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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottled, Released August 2012.

The 2012 Vintage Ale, our 16th, is brewed with three of this yearís finest hop varieties including, Goldings, award winning Sovereign and Target hops. These combined with our unique yeast and organic barley grown by Sir James Fuller on the Neston Park Estate result in a wonderful limited edition brew that has a luxurious flavour.

Individually packed and numbered, this bottle is one of only one hundred and twenty five thousand produced

Although we are obliged to state a best before date of 2015, like a fine wine or whisky, this mellow golden ale will improve with age for many more years

Being bottle conditioned, the beer will form a natural sediment, so pour carefully, sit back, and enjoy this, the very finest of Fullerís ales.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3647) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2013
500ml bottle from Alko

Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma of sweetish caramely malts, toffee, hints of malts and grassy hops. Taste is malty, syrupy, sweetish and mildly fruity with caramel. Finish is malty and sweetish with some caramel. Okay, quite balanced English Strong Ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lopisar (190) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
Smells a little of honey and nuts. Creamy taste, fruits, bread and a bit of alcohol. Not my taste

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndrewsCheese (9) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013 does not count
Best Iíve had of the series. I never seem to be able to keep myself from opening these before Iím supposed to. This one has more sweetness than the others. Tons of marzipan sweetness in there with nice blood orange rind without too much bitterness. Love, love, love this beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogbomb (929) - ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle in presentation box. Hazy honey sunset with a quickly fading offwhite fluff. Nose is peach, with a slight "cognac", a little banana and some nice malt overtones. In the mouth, itís a joy. Warm banana-leaf maltiness, a cacophony of fruits from tangerine, through to peach, and boiled plums. Thereís a slight alcohol burn, but its sweet and has a taste like cognac. A real sipping treat and Iím looking forward to letting my other bottle age for a few years before diving in again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
DAMN I HOPE IT TASTES BETTER IN A YEAR OR TWO IT LOOKED SO DAMN GOOD TO IN THAT CUP I DON"T GET WHAT HAPPENED

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2013
0.5l bottle #35239. Love the solid wrapping and the box these comes in. It pours a really good looking near-clear deep amber body with a medium sized light bubbly beige top. So much caramel and toffee on the nose, but itís never over the top. Sweet, light fruity, green banana, some saltiness and traces of nuts is what I get out of this aroma. Highly likable. It has a average carbonation level and a gentle oily mouthfeel. A bit different in the taste than the aroma. Itís more bitter than I had imagined. Lotís of green pine cones, some red berries, dry leather, caramel malt and a little bit of old alcohol and green banana. Elegant and tasty, but I cant help feeling I should have waited a bit longer before I popped this. Still, I like the Vintage series from Fullers, and this was no exception. 14.02.2013

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1074) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2013
500ml bottle, No. 54354 rated on 18th March 2013. Orange-golden deep amber colour, thin tan head that dissipates away and an aroma of marmalade & malt. Taste is similar, sweet orange marlamade & malt, with raisin & vanilla notes and a lingering bitterness through to a dry finish. Medium bodied, warming mouth feel, lively carbonation, quite drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hens (506) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2013
0,5L bottle. (Nr. 90769) Reddish brown, bronze color and tiny head. Sweet honey and propolis aroma and maybe little raisin and currant. Taste is also to sweet for me. Soy, ginger, orange coming out. A little hard taste. Finish is little bitter and alcohol taste lasts little time on mouth. But summary beer is good and i enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (3680) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2013
(bottle) pours a clear deep amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of floral hops, caramel and white chocolate, with notes of physalis, kiwi, coconut and sourdough. flavour is mostly the same, lots of bread, peppermint and bubble gum, with a hint of alcohol in the finish. medium to heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fairwater (130) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle. Deep amber, moderate carbonation. Rich, slightly marmaladey aroma. Sweet, sherry - like, at first. Bit more marmalade to taste. Very light bitterness, slightly warming from the alcohol. Very nice beer. Glad I bought 2 of them so I can try it again in a few years time!


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