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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, Released August 2012.

The 2012 Vintage Ale, our 16th, is brewed with three of this year’s 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 Fuller’s ales.


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 (3302) - 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 it’s 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. It’s more bitter than I had imagined. Lot’s 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 (1131) - 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 (515) - 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 (3768) - Freising, 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 (133) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerheart65 (1000) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2013
Nro 600 so I hope this is Special. looks promising: bit hazy deep amber, big frothy head is off-white and long and leaves good lacing. Good medium strong aroma is nuanced: caramel, nuts, dark bread, ripe fruits, flowery notes, raisins. Full body, soft and round, mild carbonation, long malty finish, bit sweet and bitter, alcohol bit too evident. Good choice for your beer nro 600: tasty and well done, traditional british Excellence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (759) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle bought from local Sainsbury’s. Poured carefully into a pint glass leaving a bit in the bottle. Light reddish brown with a beige skim. Fruit and nut aromas. Lovely raisin, almond and vanilla flavours like a superior fruit and nut toffee. Warming alcohol, smooth creamy mouth feel. Felt like a special beer experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4454) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
50cl bottle #27341 from my local Waitrose. I thought I’d try one of these fairly fresh for my 3500th rating.

Golden amber with a tight cream head and moderate carbonation; the aroma is rather grainy with a touch of yeast; in the mouth it’s soft and creamy with lots of raisins and a thick honey-like body; leading to a dry warming finish with lingering almonds. Rather good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (665) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
Robe orange claire. Arôme envoutante de caramel, houblon, agrumes et fruits sucrés. Légère déception en bouche cependant. Rondeur moyenne. Très bonne bière.


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