Fuller's Vintage Ale | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Vintage AleFuller's Vintage Ale

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

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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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of chugalug06
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A - Pours nice deep white foamy head. Very nice. Brew is deep amber with lots of orange. Great clarity for vintage.

S - Big grape notes. Ginger, crystal malt, caramel, and slight heat dominate the nose.

T - Near perfect! Tons o big grape flavor, but more white grape than red... Big sugar and aggressive.

M - Slight over-carbonation, but not bad. Zero heat and wonderful warmth. Much better brew then most old ales. Medium body with great ability to evenly coat the mouth.

O - Wonderful Old Ale! Very glad I picked this one up last year! Highly recommended for all BA'ers to grab one in passing, this is a commercial brew that has love and thought put into it. Strange, perhaps NB, Coors, and Sam could learn a lesson or two....

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Very nice presentation with the fancy box and the adornments on the bottle. 2008 vintage Bottle number 143310.

A Pours a clear tawny color with short lived thin white head.

S A very strong fruity note that has cherries, and raisins with just a hint of alcohol.

T Lots of fruit with cherries, alcohol, and a hint of hop bitterness on the back to provide some balance. Also a bit of an earthy presence as well.

M thick and creamy as an old ale should be.

Overall this is an excellent old ale that is perfect for sipping, on a cold day or special occasion. It has held up quite well in the cellar for the past three years with no apparent harm. Also an excellent value at only $8.00 for a bottle.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Suddy and cream coloured head with good retention. Ruby/Amber body that is pretty transparent.

S - Cherries, dark fruits, a faint and almost honey-like sweetness. Hints of a breadiness to the malts also peek through.

T - Up front the palate is a mixture of cherries and dark fruits, with some subtle alcohol heat and breadiness coming through midway. Cherries and breadiness are the main flavours that carry through into the finish, and leave a nice lingering balance between earthy and sweet flavours.

M - The mouthfeel is fantastic. Creamy, smooth and light with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic beer. Nice aroma and palate, great mouthfeel and drinkability. I'd like to age one to see how it changes, I imagine it'd age well.

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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage poured into a snifter. No. 105674 on the label.

Pours a clear, ruby/amber with a thin off white/tan head that dissipates down leavings spotty lacing on the glass.

Nose has lots of muted, subtle dark fruit notes along with a touch of alcohol, breadiness and aged hops. There's an almost red wine note to it as well. Touch of caramel. Really, super complex and subtle.

The taste mirrors the nose with a touch of dark fruit characteristics, slight alcohol presence, extremely smooth bready notes. A slight lingering caramel is on the end palate and the flavor lasts forever.

The mouth feel really lends itself to the beer with being on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is low but at a perfect level for the brew.

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. The taste was EXACTLY what I was hoping for an more. An exceptional beer if there ever was one. There should be more hype surrounding this beer.

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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Edition.

A: 1/4" cream coloured head that formed and dissipated quickly over a rich, reddish amber liquid.

S: Toffee, orange and yeast.

T: Bitter citrusy hops up front with pepper, herbs and a marmalade finish over top of a rich toffee malt base.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium to high level of carbonation. Small amount of drying effect from the 8.50% ABV.

O: A beautiful beer that is very drinkable and complex in flavour.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted side by side 2010 bottle no 048185 2006 bottle no 10665 bought at the bank of london.

Appearance.- Great look, mahogany redish.

Smell.- Malty sweet, low bitterness.

Taste.- Super malty, balanced and slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel.- Full, rich creamy, well carbonated.

Overall.- Great for ageing and cold weather.

The older the bottle the better the flavor, it tends to be less bitter with time but better cherry like notes.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Fuller's Vintage Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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