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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: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


Dedollewaitor's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14207) - Odense, - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Part of a small vertical with Bluntaholick. Pours clear ruby amber with a frothy lasting head and lacings. Malty nose. Caramel and fruit. Dates and raisin. Smooth with a bit of vinousness. Young!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8677) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
(bottle, #37921) Almost cloudy, orange-amber colour with a beige and short foamy head. Yeasty, mildly caramelly malty aroma with present fruity notes of apricots, raisins and traces of honey. Quite sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Slightly sugary cara-malty taste with fruity notes and a mildly woody and spicy hoppy background; sweet and restrained bitter finish with a tinge of woody hops and a muted alcoholic strength. 30.XII.14

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McSherman (186) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2015
Bewertung importiert von bier index: 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 / 5 / 6 / 5 / 6 / 83

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (312) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2015
No. 105441, poured into snifter. Pours a severely hazy orange into brown color with a good white head. Aroma is pungent, smell it before even putting my nose to the glass. Notes of malt, caramel, some basement funk without cheese, almost honeyed carrots, weak licorice. Taste is extremely smooth, has huge malt, caramel, and balancing hops that arenít bitter but still present. After a few sips this mellows into a fruity malt note that is very pleasant, probably the best fruit flavor in a ale this style Iíve ever had. Got this out of a four pack that had 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 in it, this is the best of the oldest three, canít wait to try the last one tomorrow night.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2740) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburyís Team Valley, Gateshead. 2012: Drank 2015-02-20, Aged for approx. 3 years; Dark amber coloured with a sweet and slightly tart red fruity flavour, almond and vanilla followed by burnt currants on the finish. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11000) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2015
tasted feb. 2015 , bottle no 32560 from superbrugsen enghavevej, 69dkk. cloudy orange, smooth but slightly bubbly orange head. Aroma is sort of like old ale, with notes of wood, wood tartness, malts and some finer notes of flowery hops below that. Flavor is like the finest uk barley wine you can get your hands at. malty and slightly sugary, also slightly fruity, but it keeps staying in great balance, faint herbal bitterness from the hops. Pretty well rounded and balanced english style barley wine is what i would call it, but strong english ale is also okay as categorization.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
3rd February 2015
Hazy amber beer, tidy pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and with a light crispness. Nice malts, creamy with mild caramel. Trace of toffee. Mellow spice. Nice dried fruits with a little orange. Finishes smooth with a little more spice. Comes together well, nice balance of flavours. One of the better recent Fullers Vintages.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11391) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2015
Hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is fruity and malty, with citrus, plum, pear and marmalade, with lighter notes of biscuit and bread crust, and light notes of grass, pine and earth in the background. The flavour is sweet malty, with plenty of fruity character, and a pretty firm hoppy, bitter finish. The marmalade and earthy notes really play a role here, with toffee and biscuit notes showing up well into the aftertaste. As usual, Fullers vintage doesnít blow you away on sight, but there are plenty of nuances to explore.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9160) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle(#37921): Deep golden, hazy, stable off-white head with a little lace; sweetish raisiny and woody nose, some sugary notes included; moderate to solid sweet flavour, barely full bodied; lingering fruity-vinous finish with a small amount of warming alcohol. Good, but not the best VintageÖ

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1533) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Appearance: Bottle 127656. Dark orange brown, slightly hazy. Nice amount of off-white head.
Aroma: Fruits, malt. Caramel.
Taste: Ripe fruits, some malt, slight alcohol. Caramel, roasted. Good.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Bern), 500 ml, CHF 8.80
Info: 24/12-2014, BB: 31/12-2015

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (445) - 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.


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