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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 221   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle number 131850: I look forward to these every year, although Iíve missed some of late, because I know in advance that Iíll be imbibing a fine brew. This yearís poured a light amber body with a sudsy off-white head. The nose held a floral/herbal spiciness over a woody caramel malt. The flavor had a lemony spritziness, a lightly syrupy, bready sweetness, and an herbal/earthy bitterness. It finished on a moderately bitter note with a touch of alcoholic heat. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mdindy (33) - Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
dark cloudy amber with red tint, malty aroma. flavor has toffee, yeast, malts with smooth warming bitter aftertaste. taste some alcohol at the finish, everything seemed to blend well. very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (952) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2014
From a 500ml bottle on 6/2/2014 (bottle no. 061746). Pours a light amber with a medium head which disappears quickly. Has a strong toffee malt aroma. Taste wise, itís malt dominated with toffee, caramel, butterscotch and nuts featuring, along with a good dash of sweet orange, and a touch of booze. It finishes with a mild tart, bitterness. The palate is syrupy and the carbonation average. This is a very pleasant sweet, malty sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to Sean. Pours a deep amber color with a large white head. Hazy but not as yeasty (particulates) as some versions. The aroma is sweet toffee, berries, wood. The flavor is surprisingly big oxidation which is OK. More berries, toffee, yeast, biscuit, a bit of orange tanginess in the tail. Quite good as usual.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1214) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle@joes. Copper/brown color. Smells and tastes sweet, malty, alcohol, wine. Nice. Lot of difference in the fullers vintage í13

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
Hazy amber. Thick head. Rich aroma has a lot of caramel malt. Rich malts, chewy, abv is lower on the palate than the 2012. There are hints of the Fuller yeast and the bitterness seems to have dropped a lot with age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle - BCA - BBE Dec 2014; Drank Nov 2013 - Orangey Gold in colour. Very Fruity; citrus oranges, marmalade. Spicy. Very Malty; caramel & toffee, toasted malts. Fullers yeast; heavily sedimented. Hoppy; earthy hops. Rather syrupy. Alcohol warming and quite evident. Sweet very fruity and malty throughout. Some bitterness in the finish. Very tasty. Nice beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2043) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
From bottle no. 126789. I bought it in 2011 and cellared it. The pour is copper-orange-amber with a long lasting off-white head. Vaguely cloudy. The aroma is full of sweet and malty characters and something akin to honey The body is medium but it has a slick quality to it. The taste is full of caramel malty sweetness but a low to nearly nil bitterness. Sweetness rues the day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jd543 (386) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Clear, deep amber-red with a thick off-white head. Aroma is strong sweet malt, marmalade. Taste is sweet with well balanced finish. Oily texture, low carbonation. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2740) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a golden amber, nice white head. Aromas are mostly marmalade, some honey, all about the malts basically. Taste has a honeyed sweetness, but not too much. Good creamy texture, light oiliness perhaps. Good though.


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