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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013

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

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The 2013 Fuller’s Vintage, our 17th edition, is brewed with four of this year’s finest hop varieties: Goldings, Sovereign, Challenger and the trophy-winning Admiral. WIth a dry spring and wet summer, we have chosen a winter barley wich, when combined with our unique yeast, gives a rich and complex result.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8036) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2016
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 2023
Bottle #028641
Aroma is sweet and heavy with fruits and caramel. Also toffee candy. Flavour has toffee, dried fruits, caramel and mild fruity hops. Finishes with biscuits and menthol. Also flavour is sweet and heavy. More like American Strong Ale by aroma and flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6641) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Sampled from a 16 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy medium brown color with a large creamy-soapy orange-tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet caramel, toffee, black cherry, raisin and fig. The flavor was strong raisin, plum and molasses followed by toffee, a hint of banana and some brandy. Long finish. Medium body. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (88) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Bottle 500ml (2013) - cellared for 3 years. Served at cellar temperature. Pours a bright copper. Head is off white, averaged sized and is mostly lasting. Aroma is rich and complex, with notes of brandy, quince paste, spiced fruit loaf, glazed orange slices, aniseed balls (red), burnt toffee, toasted malts and chocolate (light). Flavour is a light, earthy hop bitterness with toasted malts, brandy soaked fruit cake, caramelized dates, dried oranges, burnt brown sugar, aniseed (light), rum and raisin chocolate (light), a pinch of cinnamon and toasted/earthy wood notes in the finish. Full bodied with light carbonation, an oily texture and a good length, warming finish. Top stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Tumman kuparinen, keskiruskean värinen olut melko pienellä vaalealla vaahdolla, joka häviää aika nopeasti jättäen vain aavistuksenomaisen kerroksen oluen pinnalle. Tuoksu tamminen ja viljaisa sekä alkoholinen, jopa aavistuksen viskinen, vaniljainen ja karamellisen makea, oikein toimiva kokonaisuus. Maku maltainen, karamellinen ja varsin makea, mutta samalla ennen kaikkea loppupuoleltaan hieman enemmän yrttisen humaloitu. Keskitäyteläinen suutuntuma, runko vähän turhan kevyt loppujen lopuksi.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drmet (788) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2016
2013 Vintage No. 012859 L: -pours a hazy glowing dark amber with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head -medium carbonation visible S: -sweet orange,strawberries,rose hip tea,apricots,spicy T: -spicy,caramel,orange,apri grapefruit -medium bitterniss for the style (surprisingly hoppy still after 2.5yrs) -finishes dry F: -low to medium carbonation -light to medium body -slight alcohol noticeable O: The "Imperial Bitter" description fits this nicely. Good overall, but considering the hefty price tag, i was a bit disappointed. I would take any of Fuller’s regulars (London Pride,1845,ESB etc.) over this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (2678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av karamell, smörkola, ljus torkad frukt, brunt socker och honung. Oljig, rund och len, lagom sötma, fina rena smaker i fin balans. God beska med toner av citrus. Mycket gott!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3271) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
Flaska från SB. Lite citruszestigare än vad jag minns att andra versioner varit men en hel del syltade citrusskal och lite mer beska. Annars är det mesta sig likt och väldigt gott.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Amber color. Caramel malt aromas, fruit and citrus, some vanilla. Sweet, caramel taste with fruits and vanilla. Rich malt base. Sweet lingering finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
Stone cellared in box aged at 15-17C. Pours a deep clear amber/red with a sudsy off white bubbly head retaining lots of lacing. Immediate nose of alcohol, raisins, caramel, soured ripe fruit, and yeasty brown bread. Sweet, and hoppy. It will all calm down as usual over the next few years. This is a particularly good batch as is, but I’d still give it 3 more years to really start to shine. Brown butter, mineral notes. Traces of iodine, molasses. Cakey. Finish is herbal and clean. This is very good.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
___Steve___ (71) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
Opened the bottle on June 25th 2016, it pours out a little murky with a soft quickly fading head with microscopic carbonation bubbles. Brownish orange ruddy colour like pumpkin pie filling, it’s unfiltered. You can smell the yeast aromas coupled with heavy notes of brown liquor and wood barrel slightly acerbic. Some stone fruit aroma like peaches balanced with spices cinnimon nutmeg influence the fragrance. Smooth and sweet at first with malt flavours coming up front. The taste has legs it lingers on your tongue and leaves you with a warming feel. After three years of cellar aging this beer it has become mellow and easy to drink, excellent for sipping.


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