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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012

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

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RATINGS: 184   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 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (740) - 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 (4381) - 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 (659) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2614) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). Clear amber with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is of malt/caramel, slight piney notes and fruits. Some alcohol too. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel and fruits. Medium body. Well balanced, but not too complex. Enjoyable, but far from exceptionnal.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5341) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 1 pt ,9 oz bottle - bottle #110698. Pours a medium copper, slightly murky with a tight off white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma is just slightly boozy with some port accents, a touch of licorice, some brandy. Flavor is bold and delicious with some brandy notes, some dates and raisins, a brief hint of chocolate and a back end of bourbon. Just slightly more boozy than past renditions of this old favorite. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Nice one to while away a rainy evening with.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1324) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 (Bottle number 51917)in a goblet Fullers’ vintage annual releases are often so hit-and miss I don’t have the motivation to seek them out...a Bit raw today , boozy fuggles and jamish caramel. Needs age .

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 120262. Pours with a clear sunset orange hued body with a medium sized reslient off white head. Aromas if sweet biscuity malt, corn bready, toast and caramel, marmalade, mild herbal hops, straw, port and vinous. Light vanilla, tangerine and toffee. Flavors are bitter and tea like with brown sugar, floral and herbal hop character with strong bitterness, mild toasty malt, marmalade and a few esters. I love this series, but not my favorite vintage fresh. Fuller carbonation, medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. Red golden -orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, berries, caramel, dried fruit, pine. Flavour is fruit, malt, berries, caramel, dried fruit, pine. Full body. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1022) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle number 63112. Pours slightly hazy deep amber, with a thin white head. Has a sweet yeasty fruity aroma. Taste is sweet fruit, buttery caramel, with a slightly sour finish. Good; interested to see how it will be in a few years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toffsbury (114) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
Nice "beer colour" brown-amber, generous head. Pretty clear. Aroma is a lovely buttery malt with that strong barley wine character. Flavour is very nice... Thick and rich and malty with a little burn. Tremendously good.


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