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

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Ratings: 316 |  Reviews: 94
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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught Firkin October 27, 2017.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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

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