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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: 226   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.


Cirrhosis' rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, - NOV 29, 2012
Amber with hints of brown, a tall cream cap floats on top that lingers for the entire time. Malty with earthy hops, possible honey all show up in this mild but complex nose. Fresh plumb, hints of earthy spice, and a caramel finish. Smooth and creamy, goes down fast and easy. After second pour I get hints of banana in the finish. What the hell is up with "Adventure Time" this cartoon is fawked up but you can’t turn away. Possible cherry, and wood. Some acidity but it works. Always a good brew I look forward to it every year. Your apartment smells like polygrip and cat pee.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (253) - 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 (6699) - 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 (341) - 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 (529) - 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 (2249) - 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 (2302) - 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 (999) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1385) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OscarFalls (45) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1651) - 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. There’s 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. It’s 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.


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