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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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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

Photo of matthewrdale
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samEBC
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mbbc
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Waggman
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, bottle 145698.

Very milky (but no colloid sediment!) caramel-like brown-orange body, fine bubbles rise everywhere to support a velvety, cream-colored head that eventually fades to streaks of thin clouds, evidence of the chemistry of yeast taking place in my glass. Nose seduces me with rich buttery caramel, raisin, apricot, faint heat, mild citrus zip, and a bit of mineral-yeastiness. On the palette is butterscotch, mild bitterness to counter formidable sweetness, a zip of tropical fruits, woodiness like whiskey barrel. and some chalky yeast that is welcome. Body is full, but could still be heavier, and, dare i say it, more highly carbonated?? It felt a tad flat to me, but still completely acceptable.
What a treat to sip this one. Everything about it was warm, relaxing, and decadent. I wish I had a few more bottles to compare it to later on in its development. Pick these up if you see them!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shagal
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FlaviusG
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Release, tasted on 12/25/2016.

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

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

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2015 vintage. Pours a medium orange amber with a thin, off-white head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass, with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins, plums, a light tea component. Flavor of caramel malt, toffee, orange, light stone fruit, surprising light tartness in the finish with light grassy hops, a bit dry. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The profile really is like a boosted up / imperial ESB, rather than an old ale. This has more light fruit and a mellower, caramel malt body than a typical old ale. Interesting that the aroma had dark fruit elements, but the flavor is more orange citrus and light stone fruit. A complex ale that does seem to be fitting for some cellaring. I bought a second bottle to try in three years.

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Photo of Schimms
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 Bottle
No. 132876

L: Into a tulip glass: pours a reddish orange with big frothy white head close to an inch and a half. Great lacing up front - gone by the end.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, minimal hops.

T: Sweet, as promised. Juicy raisin up front. Mmmm...Fuller's biscuit flavor - subtle - makes an appearance at the end of the taste; liquid bread. God, I love Fuller's biscuity flavor.

F: Light carbonation. Smooth. Medium to full body. Leaves my tongue slightly dry.

O: A superb ale. I could drink this every day for the rest of my life.

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Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,292 ratings
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