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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: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 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.


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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (362) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle as a gift, thanks Mait. Had this for over a year now, thought it would be good to finally open it in a cold night like this. Bottle no 81 980. Pours a very nice hazy coppery orange colour with a big frothy creamy head that drops slowly to leave a film and strong lacing. Beautifully sweet, full, autumny fruits on the nose... plums, apricots, peaches, toffee, but also strong notes of caramel and honey, orange marmalade and jam, a bit floral even, and spicy, and after the first sip some alcohol comes out as well. Taste is very much caramelly yet not overly sweet, with those marmalade- or jammy autumn fruits in the background, and a lingering alcoholic warmth covering it all in the finish, with a little bit of spiciness and a whisky-like note. No bitterness to talk of. On the palate itís very nice and velvety, body is rather full, carbonation below average. Overall a good-looking, malt-driven, sweet, boozy yet easy-drinking sipper. Not sure if I need to finish all the 50 cl but I sure as hell will.

P.S. - Itís getting too boozy after Iíve slowly downed about half of it... Lowering it from 3.9 to 3.7.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (2625) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 Bottle@blackdoor. Orange hazy. Toffee caramels,on nose, oranges, dry apricots. Quite nice.

Bottle@wka. Orange with sediment in bottle. Peachy dry apricots, malty, sort of cola oranges nose. Full bodied, bit bready malty. Malty sweetness, dried oramge fruity finish. Nice drink. Flavourful..

-- bb

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (888) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
500ml bottle. #57,008. Mid amber shade, forms a nice big head. Aroma seems sleepy to awaken. Gingery spice, malty in a syrupy, caramel, medicinal way. Lightest of dark fruit notes. Seems to be a little oxidised already, which surprised me. Taste is caramel and orange peel. Nice, but a little uncomplicated. Either this needs more time or just isnít going to ever be interesting enough for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerViking (2689) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Amber-brown with a very slight head and aromas of toffee caramel and spice, reminiscent of a solid Tripel. Palate is rich and lightly peppery, with notes of honeyed marmalade and single malt whisky. Drying finish, with more spice hints and a light bitterness. But bottle no. 129,333 out of 125,000 produced - how does that work?!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (414) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle received as a gift. Thanks Nagy! Bottle number 114634. Poured into snifter glass. Very attractive looking pour...deep amber/orange color and a frothy beige head. Slight cloudy look. Aroma of dark fruit...plum and raisins with a hint of toffee and caramel. Gives off a boozy impression on the nose. Taste isnít as overpowering and impressive as I was expecting. Definitely the warming alcohol feeling. Mostly sweet with hops not entering the equation. Malt throughout. Boozy finish. Iím not really finding a significant difference between this one and 2011. Good but only need to have it once.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3935) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Amber in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of toast, toffee, apple cake, caramel and some herbal notes. Taste is of herbal hops, toast, toffee, and pear.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4168) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. The look is mostly clear, Amber in color, and has a beige colored head. The smell is fruity, toffee, caramel, honey, and nice. The taste is fruit, caramel, malt, toffee, alcohol, and good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (407) - Mexico City, MEXICO - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Sparkling amber/copper with a lively/foamy tan head. Dry aroma of firewood, berries, caramel, butterscotch and alcohol. Smooth and creamy, but robust. Slightly flat with moderate carbonation. Crisp malt character with a stinging hoppiness and a heavy alcohol/whisky finish. Pleasant fruity feel makes it easy to drink. Complex and with great character. A fine ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Percy0103 (203) - MEXICO - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. A mahogany beer with a big foamy white head and lots of gas. Aroma is of chestnuts, malt, wood, pine resin and alcohol. Taste is bitter, especially at the end, with some carbonation and astringency. It has a strong malt character and an alcoholic but well-balanced aftertaste. It feels really well aged, like a good whiskey. One of the finest English Ales I have ever tasted.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rane (919) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2014
Copoer colour with orange head . Aroma sweet malts some alcohol some oxidised notes. Taste sweet an a little cloying .


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