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

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 324 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A slightly hazy amber-orange color with a thick and long-lasting white head. The plums were front and center on the aroma. A pleasant and bright fruity presence that was met with nice floral notes and a slightly sweet malty presence. The plums also led the charge on the palate, but were restrained and again met with a hefty dose of caramel, toffee, and bread. There was a subtle floral presence, presumably from the English yeast. Smooth, nearly full-bodied, and soft on the finish. I'm glad that I sat on this one for a year.

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

Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a darker golden brown body, one finger white head, short retention, bit of lacing. Smell is raisins, dark fruit, light caramel, a bit of toffee. More raisins. Flavour is heavy on the raisins, fairly heavy on the dark fruit. Hefty caramel, a bit of toffee, a bit earthy with a touch of mineral and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, fairly decent carbonation. Slightly prickly, a bit of bitter earth and touch of floral notes.

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Photo of Slarson7
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of california_republic
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark amber with thin head that disappears quickly and not too lacy. Doesn't look bad, but it just doesn't look unique or special.

Smell: The hops are not what gets me first, rather I smell some caramel malt and not much else. I can't blame the beer too much because I've had this sitting around in the fridge for over half a year.

Taste: Misleadingly bright and fruity for such a malty nose. Peach, apricot, plum, basically stone fruit rounded out by a little bit of orange at the end. Very sweet, tasty.

Feel: Boozy and bitter but also rather light on the palate, which is a bit surprising since I'd expect a strong ale like this to linger.

Overall: I'm not totally sure what they were trying to go for here, but it lands somewhere between an IPA and a porter except they could have done better on both fronts. It's not a bad beer and the collaboration with Sierra Nevada still puts it above average for craft, but it's not a meticulously crafted masterpiece like Sierra Nevada's regulars. It goes great with food that has some brightness to it and the ABV is great for getting a buzz going at the end of a long week but this beer rightfully belongs in an experimental sampler pack rather than any brewery's main rotation.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, dark and amber with an eternal, frothy champagne head. The head eventually falls from two inches to a thin layer, leaving patchy lace on a Pretentious Beer Glass Company dimpled mug.

Soap initially dominates the aroma, followed by the sweet smell of Smarties candy. Warmth draws out apricots and apples.

The flavor is sweet, just short of cloying. The flavor is very similar to mixed fruit juice. Nuts and herbal qualities come out with warmth. Possibly lavendar. There is a mild acidity and a long, almost acrid finish. Extended warmth helps the flavor and adds plums.

A medium body with smooth hard texture. Carbonation is modest with medium-sized bubbles. Alcohol is present, just short of expectations. Metallic touches are unwelcome.

As a generic beer, this is easily drinkable, however, I expect much more from an English Strong Ale. I enjoyed it just before dinner and see nothing worth aging, however, there is no risk of damaging it.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking body. Amber orange and a bit hazy with a one and a half finger head that leaves a broken ring around the glass with wet lacing.
The aroma is malty and bready with some caramel sweetness. Plum skin and yeast follow with a hint of floral hops.
Doughy, sweet malts mingle with ripe plums and floral hops, which is a nice combonation. A nip of alcohol and some spice from the yeast.
Not as smooth as a traditional English Strong Ale but close enough. Tough to rate this aspect of the beer because Stingo is fresh in my mind. Dry finish with a bite of alcohol.

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

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Copper body, mostly opaque but with some transparency, a short off white head, and persistent cast across the top and minimal tiny bubble lacing.

S - A nose of fruit and yeast, strong malty sweetness, hinting honey and floral notes.

T - Follows the nose, with plum flesh and mildly bitter skin, raisins, and a nice brown bread hit. The close has a bit of tartness, and a lingering trail of fruit.

M - Mild carbonation, but a scrubbing aspect is still present. Some alcohol warm helps clear the tongue in the close.

O - Delicious full beer, drinkable and integrated, with an alcohol punch and lush fruit and floral notes.

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a high sided tulip glass.

Look is a hazy amber with an inch thick head.

Aroma is dark red fruits and molasses malt.

Taste matches aroma. Absolutely incredible version of a rich dark English ale.

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Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of redbarnbikes
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A style I'm a relative novice with here, so I must say that I like what's going on. The malt is robust with toffee, caramel and brown sugar, then nice bitter floral hops kick in with some lemon zest notes, followed by wheat bread that is syrup soaked, ending with the fruity plum sweetness and a wave of candied sugar or even fruity candy. It hides the ABV quite well and only comes off too sweet on certain sips. Overall pretty complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, caramel malt, hint of fruit, slight piney hops, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an English Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, caramel malt, plum, slight piney hops, and a hint of tea. Overall, average appearance, good blend and blend, but too dry.

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Photo of EMV
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy caramel copper pour. 1.5 fingers of fizzy white head. Solid ring of lacing. Crazy gobs of sediment in the pour.

S: Light... without much aroma. Caramel malts, candy sugars... a bit of fruit/plum.

T/F: Very interesting flavor. Grains and toasted sugars... slight tartness with mild acidity. Plum and stone fruits.. notes of spice and some yeasty esters. Medium to light in body. Well carbonated. Finish is sweet fruit.

O: Didn't look like much. Didn't smell like much... but damn does this taste surprisingly good. Fruity... a little sweet but some mild tartness as well. Surprisingly pleasing... would definitely enjoy having this one again. This one might be even better with a year or 2 in the cellar.

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Photo of kingmaker
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mamaraza
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamQ
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ajm5108
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lighter gold, thick cap. Aroma has lots of dry, musty hops with sunny malts and a trace of sweetness. Essentially an English pale - lots of light European malt with crisp, dry English hops. There is some vague dark fruit notes floating in the background looking for a foothold they never really find. Plum / dark fruit, a little honey. Vintage ale makes me think of an old ale, and Fuller's does some of the best, but it really is more of an English pale and a fine one at that, even if it doesn't go off the charts.

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

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