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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
[5565-20130701] Bottle. Boozy wooden fruit aroma. Hazy, brown orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Boozy malt grain flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2232) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Murky bronze golden and a thick but thin ringed head. Very busy and brassy nose, cinnamon and nutmeg. No hint of booze. Creamy sweet, ground lemon and clean bastardised malt. Surprisingly spritzy carbonation. Finishes clean and coppery.

Bottle, Tasting by Numbers Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle. Amber with white head. Aroma of dried fruit, sherry, resinous. Taste of dried fruit, sherry, caramel. Sweet and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21868) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
bottle at home ... deep brown ... big off white head ... sweet toffee fruits ... soft toffee fruits ... juicy fruits .. soft fruits ... soft toff fruits .. ligth sweet malts ... nice soft and juicy and rounded ... ligth warming sipper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours amber, nose is boozy, caramel, light fruit, taste is thin, sweet, caramel, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Medium copper orange, off white head, long retention. Nice sweet toffee malt aroma, bready. Sweet toffee flavour, very nice malt structure here, brightened by notes of ripe apricot. A bit sticky, but lifted somewhat by fruit acids in the finish. Fairly full bodied, and with a malt density that feels like a barley wine but just not as sticky. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2016 Limpido color ramato con soffice e fragile cappello di schiuma biancastra poco persistente. Al naso Ť un tripudio di albicocca, uva e mela cotogna con spiccati sentori di toffee; gusto dolciastro, rotondo e maltoso con note di caramello, frutta passita e cereali, mentre nel finale emerge un lieve tocco di tostato. Corpo medio, effervescenza vivace, struttura vellutata, finale lungo e persistente. Di classe! Con gli anni si fa ancor piý profumata al naso, meno "spessa" ma piķ profonda e piý asciutta al palato e con una vena etilica maggiormente pronunciata. Sempre equilibratissima.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
8/21/2014. From bottle# 108945. Caramel color with a fizzy tan head. Sweet malty aromas with hints of yeast. Sweet malty flavors, a bit buttery, dark fruit. A slighty boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2014
No. 122466. 5 for appearance - bottle suitable for homebrew re-use, good label, seal, presentation box. Foggy chestnut brown, khaki head. Superb aroma - sweet caramel, golden raisins, peat, aromatic hops, a little sweaty. The aroma mirrors the flavor - sweetish toffee/caramel, slight mineral tones, tannins, pleasantly bitter, wood. Malty, yeasty, hoppy - what a beer should be. Body is slightly on the heavy side, but the only minor, minor flaw that I could find was that the initial aftertaste went a little vacant at times. Nicely bitter and a little woody in the finish. Sort of a barleywine lite. Excellent. Beer Stop, Tallahassee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (821) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Pours an orangey amber colour, not much of a head to speak of. Plenty going on in the aroma- cherries, orange peel, fruitcake, malts. Taste is quite full, lots of flavours going on, orange marmalade, almond hints, fruity hops, you can also detect a bit of alcohol. Very tasty.

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