plum, raisin, leather, slight booze, subtle citrus, and sweet candied fruit. Hints of roasted grain and toast as well.
T: Toffee, plum, and toast up front followed by caramel, vanilla, citrus juice, and musty wood. Touch of booze mixed in but the beer isn't hot. Hints of fruity yeast notes in the finish and subtle cocoa, tobacco leaf and spice in the aftertaste.
M: Full body, smooth mouthfeel, with very soft and fluffy carbonation. Booze is warming but not sharp. Thick and warming but drinks well. Tons of frothy carbonation.
O: A complex blend of flavors that all work very well together. Great dark fruit presence mixed with musty and malty old ale flavors.

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Photo of Griphon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

a tad safe like they all are in this box, and a bit too hoppy like most of them are as well, but its a really tasty beer, fullers can obviously do no wrong, and i really dig this! the plums seem somewhat minimal to me, maybe a hint of tang for the skins that goes with the lightly oxidized english yeast, and maybe a little flash of the sweet flesh, which i think plays up some of the malt depth in the flavor, but this is not a fruity beer in any way at all, used smartly here to highlight certain aspects without flavoring it much. i like how malty it is, almost mineral driven as much as grain, like baby barleywine or something, very fullers, and i dig that. the yeast seems like their contribution as well, old worldy and fully flavorful. i sure wish there wasnt this bitter hop aspect, it is more frustrating here than in any other beer in the box, but it doesnt ruin it. this beer has so many layers, is super complex, and hits the mark pretty well for me. more fullers than sierra, which is not really true of any of the others i have had so far, i bet this will age well, but i have to drink mine...

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Photo of Rammed96
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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