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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 year’s 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18940) - Tyresö, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (10769) - 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 it’s in its infancy, but it’s still a very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle@ home vertical tasting 10/12/11. Red-brown beer with fluffy off-white head. Honey nose with subtle malts and sweet peach

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (2804) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle number #73785. Poured clear amber with a nice looking, frothy white head, stays quite long. Aroma is alcohol, plums and caramel. Flavor is similar. Full bodied, quite enjoyable, but felt too raw. Alcohol coming through too much in both aroma and flavor to be really enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

[ Bottle # 059629 ]. Clear medium to dark amber colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, toasted, caramel, dried fruit, light to moderate hoppy, fresh hop, light raisin - plum. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111126]

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2011
Clear amber, thin beige head. Aroma, sweet, bread, caramel. Malts, spices, slight alcohol. Quite an intense dryness immediately. Medium palate. Very nice, bit too sour a finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (3758) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle thx to ekstedt cons 2011-12-04 Göteborg AR: sticky, rasins, sprity AP: amber clera colred body, frothy wee creme brulee colored head F: sticky, caramel, sprity, rasins, plum cake from GB

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2357) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle sampled @ Ekstedts tasting on December 2. Courtesy of Ekstedt. Pours amber with a white head. Smell is fruity and floral with sweet fruits, caramel, gummi candy and some alcohol. Taste is vinous, malty and slightly acidic with peach, persimmon and some metal. Finish is malty sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5201) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber, medium white head. Bisquity, slightly caramelly malt aroma with floral hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness. The best Vintage in many years, at least when fresh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dazz3 (1476) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Sampled at Ekstedt’s Testing 11-12-02. Pours copper with small white. Smells and tastes hoppy and slight malty with a similar finish.


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