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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1963) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
500 mL bottle. Gushed a bit when I opened it, which has never happened to me with a FV before. Hazy bronze with a thin but sticky beige head. The aroma is fairly strong, and quite fruity, with a little booze. There is a solid note of malt as well. The flavour is fruit, shortbread, booze. Fairly unique. Quite full up front. Nice, as usual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7037) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. Medium orange, hazy, with a creamy golden head. Aroma of buttered bread, treacle, brandy undertones. Sweet English toffee, sultanas, sherry-like sweetness, light kiss of bitterness and a whiff of perfume in the finish. Quite full bodied, a little sticky. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
liinis (1600) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2014
A bit better than last yearís beer. A great very basic malt character. Some quality hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1341) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011 has a thick, stratified, soapy, cream-colored head, a somewhat murky, orange/amber/copper appearance, visible bubble steams, and heavy, splotchy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is unique- there is that usual turned fruit smell one gets from aged beer, but also sweet bread crust, cellar mold, a touch of hop oil, some sugar, and a sort of metallic note. Taste is of all of these elements, with an addition of straight-forward bitterness, metal (again), and even vegetables (steamed). The mouthfeel is mostly heavy and chewy, and Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011 finishes semi-wet, rich, sharp, a bit alcohilic, winey, and interesting. RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5552) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mdindy (36) - Weymouth, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1026) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6336) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1509) - 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

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