Fuller's Vintage Ale | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's Vintage AleFuller's Vintage Ale
BA SCORE
88.2%
Liked This Beer
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:
#1,179
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,283
Liked:
1,132
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
10.74%
Alströms:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
307
Trade:
10
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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

2015 Vintage:
Pours a brownish amber, hazy but consistently so, with items behind the beer being fuzzy but distinct. An amber hued tan head, ends in a medium thick rim.

Nose is dark caramel with a dark fruit tang/tartness, raisin, grape, prune. But throughout all of this, there is an indistinct bitterness that counter these notes slightly. A swirl brings a little alcohol note that is otherwise absent.

The taste leans a little more heavily on the fruit notes and bitterness. I get a bit more grape and plum in the taste, ending with a somewhat of a wine taste. This wine taste is disrupted, in a sort of way, by a wooden bitterness. The interplay of these notes is interesting early. The tart-sweet fruits eventually seem to take up residence near the front, and give the back end to the bitterness.

This beer is medium in body, with a nice medium level of carbonation. It ends up a tad dry.

I did enjoy this beer, it seems well made. It is not extreme, but has a nice level of flavor and bitterness so as to not be bland. I enjoyed sipping on it on a cool evening.

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

Photo of ddibella84
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ControlVolume
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just sort of okay

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Photo of Vylo
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

From lacasadelacerveza. Un Teku glass. Playing Grim Fandango Remastered. The very definition of a balanced beer. Everything is well executed here, and after each sip you're yearning for more. High ABV well hidden

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Photo of T_Hass
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach122
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
1/5  rDev -76.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of drmeto
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage No. 012859

L:
-pours a hazy glowing dark amber with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-sweet orange,strawberries,rose hip tea,apricots,spicy
T:
-spicy,caramel,orange,apricot,grainy,slight grapefruit
-medium bitterniss for the style (surprisingly hoppy still after 2.5yrs)
-finishes dry
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
The "Imperial Bitter" description fits this nicely.
Good overall, but considering the hefty price tag, i was a bit disappointed.
I would take any of Fuller's regulars (London Pride,1845,ESB etc.) over this.

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

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku pint. 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Nice aroma of toasted malt and unique hops that have an almost eucalyptus kind of note to them...Okay, I don't know what eucalyptus smells like, but it's piney in a different way; herbal, minty, green. There's also some oxidation but it complements the overall profile.

T- Nice balance of sweet biscuity malt and faint hop bitterness. Drinks super easy for 8.5% but there's not a whole lot going on. Brown sugar, dates and mild orange peel come to mind. After multiple sips are taken, the oxidation starts to really show, especially in the aftertaste. But it still works as it creates a sort of apple/pear type of flavor that's pretty enjoyable.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- The oxidative qualities of this beer work well within the overall flavor profile but I wouldn't want to taste it aged any more than this. Looking forward to trying later vintages.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Supergenious
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T100Mark
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage Ale (bottle # 131446). A Euro Bomber (16.9 ounces) poured into Imperial pint/nonic glass (I felt like "going for it").

Appearance - Beautiful copper color. A little bit hazy. Mondo head! Big stickage! A sight to behold.

Smell - Big malt! Sweet. Tart. Spicy. Hoppy.

Taste - Big malt! Sweet. Tart (black licorice). Hoppy. A touch spicy. A bit herbal. Alcohol. There's a lot going on here.

Mouth - Slick.

Overall - A British Bitter with the volume turned up to 11! Very tasty! Awfully pricey! A beer for special occasions.

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Photo of Angela1956
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sparse head, off-white, diminishing. Fair lacing. Clear body with lightly cloudy particles. Amber/tawny color. Average malt aroma with a hay/straw and nutty smell. Heavy yeast smell. Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation. Moderately sweet, light acidity, heavy bitterness.

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Photo of hennin55
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: average head, good lacing, darker brown in color
Aroma: average in hops aroma, caramel maltiness, toffee and butterscotch notes
Palate: creamy texture but slightly bitter
Flavor: average flavor with a slightly bitter finish

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Photo of stinewils24
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a gold, caramel, pumpkin glow to it. It has a wonderful malty, caramel, molasses scent. The taste reminds me of raisins and citrus notes, with bitter and sour hints. The texture is creamy and moderately carbonated.

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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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