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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: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7511) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 500 ml bottle. #029486. BBE 2023. (Alko) Tampere, Finland.
Let’s give it a go probably still too fresh. A slightly cloudy amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweet malt, sugar, nuts, sweet hops and some fruitiness in the aroma. Quite sweet. The flavour is fresh hops, sweetness and mild bitterness. This needs ageing. I must buy another bottle to be enjoyed in ten years. To be revisited...

First revisit (Nov 2014)... No changes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
4theluvofbeer (109) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours amber with a white head that dissipates quickly. Taste of caramel dried fruit and wood with a light hoppyness. I’ve had 2008 thru 2013 now...this was my least favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle, LCBO. Pours a nice dark brown with an initially lively large foamy head, that quickly dissipates. Sweet caramel, some booze, lots of bread and wood notes in aroma. Same in taste - lots of caramel sweetness, especially in finish. Hops a little more aggressive than usual and this one is very very hot fresh - really boozy. Body seems a bit thin and watery. Long booze burn to finish. Built to age - pretty raw right now. Has potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle 027093. Deep amber pour with a thick off-white head. The aroma has a soft sweet malt backbone. Light apricot/peach fruitiness with a bit of citrus and light plum sweetness. The hop profile is moderately spicy with a touch of light woodiness. Quite fruity with a light malt sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden. A nice brew - I’d like to try it in a few years. Will have to lay a few down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ration (1977) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2013
161113. Bottle at home. Pours deep clear ruby with a disappearing head Aroma berries, almost a bit cider like. Medium low carbonation, although better than last year. Also less juice like, but still rather sweet. Not Bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6543) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle 500 ml # 058814
Aroma: solid blend of caramel with sweet plum, hinted with hop laced apricot.
Appearance: poured as clear amber with medium plus bone white top. Pleasant look of lace on glass walls.
Taste: soft sweet fruity syrupy base with light hop hinted backing. Alcohol quit muted, quiet different than previous renderings.
Palate: medium bodied with average carbonation, average lifespan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (3163) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, caramel, some caramel and some dark fruitiness, faint alcohol. Body is medium to heavy, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and some dark fruitiness - berries, light hoppyness and faint alcohol. Finish is average to long, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and light fruitiness - berries, some herbal hoppyness and light alcohol. Quite light-bodied for strong ale. Thanks to to hoppyness and alcohol in the finish this one is not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MagnusTjader (32) - Mullsjö, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
Fuller's håller alltid vad dom lovar, en härligt hög lägsta nivå. Smakar precis som en engelsk Ale ska göra och när Sverige slagit Portugal ikväll kommer jag gå in och höja betyget avsevärt... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fantti (744) - FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Kaatuu tuoppiin punaruskeana ja kirkkaana, vaahto on todella muhkea ja pumpulinen. Upean näköinen olut. Hajussa on paljon perinteistä karamellia ja toffeeta sekä viljaista mallasta, mutta myös britti-barley winelle tyypillistä marjaisuutta, puumaisuutta ja hieman hedelmäisyyttäkin. Jonkin verran karkeutta tuntuu nenään, muttei häiritsevästi. Maussa sama linja jatkuu, karamellia ja marjaisuutta sekä puumaisuutta löytyy, mutta humalointi on huomattavasti vahvempi kuin "perusversiossa" eli Golden Pridessa. Jonkin verran tässä on myös samaa karkeutta, joka korostuu humaloinnin myötä. Suutuntuma on melko täyteläinen ja kuten sanottua, melko runsaasti humaloitu. Ihan tasapainossa ei tämä kuitenkaan tunnu olevan. Melko hyvä vahva britti, mutta hieman raa’an oloinen. Humalointia tuntuu olevan melko reilusti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarpa (963) - FINLAND - NOV 13, 2013
bottle 50cl @ home. pours clear beautiful dark coppery color with a small head. caramel malty aroma with some fruits. malty caramel flavor with some woody notes.

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