tlind2 (1130) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #28954. Slightly cloudy amber color, frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma with hints of aniseed. Oily, hoppy flavor, but not particularly bitter. Juicy malts in the background, but the taste doesn't really come together until the beer warms. Full body, medium carbonation. Not my favorite vintage, but not bad either.
hawthorne00 (2432) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.
anders37 (16691) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ronaldtheriot (1247) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
Sammy (8628) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JohnCook101 (322) - - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SHIG (3586) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.