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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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

bottled
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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 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaartenRF10 (1594) - 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 (3062) - 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 (1641) - 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 (4362) - 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 (5249) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (1053) - ESTONIA - SEP 21, 2013
Copper with quickly diminishing off-white head. Nose is dried fruit, woody notes mingling with vanilla, berries, caramel, bready malt. Taste is malty, slightly sweet with caramel, biscuits; alcohol and mild bitterness in the warm finish. Lingering alcohol in the aftertaste. Medium to full body, smooth carbonation, oily palate. Very nicely balanced, smooth and easy to drink, yet has a lot of taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29284) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2013
Bottled. A dark golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, straw, and fruits.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4021) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep copper-hued clear amber body with a large, slowly-receding creamy off-white head. Sooo inviting. Nose is dense caramel, wood, vanilla, biscuits and hints of red berries and faint licorice in the back. Very smooth. Taste is similar, with caramel, bready biscuit notes, brown sugar, subtle cereal tones and hints of red berries and herbal licorice far in the back. Full body, soft to medium carbonation with a very high degree of smoothness. The vintage beers from Fullers are usually very pleasurable, and this is no exception.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (5872) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample at DōE 2013. Orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel. oak, fruit and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (605) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
Orange color, small off white head. Aroma of caramel, honey, plums, figs. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter, fruity flavor. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.


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