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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The 2011 Vintage Ale, our 15th, is brewed with some of the finest of this yearís malt and hops. The malt grist includes a portion produced by Warminster maltings, from organic barley grown by Sir James Fuller on the Nestone Park Estate. This will be married with the choicest Goldings, Organic First Gold and award winning Sovereign hops, to produce a beer with a firm malt base, marmalade notes and a satisfying bitter finish. Individually packaged and numbered, this bottle is one of only one hundred and fifty thousand produced.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7948) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2012
500ml bottle, no. 51025, at Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri. Large frothy beige head resting on top of a deep, dark amber coloured body. Restrained aroma of dried fruits on a semi-sweet malty backbone. Dark fruits in flavour supported by hints of dark berries, a note of almond and malty sweetness. A bit jam-like. Hop bitter ending with tingling alcohol. Nice, a bit pent-up, perhaps (Oslo, 06.01.2012)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rejtable (1262) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
Was hoping for more. Up front a touch of bitterness, backed by some sweet maybe caramel. Body is pretty light. Alcohol is there in the mouth, but reasonably well buried. Nice stuff, just was hoping for more. Maybe if it laid down for a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7384) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #059453 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours clear deep golden/orange with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zita (4594) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2012
light hoppy aroma,golden, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, fizzy, nice hoppy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6563) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2012
Amber coloured and clear. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel, cerials, faint citrus, faint alcohol. Flavor, long duration. Heavy sweet and finish moderate bitter. Creamy, dry texture and soft carbonation, faint alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
MikeHolm (8) - FINLAND - JAN 7, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Once again, very good beer. Very nice color, even if it strong 8,5% it dosn?t taste alcohol. Also a fresh taste, me like!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nboldock (6) - Hull, East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
Decided to treat myself to a Vintage this year having passed up the opportunity last time around. Having just finished the bottle, Iím glad I invested. Delicious. I got thick caramel, bags of flavour and a smooth finish that belies the alcohol level. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2012
took a break from the vintages for a couple of years, mostly in part to the last couple of vintages not showing up.. . pours a deep amber maple syrup .. . nice rich aroma, sweet and molassesy .. . light oxidation and a touch of brandy, interesting meld of flavours .. . good now, drink! .. . . If I had a mine shaft, I donít think I would just abandon it. Thereís got to be a better way..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (443) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
bottle into English pint. Ruby-orange colour, large fizzy head. Aroma is caramel malt, some orange. Taste is bolder than the aroma would suggest, sweet, alcohol, some wood/oak notes. Look forward to this hitting the LCBO every Christmas, and this year is no exception.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2012
Pretty amber color, clear, nice lacy head. Light aroma with alcohol, caramel, plums. Too faint. Caramel and fruit flavor, sweet, a bit hot, young, hop bitterness with light bread. A bit fizzy.


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