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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 221   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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle 127865. Good sized milky tan head of medium sized bubbles. Fruity aroma with some marmalade as the description says, vanilla beans, sweet malts and some toffee. Color is a hazy dark copper. Flavor is a bit sweeter than expected for a 2 year old brew. More vanilla, caramel, sweet malts and some butterscotch. Light alcohol presence. I am really diggin this vintage. Finishes malty with a tad of sweetness. A pretty good brew and one of the better recent vintages.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy nice toffee aroma. Moderate bitter nice caramellic flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElDesmadre (1473) - Mikołůw, POLAND - JUL 17, 2013
Apricot marmalade, redcurrant, walnuts, raisins, figs and plums in the aroma, which altogether makes for a brandy-like smell. Full, thick body, very fruity flavour. Medium sweet with a moderate bitterness. Well hidden alcohol. Very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (2046) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
Clear copper yellow with small light brown foam head. Aroma is malty, taste is superbe. Nice bittersweet caramel with floral tones. Low bitter aftertaste, quite long lasting. Good beer. (Velp 201306)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1004) - PORTUGAL - JUN 22, 2013
500ml from Auchan (Luxembourg). It pours a hazy amber in colour with a thick white head that diminished. Some light yeast notes in the aroma, but a nice combination between sweet and bitter in the flavour. A very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2013 Bottle at beer and cheese event in Shoreditch. Pours light amber with a small khaki head which quickly disappears. Nose is very raisin driven. Touch of apricot marmalade and heavy honey. Quite sweet. Very marmaladey and dried fruits in the taste. Heavy sweetness and a little sticky. Bitter sweet finish. Not bad

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
langeveld12 (201) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2013
Pours an average rocky off-white head that mostly diminishes. Body is amber and hazy. Aroma contains moderate malts (light bread, hay, roasted malts, molasses), moderate hops (citrus fruits, grass), light yeasts (dough, leather) and furthermore toffee, cola, some smoke, grae, raisin, spices and honey. Flavor starts off light acidic, then goes to sweet and light bitter, to finish in sweetness and a bit more bitterness. The finish is also a bit malty. Body is medium to full, with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. I like it, there's a lot going on without anything being too strong.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Standard boxed bottle from State Line and Caponeís. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Nose is similar to all the others Iíve had; some caramel malt, brown sugary, dry vinous fruit. Tastes caramel malty, on the dry side, with an ESB flavor profile and a decent hop level, but not to the level that I so desperately crave from a beer such as this, as such. Iím starting to think these are all style and little substance, and that Fullerís owes me punitive damages for jerking me off all these years with vintage beers that are overpriced and underwhelming.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wombata (365) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2013
Aroma: closed, not very aromatic. Some sweet malt with ovaltine and raisin. Flavor: sweet malt orange peel. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Comment: A total waste to drink this at 1 year of age. Needs 5 years to start gaining complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6303) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish copper with a foamy beige head and a red malt and grape aroma. There is a smooth and subtle smoked malt flavor with a nice armagnac finish. Very well-crafted.


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