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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottled, Released August 2012.

The 2012 Vintage Ale, our 16th, is brewed with three of this 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.

Dedollewaitor's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3701) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2015
(Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5% Deep orange to red colour on the body, quite hazy, with one finger of thick enough, off0white head on top. Good retention. Aroma has malts, english hops, sugar, light alcohol, red fruits. Taste is sweet and malty, with hints of hops, caramel, red fruits, dates, raisins. Medium body, carbonation on the high side. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
500ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Bottle #22352. Clear copper in colour with a thin but long lasting off-white head, good lacing. The aroma is of caramel, sweet malts, toffee, light alcohol, honey and vanilla. The flavour is moderatly sweet, lots of toffee, sweet malts, syrupy, moderate hops. Warming and sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes warming, sweet. Still young but we all know that these age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1198) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle 50 cl. Amber, hazy with a minimal white head. Hoppy, malt, caramel, yeast and alcohol aroma. Bitter, light sweet with a alc and caramelish end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8937) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle - Caramel and malty sweet notes with lots of raisin. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Sweet caramel, light sweet boozy notes, raisin and a touch of toast. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nijstrom (272) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle. Fruits (plums), dried gruits, malt and caramel. Very sweet and mildly bitter. Thick and oily. Quite dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2015
(Bottle) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with apricot marmalade, orange, honey, treacle-toffee, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Malty, fruity taste with notes of apricot marmalade, orange peel, honey, treacle-toffee, caramel, toast and a finish with a balanced citric bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Well balanced and really tasty, as usual. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2015
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 2015. Rated on 10.10.2015
Bottle #32360, vertical with Golden Pride from same year
Aroma is moldy and mild – with apricot, some alcohol and toffee. Even some metal. Flavour has alcohol, menthol, mold and apricot. Perhaps already past its prime. Gets a lot better towards the end of the glass. At first: 6-4-6-3-13=3.2, at the end 7-4-7-3-13=3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle 56220 from The Parcel Yard. Pours rich dark amber (or ripe apricot?) with a beige head. Aroma is fruity with some rich roasty malt support. Near full bodied. Flavor is rather roasty malt, but very smooth, some slight darkish fruits, The hopps are a bit earthy as well as fruity. Sometimes a quaff seems to be fresh light stone fruit juice. Sometimes the hops seem a bit oxidized (which I believe to be a signature of the series and one reason I love it). Ale to cherish. I think the finish is not dry, but I think it qualifies as bitter. Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (330) - ITALY - AUG 4, 2015
Si presenta bene, colore arancio ambra carico appena velato, bella la schiuma sottile e cremosa, leggermente tendente al beige. Al naso risalta il malto, il caramello e si avvertono già note alcoliche e di dark fruits. Al palato è tendenzialmente dolce, con accenni di amaro quasi assenti, . Molto bene l’alcol, ben evidente ma mai stucchevole, che riscalda senza eccedere, perfetta la carbonazione.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1709) - GREECE - JUL 20, 2015
500ml bottle. Unclear golden orange color with white head. Aroma is malty and light hoppy, caramel, fruity, grassy, herbal, alcoholic, wood notes. Light sweet and medium bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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