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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 257   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kita (1911) - 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 (7958) - 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 (9528) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3134) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle no 82042. Pours slightly hazy amber with small very light tan head. The head disappears immediately. Aroma is intense dried fruits, sweetness, hints of alcohol, caramel. Taste: fruits, sweetness, dark plum bitterness, caramel, noticeable alcohol but not overwhelming. Lingering bitter finish leaves nice alcohol warmth in the mouth. Overall: nice fruity and bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (124) - - DEC 10, 2013
Very nice indeed! I wasnít sure what to expect, but this beats any expectations I could have had. Basically imagine an awesome english ale, like, lets say, a supercharged London pride. However the "one of only one hundred and twenty five thousand produced", yes, 125,000! is quite comical, hardly limited.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2715) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours a reddish brown color with a large foamy canvas colored head. Notes of butterscotch, dark fruit, licorice, earth, and fruitcake. Feels over carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (3556) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle 15673. Clean amber with a short head. Aroma is malt and quite fruity. Flavor is malted toffee, spicy with a port booze base. Finish is warming fruitcake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (851) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
Ambrée. Voilé. Mousse dense et blanche. Nez: "Barley wine". Riche. Malté. Sucré. Beurre. Fruit confit. Toffee. Bouche: onctueuse. Très sucré. Caramel au beurre salé. Toffee. Fruité. Marmelade. Légèrement sapiné. Excellente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (3276) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Rich amber with no head. Sweet aroma with caramel and pear drops. Feels creamy and sweet at first with fruit cake notes before a smooth bitter finish and nice warming alcohol. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9667) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Lynn and Barry, they probably wonít ever read this but thanks anyway! I had this on Tuesday 12th November 2013 Pours orange gold, bit like Irn Bru, clear with a steady gentle carbonation. Soft in the mouth, warming in the mouth. I get lots of sweet marmalade but with a good bitterness that seems to expand. Bittersweet this really appears to have softened over the last year, I actually also had this in cask format at The Shoulder of Mutton a couple of times it was nice but this is one of those rare occasions where it is better in the bottle, probably because it has lost some of the harsh rough alcohol from ageing. Tasty beer though still not up there with the best Vintages, I think it is a little too sickly sweet, if it could lose a little more sweetness and add a little more citrussy complexity it would be heading there. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov14 3.6

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