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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 243   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8331) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
(bottle, #067635) Hazy, amber colour with a short and slightly tanned foamy head. Ripe malty aroma with hints of caramel, fruity accents of apricots, raisins, also flowery and mildly alcoholic notes. Sweet and delicately bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Robust malty base with notes of candied fruits, caramel, shades of woody and spicy hops; lasting malty finish with a lingering fruity and slightly vinous touch and a well-covered alcoholic strength. 30.XII.14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (872) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2015
500 ml. Bottle pours a dark orange color with a small white head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel. Full bodied, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cagou007 (414) - FRANCE - FEB 7, 2015
Pours hazy amber color with thin white head. Nose is red fruits with a hint of caramel. Aromas are toasted malts, red fruits, raisins. Low carbonation, medium body. Sweet and dry finish. Well balanced and great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BadAprilia1000 (341) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Pours a very nice golden color. Aroma is strong caramel, molasses, fruit and nut honey, raisins, plums, figs, dark cherry. Tastes of caramel, honey, hay, cherry, fig, sweet plum, bread. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (5611) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours amber, nose is honey, orange, toffee, taste is similar, sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
500ml bottle. Rich, malty aroma of toffee, dried fruits, hop spice and brown sugar, very faint tartness in the background along with notes of raisin and apricot. Tawny orange-brown in color with a very slight, fading head. Flavor profile is lightly sweet, gently winey and tart, with sherryish tones and ample malt sweetness, augmented with dark, dried fruits and tobacco, some peppery alcohol and mild, leafy hop bitterness and flavors appearing towards the long finish. Gently warming and very low in effervescence on the palate, mild tartness at play here, and with a full body. Rather elegant and refined, very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured with an orangey sheen, mid-sized lacy beige head; dried fruits, Wood and vanilla plus a touch of alcohol in the nose; solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied and a bit tart; mild and warming traces of alcohol in the vinous-fruity and caramelly finish, some hoppy dryness in the aftertaste. Good, what else...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3496) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle 0.5l at Black Door, Helsinki. Bottle no: 090377. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Fruits, raisins, hops and malts. Surprisingly fresh and in excellent condition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AnokaBrewer (71) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Sweet aroma. Sweet initial taste, then some hop bitterness to balance, then a sweet, well blended finish. Brown in color. Taste changes and gets better as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, apple cake, candied oranges, spiced pear, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is of toffee, caramel, toast, baked apple, and herbal hops.

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