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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (2961) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle at home from fullers old fishmarket
Pours hazy deep ruby amber with fluffy cream head. Christmas cake nose, rasins and marzipan. Fairly well carbonated body, candied peel then plenty of sweet malt and some yeast esters, perhaps some higher alcohols too, needs a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11183) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding. Pours clear amber with a small, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has nice caramel, red currants, grass, mild pine. Medium to low carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, caramel maltiness, grass, red berries, mild vinious. Lingering, nice bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3746) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lopisar (197) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
Smells a little of honey and nuts. Creamy taste, fruits, bread and a bit of alcohol. Not my taste

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogbomb (943) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3365) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1160) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hens (527) - 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.

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