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Fuller's Vintage Ale | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Vintage AleFuller's Vintage Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
First released in 1997, Fuller's Vintage Ale is brewed in limited batches with each bottle being numbered. It can be enjoyed immediately, or Fuller's recommends laying the beer down to enjoy when it peaks in 3 to 4 years and consume at cellar temperature. And though it's released each year as a separate vintage, BA has been informed that the recipe is only slightly tweaked from year to year, while the ABV remains at 8.5%.

Added by Murph on 02-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,211
Reviews:
681
Ratings:
1,292
pDev:
10.74%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of qrazvan
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage Ale: brownish colour, very small head and low carbonation. Bourbon smell.
The taste is dominated by the wooden flavours, the bourbon and scotch are very present. It has a barley wine feel also and a bit of sweetness, not too much, just right. The body is a bit thinner than expected. Low alcohol content for a 14-year old beer.
Very good.

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Photo of 104401
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared the 2016 Vintage with a good friend. Big flavour profile with toffee pudding and oak notes that kept me sipping and contemplating the deep flavours here.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Deep copper, perfect amount of fluffy, inviting barm. Aroma is decadently sweet & enticing - calvados, apple must, chardonnay grape, butterscotch, sticky toffee pudding. Delightful. Taste focuses more on those heartier, warm flavors - toasted nut, toffee brittle, prune, fig with a trace of honey and a cognac heat. Finishes with a delicate kiss of hop bitterness. It was oddly thin for the style, which is really the only criticism I can lay against. The standard for old ales.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's Vintage Ale, Limited Release. This example was a 2011 vintage, serial number 135390. Fully 6 years old... Two years longer than recommended by the Brewer. It was a nice experience but I kept it a little too long as there were hints of oxidation. Poured a murky, thin prune juice brown, producing 2+ fingers of shortlived, tan head that leaves a thin surface collar & a nice web of clumpy lacing. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, toffee, date/fig/prune, oak/vanilla, whiskey, smoke, alcohol & buttery notes. Taste is dark fruit & whiskey forward having a biscuity, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, oak, slight burnt/smokey quality from mid-sip through the buttery finish. Butter, roast, smoke, raisins & alcohol lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is low-medium carbonation & medium-full body with a tongue coating, smoothness throughout the sip but developing a slightly chalky aftertaste. The alcohol is quite prominent even for an 8.5 ABV. Hell, who knows, being bottle-conditioned the alcohol content may have gone up over the years.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Near room temp. Big billowing off white head,clean dark amber. Figs and other sweet fruit on the nose. Sweet with little bitterness - more fruits and some heat from the alcohol. A bit more him for the style. A long time want that I unexpectedly tracked down.

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Photo of Casey_L
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Had a Vintage 2015 in August 2017. Nice "old" (damp cave/old basement smell) aroma with English malts and flavorings you just can't replecate from beers to style made in the US. My friends and I really enjoyed this one. A touch light and watery and not as "big" as I typically like for the style. Overall its a great beer though and reasonably priced for how sophisticated the box and bottle is. Great for gift giving or to "show off" at a party.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release (seems early but what the hey) - Poured a copper body with orange tints with minimal head and lace. The aroma has a touch of caramel/toffee (sticky) malt with more notes of dark fruits. The beer is sweet, sticky, has dark fruits flavors like raisins, plums, figs, mixes with a sturdy malt base, has a sweetness from various components that add balance yet isn't hard to drink as low ABV and not a heavy beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boondongle
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of neurobot01
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. 500ml bottle into a Perfect Pint glass at cellar temp.

Look: a hearty orange with lots of carbonation and a moderate light tan head.

Smell: bread pudding, cinnamon, banana, vanilla, grapes.

Taste: rich hearty brandy, bread pudding, tapioca, sherry, toasted almond. It's impressive how completely the character changes from rich tinged with brighter fruity notes up front to an almost toasty, doughy finish.

Feel: pretty thick, but very drinkable. Similar in some ways to St. Bernardus Abt 12.

Overall: now I'm really sad I didn't pick up more of these back when they had them at my local Costco. Not something I'd drink every day, but quite good. All the flavors work well together, and every aspect of the beer is very good to excellent.

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3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition

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