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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours a nice ruby colour with a short-lasting white head. Aroma of honey, oats and alcohol with a little orange peel also. Thick, oily mouth-feel with a flavours of wood, honey, malt and a fair warming alcohol presence. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (2202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Pours clear brown with a low head. Aroma is full malts. Flavor is malts, fruits and hops. Excellent strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Psytron (1309) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Amber colour. Big creamy head that diminishes quickly. Sweet. Full-bodied. Flat carbonation. Lightly bitter. Roasted. Some tar. Very balanced, nothing sticks out too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firefly54 (228) - - DEC 30, 2011
Aroma of mellow citrusy hops and pine, slight yeastiness. Pours a amber orange colour with a white lasting head. Lively mouthfeel and a long finish. Nicely hoppy but balanced. Fruitiness comes through and leaves a long bitterness. Slightly peachy and a hint of marmalade. Theres a touch of alcohol warmth but mainly well hidden for the strength and style. Very good indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bendrixian (1098) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
amber colur with somewhat clear colour. citrus aromas, and sweet note. malted flavour with aslight raost and balanced hops. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1841) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Waitrose. Medium amber, balanced aroma with caramel, cereal and an herbal citrus. Very smooth, no pronounced alcohol, orange zest comes through then a resin bitterness at the very end. More nuanced than 1845, less xmas pudding-ish, mellower. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
500ml bottle from the LCBO. christmas eve tradition, fresh Fullers Vintage. pours clear deep orange with a small but steady tan head. masterfully bottle conditioned. ornage peel and pale malt nose, touch ofalcohol, slightly woody. the flavour is well balanced with the malt body supporting the hops. this is the hoppiest fresh vintage ale ive had in recent years but the alcohol is still very upfront at this stage. way better then 2010 but still not one of the better years of Fuller Vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6245) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle form Sainsburys. Tasted alongside the 2010 version. Deep amber in colour with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, caramel and red berries aroma with a touch of spice. Flavour was sweeter than the 2010, with plenty of fruit cake sweetness, barley sugar and nuts, leading to a dryish finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19333) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2011
Bottled. Clear orange/brown, firm head. Malty lactic nose. Sweetish, full bodied rounded mouthfeel. Spicy hops on toffee, some blackberry. Long spocy bitterness with notes ofm yoghurt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11172) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding.
Very lovely pour. Completely clear amber with a red tint, frothy, off-white head on top. Aroma has sweetness, caramel, leafy notes, pine, floral, red berries (strawberries). Medium carbonation, creamy and tight mouthfeel. Flavour has good caramel sweetness base, lots of floral hops. Some walnuts, a touch of almonds. Lingering, quite bitter finish. It does feel like itís in its infancy, but itís still a very good beer.

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