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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: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1443) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 6, 2014
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (5059) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
(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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (1363) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 16, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (263) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
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, Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3208) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
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 FRANÇAIS 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11349) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1629) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4515) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9621) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
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.

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