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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.


mathieuc's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1264) - Quťbec, Quebec, - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 Pours copper with a nice head that receeds fast. Aroma is basically alcohol and some grains. Light toffee flavors with brown sugar and no noticeable alcohol burn. Easy drinking with low-med carbonation, An OK barleywine overall.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6679) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (477) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2014
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-abbondante, effervescenza vivace, struttura vellutata, finale lungo e persistente. Di classe!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2236) - Chesapeake, 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (4133) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (280) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1502) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle #90646. Hazy amber color with a medium thin frothy beige head. Aroma of berries, yeast, apple and wood. Sour and sweet taste. Flavors are oak, apple and caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (985) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber/copper with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Alcohol notes, golden syrup/toffee, orchard fruit, notes of Jamaican Ginger cake. Taste: Low/medium sweetness and bitterness with low sourness. Palate: Light grainy texture, light body, average carbonation, quite dry, bitter sweet, fruity, liquorice, golden syrup notes with alcohol warmth and pepperiness. Comments: Lovely and lace. Bottle number 73295.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4015) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Hazy dark copper under a bubbly/foamy beige head. Lovely nose of honey and fresh leafy hops, with some nutty toffee biscuit. It honestly smells like a more robust Fat Tire with a kiss of honey malt. Wow, honey has a huge dominance on the front of the flavor. Could almost think I was drinking mead, or at least a braggot. Smooth and full malt body with honey and toasted biscuit, with some slightly dry dusty yeast thats intrinsic to British strong ales, I think. Lots of almond butter and a little toffee with lots of honey throughout, slightly balanced by some earthy leafy hops that are generally really quiet. This is basically a braggot, as far as my taste buds are concerned.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyt (45) - USA - JUN 29, 2014
Cloudy amber with creamy head. Spicy fruit smell. Spicy, hoppy flavour with lots of dark fruit. Sweet and creamy aftertaste. Very tasty, easy to drink despite strength. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mandaritto (59) - LATVIA - JUN 14, 2014
My first craft beer! Good looking beer, good for gifts. When I tasted it I didnít know anything about craft beer so the rating was like 4,5/5. It was quite a nice brew - thick, caramel, spicy not too pushy bitterness. Prince/performance isnít good, but it was enjoyable. In my opinion, London Porter is more enjoyable and the price is 5x less than this.


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