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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013

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


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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle 81329 from the brewery online shop. Clear amber, thin long-lasting white head. Aromas of fresh fruit-cake, if that makes sense, orange, marmalade, slightly chalky note. Mineral repeats on the taste, with more cake and orange sweetness. Caramel. Just a well-made English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhammaren (1430) - FINLAND - MAY 20, 2014
.5l bottle @ Harry’s Pours clear red with low white head. Aroma is nuts, alcohol, fruits, sweet malts, banana notes, herbs. Flavor is alcohol, nuts, caramel notes, almond notes, raisin and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light caramelized malt with light cereal notes and subtle residual sugar notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by lightly caramelized malt with some light residual sugar notes and some cereal notes. Body is about full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with great mastering of malt profile with limited hops presence. I did prefer this version than the 2012 version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3732) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2014
Medium off white head rich misty pink salmon pour medium carbonation aromas toffee caramel raisin alcohol cherries the flavours caramel dried fruits plums cherries brandy stone fruit a bitter note nice sweetness just lacks some body the finish good fruits involved alcohol malts very drinkable ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
[Bottle (500ml). No. 056219] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size lasting frothy beige head. Surprisingly mild aroma, fruity and malty, along with some perfumy notes and just a hint of wood and hops. Flavour is also malty and fruity along with some light wood and hops. A bit watery. Alcohol is well hidden. Average to medium bodied. Less complex then some years but easy to drink and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5435) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, fruit, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, raising, some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (4964) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
50cl bottle, Alko. Nr #029223. Deep mahogany color, thin white head. Honey sweetness, marmelade and ripe fruits in aroma. Marmelade in flavor as well, raisins, plums. Very smooth, warming finish. Not very complex, but I like the smoothness, enjoyable to drink.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Motobashi (106) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Poured a hazy, deep apricot amber with a thin offwhite head. Citrus and caramel notes. Lively carbonation. Sweet up front. Moderately bitter finish. The alcohol is evident, but not over powering. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
This one I got thanks to czar. Pours a nice and clear copper with not much of a head but what is there leaves some nice lacing. Nose is of raisins and brown sugar, some alcohol. Taste is sweet but also bitter, caramel and dried fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not disturbing. Body is medium-full, carbonation low. Mouthfeel is oily x syrupy and really just nice for a barleywine. Good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tinco (595) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep red clear liquid with a nice off white head. aroma: sweet fruity, raisins and caramel. Taste, sweet with a nice caramelly note. A lot of fruit flavors, alcohol is well hidden. Really nice

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