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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: 189   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.


kevinsenn's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1055) - Waterloo, Ontario, - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle number 63112. Pours slightly hazy deep amber, with a thin white head. Has a sweet yeasty fruity aroma. Taste is sweet fruit, buttery caramel, with a slightly sour finish. Good; interested to see how it will be in a few years.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (4106) - 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 (272) - 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 (1491) - 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 (975) - 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 (4011) - 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 (56) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1131) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle #09129. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a branded stem glass. Pours hazy orange-caramel with a small off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge malty notes of toffee, caramel, honey, biscuit, figs, raisins and grain, along with subtle orange peel, apple and a touch of earth. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with huge caramel and toffee paired with apple, figs, honey, earth and a subtle grassy, citric hoppiness for balance. The finish is long and malty with toffee and subtle spicy, grassy hops. On the palate it is light-medium in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent English strong ale. Lighter than previous vintages, it still has an impressive malty complexity. 2014-05-10

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (471) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle. Amber body with off white head. Aroma is some honey some malts and some yeast. Taste is malts and some alcohol some dark caramel. Aftertaste is medium bitter with malts. Was expecting more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle 114359, Sampled 4/23/14. cloudy copper color with a small head. Light bready, yeasty aroma. Grainy and caramel laden malt flavor. Thick and chewy. Light bitterness. Slightly dry finish.


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