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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Style:
Strong Ale - English
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
332
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  27
SCORE
86
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Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage AleBeer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale
Notes: 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.
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-brown with a half finger of tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Dry, musty malt aroma with light caramel, fig, plum and banana. There's also a solvent-like note in the background.

The taste largely follows the nose. Light caramel, fig, plum, banana and a hint of chemically solvent, with a mild earthy bitterness mixing with dull fruit in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess and moderate carbonation.

Tastes very "old world," but not entirely pleasant, IMO. This was one I was looking forward to, too. 4/13/17 bottling date.

Jun 09, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My last bottle from this mixed pack.

A clear copper with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is quite excellent, A blend of butterscotch sweetness, burnt toffee, fruity plums, wheat toast, earth. Very harmonious and well-integrated. The palate opens with a blend of burnt sugar bitterness, fruity plum sweetness, some raisin and caramel. There's an earthy hop bitterness and the alcohol adds a pleasing warmth to the palate. The finish is quite excellent - the blend of bitterness and burnt sugar sweetness and tartness is long-lasting and the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Excellent stuff.

Jul 09, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A fruity and fairly sweet aroma with a scent of plums and bready malt. Big scent of plums along with some other fruit hints of apple, raisin, fig, pear, orange, and dates. Malt scent of biscuit, grains, cracker, toffee, and caramel along with yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and sweet taste with notes of plums and bready malt. Big taste of plums along with other fruit notes of raisin, fig, apple, pear, orange, and dates. Pale malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, toffee, and caramel along with some yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty good take on an English Old/Strong Ale. Nice mix of fruit notes.

Jul 05, 2017
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Raime from Greenland

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12oz bottle into a mason jar.

Look - Deep burnt orange with a head that stacks half the glass. Density a plenty with an off-white coloration.

Smell - Hops stay relatively light with a big toasty malt presence that really dominates the nose.

Taste - Plums really turn out here and dominate at about a 70/30 ratio against the malt. Touches of sweet grape and even a bit of raisin if you really wanna look for it.

Feel - Smooth and creamy with a high level of carbonation. Swallows sweet and slightly bitter without even a hint of alcohol.

Overall - A very unique and robust beer that is probably my favorite in the pack so far ( Have only drank five others prior to this ). Not quite sure I've ever had w brew like this one. Try it out.

Jul 22, 2017
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utopiajane from New York

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Caramel, hops, malt richness bread and sweet plums. The skin of the fruit and very light brown sugar. Hop spice and floral.

Hazy plummy color. Fat beige head that falls slowly. Pretty clear.

Drinks very breaddy but also with tons of sweet fruit. Body feels at first thick and the finish is very sweet. A touch of alcohol on the palate for bitterness. The American hops centennial and loral lighten the aroma for me.


Drinks slightly less rich than a barleywine and without a big malt complexity . The thick mouthfeel abates as the beer warms. Hops do last and give a clean steady bitterness. Not as complex as some but these plums are a lovely addition . I am not seeing vinous and no chocolate. Does show the dried fruits. Now Fullers ecxpects to put their beer away and Sierra Nevada is concerned with hop appeal. Adding fruit brought those two things together well imo.


Historically isn't the old ale made to be a base beer and one that also goes into a barrel to be aged? Typically it's a style I associate with winter and I think bringing it into summer involved some thought. The secondary malt qualities of the old ale like cocoa and molasses; treacle are replaced with a brisk hop and the caramel malt. The color of it is the sweet blush from the plum. Bittering hops are magnum. That is 40 ibu's on the most malt of 4 beers from the case. The ipa the dipa, the barleywine and this one respectively. Modeled after the English bitter they did show you some hops. This one is the most balanced of all of those. The alcohol is perfectly balanced because in the finish I can taste spice. Fullers yeast shows an apple ester and that is in this beer but broader than it is in their beer. Often when you mass produce something it loses what makes it unique. I think it's safe to say that the successful big brewers are able to master that and keep something. This beer does taste like Fullers.

Jun 11, 2017
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was a shade of reddish amber, and the head was relatively small at one finger thick. The aroma was sweet and sour with plums and malt providing nearly equal contribution, and hops acting like a relish. The taste was tart, sweet, and complex, with some aged hops showing in the aftertaste. The overall flavor reminded me a lot of a Belgian Tripel. The feel was sticky and decadent. I liked this quite a bit.

Jul 07, 2017
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Sierra Nevada/ Ocean Odyssey's Beer Camp Across the World tap fest. All beers were incredibly fresh. Huge thanks to Travis for allowing me to do independent quality checks on every beer.
Beer #1 was the Fuller's collab. Very biased as I am a 40 year fan of Fuller's brewing. This beer was right up there. A full rich ale that went down so smoothly and so ripe with the plum enhanced pale maits. Wish I had a sixtel to take home.

Jul 23, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 27, 2017
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PJCarnell from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 01, 2017
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TastyIsBeer from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 06, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 28, 2017
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a dark golden color that is clear and has orange tinges to it. The head is off white and head retention is moderately low.

Smell: The aroma has malty sweet elements with some grass, nuts, moderately low fruit and low floral notes.

Taste: The malt is more prominent is the flavor featuring toffee over all with a mixture of moderate dried fruit. The are some low nutty flavors. There is also noticeable alcohol and moderate bitterness.

Feel: It has a medium body with alcohol warmth in the finish. The finish is self is somewhat dry.

Overall, this is balanced towards the malt with the hops providing moderate bitterness and a complex combination of toffee and dried fruit flavors.

Aug 13, 2017
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 15, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Golden brown color with a nice head and great lacing. Sweet earthy smell. Taste is nice and malty with caramel, toast and figs. Great with bean soup!

Jun 21, 2017
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tedho21 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 25, 2017
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ledouge from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jul 09, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Pkgd on 04/13/17 on label and bottle neck.

A: Slightly hazy amber with a short cap of light beige head with modest retention and a few skimpy traces of lacing.

S: Aroma is low overall with some faint, vague fruit notes with some earthy yeast esters and light caramel malt

T: The flavor is unspectacular overall, mainly plummy, orange marmalade fruitiness with some medium caramel flavors finishing minerally. LIght bitterness.

M: Very smooth and drinkable for the ABV due to the medium body and low carbonation.

O: Not unappealing but kind of blah

Jul 03, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber to copper with a quickly dissipating white foam. I get some berries, and like the label says, plums, in the aroma, and flavor. But, you can sit for a while and pick out different fruits from this brew. Pretty diverse, really. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium full, and the brew is overall quite dry. It's not Old Curmudgeon Ale from Founders, but, it's not a bad brew, either.

Jun 03, 2017
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 02, 2017
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timmy2b from New York

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 22, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 06, 2018
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 29, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this at the release party in Chico one Wednesday night a week or two ago. This poured a dark brown but without the viscosity of a porter or stout, thinner than that. Small off white, tannish head on it, 1/4". Aroma was malt, mild roast, booze, prune and/or plum.

Lots of unsweetened toffee and lesser than that, caramel up front. Earthy malt body without the red malt irish moss feels. A little bit of brown malt. There is plenty of dark fruit notes, but not the characteristic bitterness that often accompanies it. I'm glad its that way. Nice and smooth instead of abrasive bitterness.

Well made beer.

Jun 08, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a Lazy Dog.
Slightly hazy dirty amber color with a thin quickly dissipating bubbly white head. Sweet toffee and caramel maltiness with some earthy citrus that counters nicely. Moderate stone fruitiness Pretty tasty sipper.

May 29, 2017
Beer Camp Across The World: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 332 ratings