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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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

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RATINGS: 186   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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2374) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2014
Clear amber with a light beige coat that hangs around. Aroma of kumquats, bitter oranges, strong bread, pepper. No oxidised notes to speak of, hints of biscuit I guess. Medium bodied, smooth, lowish carbonation. Sweet and breadcrusty with lots of orange peel, firm bitterness, peppery and slightly boozy finish. A bit vacant in the middle where I expected some heavier toffee and maybe peach. Good, but falls down a bit wrt lusciousness and presence.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16456) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish with hints of dark fruit.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of residual sugars with some dry caramel and minimal hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by some residual sugars with quite a bit of dry caramel malt with weird grainy notes. Hops presence is kept at a low level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol is easily detectable. I usually like to give a year to the Vintage for the malt to balanced itself out and take out some of the hops presence. Seems like it wasnít a good idea with the 2012 vintage since it tasted like a really old beer already.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1197) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012 has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a somewhat murky, orange-amber appearance, some stray bubbles, and very impressive lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, sharp, full, brown bread and light fruits, and the flavor is the same, with a noticeable, yet not harsh, straight-forward hop bitterness. Moutfeel is rather heavy, and Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012 finishes semi-dry, rich, memorable, and surprisingly smooth. The oddest thing about this beer is that I was told that Fullerís Vintage Ale mellows and smooths out as it ages, yet, this version (only two years old at the time of the review) was smoother and more approachable than the two older iterations. Overall, this beer is a must-try! RJT

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
On its way to becoming a barleywine, this one exudes rich maltiness. Big generous head on slightly cloudy golden body, and lace drapes. Smooth mouthfeel, with citrus hop finish.Quenching

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2147) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Dark amber orange body with foamy off white head and nice lacing. Corn and butter aroma, vanilla, quite sweet and malty. Taste is sweet and malty with a faint aftertaste of bitter hops. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnCook101 (303) - - FEB 21, 2014
Clear red-copper with a moderate off-white head. Simple on the nose, sweet and very slightly floral. Quite sweet taste also, toffee, brandy, cereal, perhaps a touch of pine. Quite boozy, the high abv comes through strongly, could perhaps do with being a little more subtle and perhaps with a bit more bitterness for balance. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: Poured a copper color with an off white head. Aroma is strong with malt and soft hops. Taste is sweet caramel malt and subtle hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle - BCA - BBE Dec 2015; Drank Oct 2013 - Orangey Gold in colour. Very Fruity; citrus oranges, tangerines, orange marmalade. Spicy. Very Malty; caramel & toffee, biscuity malts, hint of nuts. Fullers yeast; sedimented. Hoppy; earthy and spicy peppery hops. Slightly vinous. Warming alcohol quite well disguised. Good fruit/malt/hop balance. Sweet very fruity and malty throughout. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Very tasty. Lovely beer!


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