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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: 192   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (2488) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (505) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1026) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7364) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaartenRF10 (1586) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2013
Clear brown. Tan head. Port, caramel, raisins, overripe fruit. Lot better and tastier than the 2011 version!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3031) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2013
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika ( a while ago). Golden color, good foam. Malty aromas, dried fruits: good aroma intensity. Medium body & complexity. Some sweetness, but well balanced . Very enjoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1618) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle, a number 71427, enjoyed about one year old. The beer pours beautifully, amber colour, a head is medium, creamy and beige. The nose is quite sweet and strongly orange marmelade, caramelly malts, some fresh fruits and raisins. The enjoyable aroma. Taste is rich of malts, caramell, ripe fruits, enough of bitterness to dry the sweet taste. Raisins and dry herbs in the end. Almost full bodied, mild carbonation, not heavy to drink. Very nice, sweet, but still balanced, the great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4292) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
pours clear golden orange with a nice white head, some retention and lacing. doughy, bready, fruity and spicy toasted malts, caramel, booze (even after more than a year cellared), pine, raisins, woodsy notes, candi-character, coriander hints. english yeast. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, slightly harsh lightly piney-grassy-citrusy-spicy finish. good dose of complex caramels. enjoyable but nothing spectacular.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5229) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle - No. 100811. Amber pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with strong fruit notes, soft floral hops, caramel and toffee. Hints of honey and toasted bread as well. Taste is sweet malt, light toffee, ripe fruits, floral hops, honey covered apples, dark bread and light earthy notes. Body is medium and a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Slight warmth from this, surprisingly! Ends with more caramel, ripe fruits, toffee , light earthiness, floral notes bread and light booze.


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