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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Appearance: Clear copper with finger thick beige head. Aroma: Dried fig, raisin, vinous, caramel, golden syrup, subtle mint and grassy/herbal note, hint of marzipan and woody notes. Taste: Low/medium sweet and bitterness with low sourness. Palate: Medium thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, abrupt dry, dried fruit, golden syrup, caramel, malty finish with a slight alcohol note. Comments: Very good. Bottle number 025168.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2083) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with white head. Caramel malt, some citrus, and pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OscarFalls (52) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2014
I like this beer. I'm not in love with it but I enjoy this beer before some awesome steaks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2014
What a delight, to find this ale. No. 017154. It looks glowing amber with a minimal head, but aromas of rich, old ale with dates and steamed pudding. Thereís spices of cinnamon, cardamom and some ginger. The mouthfeel is full and round with gentle, balanced bitterness. A touch sweet on the palate with those flavours there listed. Itís a real pleasure, a fine exemplar of style I have real affection for from a brewery that is a part of British brewing heritage. Grand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2251) - 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 (8318) - 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 (1740) - 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 (1599) - 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 (5570) - 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.

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