Fuller's Vintage Ale | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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

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Reviews:
685
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1,303
pDev:
10.74%
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4.32
 
 
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Photo of puck1225
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a gorgeous beer: deep, rich orangish red with a nice short lived head and beautiful curtain lacing.

Enjoyed the orange citrus smell with a bit a booze. Silky feel. Very rich taste: molasses, dark fruit, orange and a bit of dark honey. Going to buy another bottle to age.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matthewsween
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, boxed and bottle conditioned
Pours a burnished gold coloured body with ruby hues and full on white head with cranberry notes and hints of brandy
Deep sugar plum aroma
All that in the flavour with rum fudge

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Photo of travelguy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redleg64
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

While perusing the shelves of my local wine and beer emporium, I came across a single, elegant box. I’m intrigued by any beer that comes in a box and this one was no exception. The price was reasonable and after I bought it I did some research and discovered the history behind this storied ale.

I have a 2016 vintage that I intended to store for a few years, but curiosity got the best of me tonight. I pulled it out of the box, broke the seal and pried the cap off with my favorite bottle opener. The beer poured a rich, vibrant, deep shade of copper and left a thin, creamy head that complimented it quite nicely. I can’t comment on the smell due to some nose issues, but I’m sure it’s pleasant. The thing I enjoy most about old ales is the complex flavor profiles found in them, and this is no exception. I’m not going to elaborate about the nuances...I’ll just say this beer is definitely one of the all time best I have had the pleasure of enjoying. I just wish I was able to buy another bottle to enjoy later down the road.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage No.146925
Poured with a 1/4" head, falls to a cap and then ring quickly. Murky brown with orange highlights.
Aroma started out muted but opened up to dark fruits, tea and earth.
Tea, herbal, mint. Tobacco. Mild caramel. Dark fruit...fig/prune even (?) Late notes of what seem like wood/barrel.
Medium body, low carbonation. Long finish with a combination of interesting flavors.
I've owned these since they were fresh, have a couple left....really fun to open an almost 10 year old English ale and still very tasty.

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Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2016.. Awesome beer..

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
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
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | 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

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