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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 year’s 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.


omikr0n's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omikr0n (750) - Prague, - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber to brown with nice lasting tan head. Aroma is English hops and lots of honey, with hint of some nuts. Flavor is malt, honey, alcohol, a bit of some spices and perhaps a bit floral. Nice malty, hoppy aftertaste with some honey and even some herbs.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle poured in a chalice. 2011 Vintage. Bottle #079190. A: Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a medium and creamy yellow head. Good retention and some nice lacings left. Nice bottle and appearance. Very "elegant" beer S: Very nice malty aroma followed by sweet caramel, honey, hints of dark fruits. End is citric, earthy and grassy by the hops T: Strong on caramel malts and toffee. Dark fruits and candy sugar. Sweet upfront but not overwhelming. English yeasts. Finish brings a moderate citrus hoppy bitterness, which is deliciously grassy and earthy too. It warms a bit due to the alcohol level M: Medium body and smooth carbonation. Creamy and bit molasses feel with a nice mild bitter finish O: An English classic. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer [ BA Review @ 2/10/2012 ]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
a touch boozier than I remember it usually being, but not overly hot. rich and warming...just makes you want to sit in front of the fire and enjoy...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Welley_Alves (220) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 28, 2014
Ótima old ale inglesa. Cor dourada, média formação de espuma, com pouca persistência. Aroma com predomínio dos lúpulos terrosos, algo cítrico. Na boca, ótimo equilíbrio entre o caramelo do malte e o amargor do lupulo, com notas terrosas, europeu. Algo de uísque, com final longo e aquecedor. Ótima breja! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (304) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle. Still sometimes see this year around but this is an old rating from notes. Red amber pour with a generous beige head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet and boozy, toffee, some fruity notes. Sweet taste as well. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2014
bottle, opened in 2014. clear ruby with a steady off-white head; slightly medicinal aroma with hints of griotka, czech cherry liqueur; mellow warming alcohol, balanced and enjoyable

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - AUG 8, 2014
Viszonylag visszahúzódóan induló illatát édes és lágyan pirított maláta teltsége, valamint egy egyre intenzívebb, aszalt gyümölcsös, enyhén füstös aroma adja egy likőrösen alkoholos lepellel. Íze voltaképpen ezen elemek egyenes vonalű folytatása, leginkább az édesebb, karamelles - gyümölcsös, narancslekvárt idéző zamatok fölényével, majd a minőségi komlók szigorú utóízével, mely még tekintélyesebbé teszi ezt a méltóságteljes ízvilágot, ahol az ízek követhetetlen játékossága és vibrálása helyett a kiegyensúlyozott és igen letisztult, ám korántsem unalmas zamatoké a főszerep. Jóleső érzés keríti hatalmába az embert kortyolgatása közben, mivel árad belőle a megnyugtató kifinomultság és harmónia - minden kortya maga az elegancia.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from Supermarket Liquors in 2012. Appearance: finger khaki head that does not last, orange cloudy color. Aroma: biscuit, floral, molasses, cereal. Palate: medium body, alcohol warming, dry bitter finish, average carbonation, oily and sticky textures. Taste: sweet molasses malt into medium floral bitterness. Overall, love this beer! very good balance, super smooth and drinkable, just very much my style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2263) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Bottle # 003684. Clear copper in colour with a thin dissipating white head, very light lacing. The aroma is of caramel, light alcohol, floral, nutty, bready. The flavour is nutty, slightly sweet, bready and floral. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, some sweetness and some warmth. I like this as it seems more drinkable fresh as the previous years. I’ll have to pick more of this up and save some.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2364) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bright amber coloured with a large foamy head. It has spicy red fruit, almonds and peppery hop flavours followed by a sweet warming finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1004) - 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.


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