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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: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


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   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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2014
This is bottle number 117376 from 2012. it is oxidized and that is why the rating is so low. I almost hesitated to do the review but I wanted to show my tasting notes for those who may or may not have had an oxidized beer before.

This pours a hazy orange amber with golden hues. Fat head of tan foam that fell slowly enough and left a thin ring, a film and some lace to look ate. A few bubbles can be seen making their way to the top.

Nose is caramel and orange peel. The orange has some of the freshness still on it and so it’s juicy. There’s white grape a bit of nutty toffee and an underlying borderline metallic scent. It smells a bit like paper too. There is prune on the nose with a bit of sour scent and a buttery scent as well. There is also a scent that I would call treacle or a sweet sweetness that I cannot attribute to any fruit.

The drink had a nice bit of juicy fruit on it. The orange, a bit of apricot tartness and the white raisin. The caramel is nutty and rich, the toffee light. It has a cardboard flavor that is always between you and any of that goodness. It’s also buttery like popcorn. The metallic undertaste is always there. There was a leafy leathery hop character in the drink that would have been a nice dimension to the flavor. Tart prune.

I would recommend that you try it but this bottle was obviously not what the brewer intended.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5116) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2014
500 ml bottle in cardboard box, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle No. 35525. ABV is 8.5%. Amber to copper colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Fairly strong aroma of malts, toffee, raisins and oak. Medium sweet and malty flavour, very pleasant, notes of toffee and raisins again, some oak and moderate hops in the background. Might still develop further with cellaring, but is well worth drinking now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2014
from Mondial de la Bičre 2013, Mulhouse - cloudy dark amber beer with a little foam left; light spicy hoppiness and strong notes of caramel; full-bodied and pretty sweet; some earthy and light tart bitterness; long spicy hoppy finish with long notes of caramel

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2099) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s [Dec 2013]
Dark amber, slight haze, big frothy off white head, dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - sweet caramel, slight sweet fruits, soft alcohol, touch of sherry, slight perfumy aroma
Taste - Soft sweet caramel, soft fruits, marmalade, some alcohol, some spicy hop in there, bit boozy
Palate - soft carb, medium to full body, quite oily. Finish - soft sweet, warming alcohol, bit boozy
Overall - Decent strong ale, but found it very boozy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansjelaah (1374) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @joes. Copper/Brown color. Smells and tastes malty, grainy, tea, sweet, caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4018) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ joes (mini vertical). Clear orange to amber colour with a small white head. Smells rye, sweet, caramel. Tastes sweeter than the ’13 version. Slightly sugary, caramel and tea. Medium body, soft carbo.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8224) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. A bit lighter in color than the 2013 version. Aroma and taste malts, tea, leaves, lightly bitter but also a touch of sweetness and some alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Fantastic stuff. Nice thick orange pour with a great sweet toffee aromas. I get a candied citrus type flavor in there too. This is very smooth. Sweet Honey and dried fruit flavors with enough hop presence to keep if from being cloying. Well executed ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
Hazy amber. Thin head. Aroma has alcohol, sweet carckers, marmalade. Earthy sweet little barrel, balanced w orangey hops. Big stuff.


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