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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - FEB 1, 2013
In short, this is the usual beautiful dark amber beer with creamy and steady head, but that shows some nasty vegetables aroma (with the caramel), good body strength, round mouthfeel, traces of vegetables and iron along with the caramel flavor, very light nuttiness, moderate sweetness, correct bitterness and light metallic finish.
Bottle 087291, aged more than one year, but miracles don’t happen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3373) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2016
Flaska från SB. En av de äldre Fuller vintageölen jag druckigt och jämfört med andra lite yngre tycker jag att den peakat och vänt neråt. Lite murrigare, aningen platt men fortfarande fina dofter och smaker av torkad frukt men inte samma marmeladighet med skalbeska som de lite yngre. Dock fortfarande trevlig och god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (807) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Mostly clear copper/orange, with off white head, that lasts for a bit, and then fades away. Aroma is big time fruit, strawberries, peaches, bubblegum. Some cereal around. Taste presents more from the plum tree, and more of a caramel/toffee tone starts to come through. Balancing bitterness, not much hop aroma, not that you would expect it. Hefty body. Mellow. Put of orange rind starts to come through. Marmalade. Alcohol is concealed. Finish lasts forever. Much preferred over the 2010 variety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (306) - SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2016
Bärnstensfärgad med medelstort skum. Stor maltig doft med torkade frukter, marmelad, liten kryddighet och toffe. Fyllig, komplex med maltsötma och torkade frukter, liten fin kryddighet, en liten bitter och torr avslutning balanserar upp, lite vinös. Den har lagrats i fem år och har verkligen växt i komplexitet; en underbar strong ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimik (6) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016 does not count
Disponible à l'Autre Œil, ambrée, fruitée au nez. Maltée/caramélisée, fruitée ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (851) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
But en 2016. Ambré rouille. Beau collet pour une bière âgé. Fine effervescence. Délicatement sucré. Fruit mûre. Caramel. Madérisé. Un peu épicé. Marmelade. Finale sucré/épicé. Très bien. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13390) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Bottled, 500ml (075064) aged 4 yrs, from Sainsbury’s in Banbury, Oxon. Amber to brown with cream head. There is a rich, fruity aroma to this, berrys and a spicy note. The beer is rich and smooth with a caramelised character, seome sweetness, some toffee hints then fruity, deep malts. The earthy hops have been combined into the body nicely. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1958) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
500 ml bottle # 091239. Mostly clear orange copper, lasting tan foam. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruity. Taste is quite strong, rich toasted caramel malt, darker fruitiness, slightly grassy/herbal/floral. Softer carbonation, medium-fuller bodied (pun intended), moderately hopped. Very nice to share this with my British mate. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (3187) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle (shared by fatphil, thanks). Pours amber with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruits, floral notes. Flavor is sweet and malty, some fruits, vanilla, some alcohol. Overall: very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (2913) - ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Hazy orange copper, medium to small white head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, malt, slightly fruity. Flavor is caramel, hoppy and fruity notes, there is some oxidation, specially in the finish, which is a bit empty. Lingering fudge and malty caramel. Aged nicely though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4913) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2015
(Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5% Deep orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear, with a small and fizzy tan head on top, with low retention. Aroma of malts, wood, cork, sugars, light alcohol, fruity notes. Taste is sweet with nice malts, fruity notes, jam, light wood, dates. Medium body, carbonation on the high side. Nice.

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