Fuller's Vintage Ale | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's Vintage AleFuller's Vintage Ale
BA SCORE
88.2%
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4.19 w/ 1,283 ratings
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:
#1,177
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,283
Liked:
1,132
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
10.74%
Alströms:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
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Trade:
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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
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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Photo of StormAles
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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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mac31
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fruit, fruit, fruit. I really like English beers. This is the most fruit driven English beer I've had. Malts are sweet and fruity. I get grape, raisin, plums from the malts. Also, I get some modest cooked caramel, biscuity, light breadiness that are apparent. There are some mild roasty notes in there too. All the sweetness is balanced out by a sly, but moderate amount of hoppiness. Hops are very earthy, which kick up in the finish. There is some slight citrus brightness. The Goldings really come through in this. Spices are soft and there is green bitterness without being vegetal. Hops are slightly minty and astringent (although not sure if the astringency comes from the hop compounds or the alcohol.) The body appeared thinnish in the beginning, but was actually medium and creamy the more I drank on. Carbonation started off spritzy, but mellowed out as the CO2 escaped the glass. If you love American styled and made beers, pass on this. If you like Belgians, more specifically quads, you will like this. This reminds of a baby quad/quad light with more roastiness and hoppiness. It's a nice beer, a year from now this would have beer more mellowed and better received (for me).

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Some hop presence still. Caramel flavor is there but muted. Very thin. Slight cardboard

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage poured from fridge temp. Light brown with good carbonation. Fairly transparent. Smell is caramel and vanilla, with some dark fruit and some citrus. Not too powerful. Taste is a immediately bitter, with some oak, citrus peel, caramel. Getting some blackberry and it gets a bit smoother over time. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall a really nice beer

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Lewnanny
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

superb beer.

The taste remind me the quality find in the Duchesse the Bourgogne.

This beer is among of the best one I have taste lately.

Really nice concept and I like the box.

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Photo of aztraz
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 1,283 ratings
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