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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: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle # 119579 and served in a Fullers nonic pint glass: Plae amber with a smooth frothy head but minimal lace. The aroma and taste are a bit young and missing that richness character found often with many of the FVA. In fact the malt character of this is quite disappointing... where is the Optic, Maris Otter or even Golden Promise? Whatever organic malt this is, it is not up to FVA standards IMO. The Sovereign hops piney notes also seem out of place. Too bad the outstanding 2012 EKG crop got wasted here. Add the the mouth feel is thinner than often found in the FVA series and you have an utterly disappointing brew. I do not think age will help this in the least bit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
floydslip (136) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Gorgeous amber colored beer with a thick off-white head that lasts. Nose of sweet malt and sour yeast with hints of toasted bread. Taste is both sweet and sour at the same time, making for a deliciously balanced brew. Then, hints of vanilla and white chocolate come through, ending with slightly bitter nuts. Absolutely delicious. The only thing you wonít like about this beer is that your glass will be empty way too quickly.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimplySike (688) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2013
50cl. Bottle no. 40751. Pours goldenkopper orange with dusty white head. Aroma cherry, ripe dark fruits, toffee, caramel, sweet, malt. Taste caramel soft sweet, toffee, small little bitter finish. Mouthfeel oily almost siruplike, dome carbo. Amazing beer, soft in the mouth, great complex taste and aroma.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3/4 inch thick head of medium sized and slightly fizzy bubbles. Light malts and cereal grains in the aroma with some oasty notes and a bit of floral hops. Nothing really jumps out at you in the aroma. Color is a medium orange. Soft bready malts in the flavor with some more floral hop bitterness and light caramel malts. Light alcohol presence. A bit flat on the palate though. Finishes sticky malts. An ok vintage. here are better.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with a medium white head. A nice smooth nose of part and caramel, yeasty. The flavor is similar with woody and yeasty port, some robust sweet malts, very flavorful. Good. Solid definitive brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (752) - Guelph, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
Pours a manuhka honey, burn orange colour with a short lived thin white head. The aroma is sweet, malty, toffee/biscuity, with an underlying floral hop note. The flavour reflects this note for note. Ends on a slightly sweet astingent note. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4109) - Utah, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle shared by Doug at his going away tasting
Clear golden with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Flavors of caramel, ripe dark fruit and mild bitterness
Nice and smooth

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
2013-07-01. Crisp dark amber body with a large foamy head. Aroma is pleasantly malty, sweet, notes of English malt and caramel. Flavour is pleasantly malty, caramel notes, English malt character, modest bitterness. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Pretty nice. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish copper with a modest beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a rich pale malt flavor with a nice yeast presence and a moderately bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly veiled amber with a nice white head. Aroma is hoppy, earthy. Flavor is caramel, malt, overripe fruit, very sweet, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry. Finish is earthy and herbal bitterness. Relatively low bitterness that perfectly balances the fruitiness and sugars. Strong body, mellow mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Great, strong ale.


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