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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11457) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2014
from Mondial de la BiŤre 2013, Mulhouse - cloudy dark amber beer with a little foam left; light spicy hoppiness and strong notes of caramel; full-bodied and pretty sweet; some earthy and light tart bitterness; long spicy hoppy finish with long notes of caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2714) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburyís [Dec 2013]
Dark amber, slight haze, big frothy off white head, dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - sweet caramel, slight sweet fruits, soft alcohol, touch of sherry, slight perfumy aroma
Taste - Soft sweet caramel, soft fruits, marmalade, some alcohol, some spicy hop in there, bit boozy
Palate - soft carb, medium to full body, quite oily. Finish - soft sweet, warming alcohol, bit boozy
Overall - Decent strong ale, but found it very boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @joes. Copper/Brown color. Smells and tastes malty, grainy, tea, sweet, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5419) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ joes (mini vertical). Clear orange to amber colour with a small white head. Smells rye, sweet, caramel. Tastes sweeter than the í13 version. Slightly sugary, caramel and tea. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (12192) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. A bit lighter in color than the 2013 version. Aroma and taste malts, tea, leaves, lightly bitter but also a touch of sweetness and some alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2568) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Fantastic stuff. Nice thick orange pour with a great sweet toffee aromas. I get a candied citrus type flavor in there too. This is very smooth. Sweet Honey and dried fruit flavors with enough hop presence to keep if from being cloying. Well executed ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
Hazy amber. Thin head. Aroma has alcohol, sweet carckers, marmalade. Earthy sweet little barrel, balanced w orangey hops. Big stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kita (1753) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottled, 0.50l. Hazy amber orange color with large creamy tan-like head and good lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, dried fruits, caramel malt, vanilla and alcohol. Taste start with rich sweet caramel malt, nuts and strong alcohol, following is fresh fruity with spicy mouthfeel, lingering bitter finish and long malty aftertaste. Full body, thick texture and average natural carbonation in palate. I like these series...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7627) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle 49226 from Waitrose. Amber in colour with a decent, off-white head and slight carbonation. Warming alcohol on the nose along, with sweet, jammy fruits and a touch of cereal malt. Not too full in the mouth, with more sweet red and orange fruits, solid malts and a bitter finish, with more alcohol warmth. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (8695) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2013
500ml bottle at home, from the breweryís online shop. Pours clear pale copper, nice tight white head. Aromas of marmalade, fruit cake, uncooked fruit-cake mix in fact. Light spice and raisin. Taste has warming alcohol, spice, sweet dark sugar, and a cleansing finish. Glad Iíve got (I think) one more of these to age, as I think the raisin notes will come to the fore, and be great in a few years time. Lovely stuff.

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