ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013 has a thick, soapy, off-white head, a hazy, orange-copper-amber appearance, a few visible bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind, which does slide to the bottom instead of sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma is full and pungent- sweet, sharp, bready, malt, a bit of fruit (more like fruit skin), and a touch of hop resin. Taste is all of that, with a very subdued hop bitterness to balance it out. There is a shade of alcohol coming across like barley wine. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013 finishes semi-dry, surprisingly drinkable, and not particularly alcohilic. There is no harshness, here. Overall, this is a delicious beer, and certainly one not to miss. RJT
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle, pours a clear copper with a large beige head. Nose brings out toasted nuts, toasted banana chips, English malt, and toasted caramelized bread. Flavour is similar, bringing out what reminds me of banoffee pie, with caramelized bread, banana, English malt and noticeable alcohol heat. Great mix of flavours, with a warming finish from the alcohol. Great stuff.
mjs (4202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l - No 028209, from Alko, 20140222) The beer poured deep copper coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized, almost white and it lasted long. Aroma had malts, molasses, toasted nuts, caramel and sweet hops. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, molasses, caramel, toasted nuts, sweet hops malts and bitterness. Aftertaste had malts, toffee, sweetness and bitterness. The beer was too young but it already showed a nice aging potential. When the harsh sweet components have softerned the beer will very likely be a real enjoyment to drink.
mmahut (536) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber dark body with high white long lasting head. Noses is mostly caramel, nutty, toffee, little bit funky with evident alcohol. Taste is malty sweet, light astringent, low medium noble bitterness. Body is full but flat. Good beer, not worth the money if drinked young.
deepeary (17) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle pulled out of the fridge for 30 mins, then poured into a tulip.
Aroma: Sweet, plums, brown sugar, bready, yeasty
Appearance: orange, red, hazy, white foam,w
Taste: Sweet, cherry, strawberry notes, caramel, no booze at all
Palate: soft carbonation, sticky, long sweet finish,
GRM (2797) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 500 ml, number 004474, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on February 5 2014; eye: caramel with an orangey hue, clear, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head that turns into a ring, slight lacing; nose: malt, grain, alcohol, toffee, slight Cointreau; mouth: malt, grain, alcohol, light banana, alcohol warmth, toffee, astringency, light Cointreau, finale in malt with presence of alcohol, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, 8,5 %, numéro 004475, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 5 février 2014; œil : caramel avec une teinte orangée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige qui se transforme en un petit anneau, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, grain, alcool, toffee, très léger Cointreau; bouche : malt, grain, alcool, léger banane, chaleur d’alcool, toffee, astringence, léger Cointreau, finale en malt avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : correct
thewolf (10708) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding. Pours lovely clear red amber with a fine, small, creamy, white head. Aroma has good fresh caramel, red apples, pine and light citrus. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has crisp malts, good caramel, toasted, light vinious. Fine floral and light piney bitterness to the finish.
ansjelaah (1045) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @joes. Copper/Brown color with a offwhite head. It’s darker than the 2012. Smells sweet, caramel, alcohol. Tastes sweet, caramel, bitter, dry and alcohol.
DutchDrebus (3368) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ joes (mini vertical). Clear amber to copper colour, small off-white head. Smells glue, alcohol, malts. Tastes malts, caramel, hay, barley wine. Medium body, dry feel, crisp carbo.
Benzai (6274) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. Clear rusty reddish color, small off-white head. Smell malts, sweetness, some alcohol and overripe fruits. Taste malts, overripe fruits, leaves, slightly sweetness, but also some bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice. Like it.