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

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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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 330
Photo of jkblr
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/13/17 (20 months ago) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer pours a bright orange amber, but has quite a bit of sediment even though it's been refrigerated it's entire life. The head is light khaki in color and fizzles away leaving a few bubbles and no lacing. The aroma is fruity with apple, pear and plum. The taste is fruit forward as well with more plum & pear flavors paired with a mild English malt base. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. There is very little bitterness and just a touch of alcohol in the taste. It's very well attenuated and not really sweet despite low bitterness. Overall, very good. I didn't drink this one fresh, so I have no frame of reference. It's enjoyable now, although i should have been more gentle with the pour.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A year out and there's still a lot of life on this. Creamy cap of cottony foam atop a glowing Manila colored beverage. Raisiny plummy aroma with some floral notes. As it opens it displays more character. Jammy, slightly bitter with honeyed sweetness.

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Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

>1 year on it.

Kind of a straw color, some sediment, low head

Mild fruitiness, caramel malt

Dark and sweet fruits, yeastiness, floral notes

Medium carbonation, goes down easy

Pleasant enough, not noteworthy, by my palate.

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

Finally drank my bottle of this; I've been aging it along with the Bruery collab (hopefully age improves that one?). Taste is faded plum, slightly malty and faintly floral with some alcohol. Decent but nothing special.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 gandres
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a beer camp around the world variety box poured to tulip glass
Sight: dark amber, small foam, appears clear some lacing
Smell: slight aroma of hops, toasted malt stronger Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness
Mouth feel: good follow through, good finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer, ok to repeat not to look for

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 330 ratings