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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2013

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The 2013 Fullerís Vintage, our 17th edition, is brewed with four of this yearís 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 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4803) - 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 (10383) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2784) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2014
Vertical in 2014 with 2013, 2009, 2005 and 2000 Vintage compared. APPEARANCE: clear darker blond beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: alcohol, grains, little hops, fruity. TASTE: alcohol, fruity, sweet, some hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (2156) - FINLAND - JAN 17, 2014
The bottle no. 29071. A very beautiful beer, colour is dark reddish brown, a head is medium and creamy. The nose is quite sweet, dried fruits, orange marmelade and some caramell and herbs. Taste is rich of malts, dried fruits, some wood and caramell, nice bitterness for drying the taste. Almost full bodied, still easy and slippery to drink. At least a fresh as now, this yearís Vintage 2013 isnít so good as a one year matured 2012 version. This isnít so rich of nuancees. Tastefull anyway, nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (6440) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2014
11/I/14 - 1Pt. 2.6Fl. Oz. bottle @ JorisPPattynís place - part of a vertical: 2013, 2009, 2005, 2000 (2014-36) Thanks to PriorL and Mathieu87 for sharing the bottle!

Clear copper red beer, big fizzy aery white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, caramel, some tangerines, sugary, pretty sweet. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: fruity hops, citrus, grapefruit, some caramel, little bitter, orange peel, nice bitter hops. Aftertaste: caramel, some sweetness, sugary, bitter, some citrus, bit spicy. Young but very promising.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8562) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
Part of a vertical comparison, many thanks to M & L V.!. Small tan head; orange-amber beer. Sweet, banana, caramel and toffee. Liqueurish flavours, caramel in force, parsley and lots of alcohol. Finish is utterly sweet, on the edge of cloying. Slick, alcoholic, viscous. Probably too young for such a powerful ale, might be better in a couple of years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (5827) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2014
Wonderful, really wonderful piwo. Look of bottle and beer are beautiful but that doesnít matter. What matters is that warm welcome of fruits, caramel, grapes and bit sugar you get. A deep piwo you can easily compary to a dark, sweetish and heavy wine. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle, #034778, at Kick. It pours s small, light beige head over a mostly clear looking Amber colored body. The aroma is quite fruity, dried fruits mostly but also some plums and ripe pears. Almost meaty malts, toffee and prunes, and piney hops. Some alcohol. Thereís a little warmth in the mouth, itís full bodied and soft on the palate. A nice bitterness deals with the malty sweetness and dried fruits. A little meaty touch on the flavor too. Cellar is mentioned around the table, I agree with that. Warming, sweet finish with a nice bitterness. Pretty pleasant this one, bet itís even better in a year or three. 140111

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle 500ml (no. 034778) @ Gastropuben KICK Malt & Mat, Kristiansand Pours slightly hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, dried fruits, earthy and floral. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, caramel and dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (5838) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2014
Pours out of the bottle in a deep amber-ruby colour with steady, lasting head and smooth body. Wonderful aroma of hops and caramel-nuts. Taste of ripe yet smooth hops, light malt, gentle flowers, straw, nuts, torf and mild fruits such as apples. Sweet-torfish finish. A really nice beer.

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