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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

bottled
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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, Released August 2012.

The 2012 Vintage Ale, our 16th, is brewed with three of this year’s 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 Fuller’s ales.


JRHBrew's rating

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, - DEC 13, 2012
I love the yearly vintage ale offerings and this is certainly one of the best. Just a little bit nutty in a good way.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4733) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2014
50cl Bottle via trade with Benzai, cheers René! Clear copper/amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of lots of sweet dried fruits, oranges, raisins, sherry, confit fruit, toffee, booze, some marmalade, grassy hops. Flavour is quite sweet, balanced by a firm grassy bitterness, caramel, raisins, sherry, confit fruits, orange marmalade, some oxidization, decent bitter finish with quite some alcohol. Medium to full-bodied, sticky. Nice, but 50cl was a bit too much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RhetoricalAns (267) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle. Copper amber pour with a generous beige head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet with some more wood, and fruit. Taste is toffee,orange. Liked this more than 2012, maybe because it was less boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5805) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1235) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2343) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is boozy, caramel, light fruit, taste is thin, sweet, caramel, fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6800) - 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 (487) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2014
Limpido color ramato con soffice e fragile cappello di schiuma biancastra poco persistente. Al naso è 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 (2285) - 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.


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