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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7445) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 First rating
Bottle at ekstedt tasting on December 2, 2011
50 cl, no 049973, BB End 2014
Clear copper color, white head. Sweet, alcohol, apricots scent. Sweet, malty, cream taste. Warming alcohol. Moussy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

Bottle 50 cl at ekstedt vertical tasting on March 17, 2012
Hazy copper color, smallish off-white head. Sweet, vinous scent, some applesauce. Sweet, marzipan taste. Very mellow. Gut warming. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (9462) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Ekstedts tasting 2011-12-02. Amber beer with a small offwhite head. Malty aroma, alittle roasted. Malty flavor, bready, hoppy, some citrus. Hoppy finish with some roasted notes. As always I guess it will get better with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
(Bottle, 0.5 l - #090347, 20111203) The beer poured ruby red and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, dried plum, strawberry and alcohol. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, dried plum, alcohol, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and mildly roasty. This one was too young but still pretty good. The harshess will quite likely disappear with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Awesome fresh tasting barley wine - not a hint of the 8.5% abv but a beautiful fresh aroma and flavour. Solid all the way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5519) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Cask at White Horse Parsonís Green. It pours deep amber-brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is cinnamon, caramel, golden syrup, gingerbread and lemon. The taste is wood, caramel, toffee, varnish, brown sugar, alcohol warmth, dark fruit, syrup, pear and melon, with a dry finish. Full body and soft carbonation. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Could be done with a big of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2011
Entered to celebrate my 9000th Rating. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head and lacings. Fruitcake and caramel at first. Some port and a fine level of vinousness (already). A bit of vanilla and caramel with a fine fresh hop bitterness in the end. Very nice, though very young. Better than previous years. No question.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9833) - DENMARK - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle @ FOneFan. Cleat amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel and fruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, medium sweet, little toffee, little rip fruit, hops and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (788) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery orange colour, thin off-white head. Sweetish aroma of dried fruits and caramel malt. The flavour is also sweetish, caramel-malty, with oranges, dried fruit, nuts, and a warm, moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
gilvanblight (761) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Very orangy amber pour with quite a bit of light tan head. Boozy scent. Mixed with something, raisin or prune maybe. Odd mouth. Bitter and somewhat dry mix of flavours. Really hard to place. Floral bitterness mixed with some sweet malts and a touch of roastyness. I find itís unbalanced. Various tastes and aromas combating each other for attention. Not a big fan. Itís not horrible but Iíve had much better from Fullerís

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottled (No 52349 from Alko Prisma, Vaasa). Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruity, floral and sweet malty in a very nice balance.Flavour is sweet malts, quite floral and mild toffeeish notes as well. Quite bodied though my "short rating". I predict this one to be one to save 5-10 years. Ends rather sweet malty and bodied.

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