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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: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnoaksson (700) - , SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2013
Få ord patinerar en produkt i lyx och exklusivitet som "vintage". Kanske att det finns en undre gräns för vad denna statusmarkör tål - vintage burkskinka känns svårsålt, till exempel - men i Systemets nischsortiment är det förstås ett honnörsord som får varje ölkonnässör att ställa sig i givakt. Lägg på det till Fuller’s och du har en ordföljd mer åtråvärd än "Sesam öppna dig". Med allt det sagt är förväntningarna orealistiskt höga men årgång 2013 låter inga löften gå till spillo och ser till att glasen aldrig kan uppfattas som halvtomma. Fyll på tills det fyllnar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1219) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
500ml bottle No. 086939 from Fullers online shop, rated 21Sep13. Pours a clear copper orange-amber colour, bubbly beige head that quickly dissipates away and aroma of malt, nutty & fruity. Taste is malty, some caramel, sweet dark fruity with a warming bitterness and earthy & alcohol notes. Slick oily mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8189) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2013 One third pint poured from cask at the Fuller’s Bar, Great British Beer Festival 2013 on the first day. A slight haze to a dark amber coloured body. A beige ring to the rim of the glass. Rather restrained aromas of earthy malts and herbal hops. Prominent taste of fruit cake with ingredients of different dried fruits, caramel, dark leaves, berries and warming alcohol. Bittersweet tail. Full bodied. Smooth, oily textured. A bit sherry-like. Very nice and it’s supposed to get even better in a few years’ time (London Olympia 13.08.2013).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1154) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2013
Third of a pint of tap at the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Clear copper red-orange, short-lived head. Nice fruity aroma. Dry, bitter, smooth with a fair bit of body. Doesn’t have the sparkle of previous vintages’ however. A touch vinous, fruity, pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1923) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
Cask at the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a hazy dark ruby colour with a thin off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and a slightly sharp unripe fruit note. Flavours of dates, raisons, figs and molasses. Leaves with toffee, burnt sugar and some pine. Not bad, but it seems a bit of a shame to waste some of this by dispensing it too young in a cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2013
Cask @ Bishops Arms Gustav, Malmö. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit caramel aroma. Fruity malty dark fruit caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1500) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2013
Pours light amber with a large foamy head that settles fairly quickly. Aroma is caramel, figs, malt, honey, hay. Taste is caramel, honey, orange zest, hay, slight boozy notes. Not the best vintage, but still good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Cool_Bond (1494) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2013
Meaningless drinking beer. Dull taste and smell. Thin aftertaste. This beer I do not understand that you can drink. I feel bad just to drink this beer. YIKES! Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamTheBarrel (461) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 500ml 2013 vintage bottle, pours cloudy dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of apricots, maple syrup, raisins, plums and herbs. Taste is similar to the aroma, strong and complex also with some sweetness and a hint of liquorice, possibly dark muscovado sugar. Warming as it is high on alcohol, however you can’t taste or smell it. Medium body with thick creamy texture and low carbonation. The beer also comes in a very appealing presentation-box and bottle. Very pleasant and luxurious to sip, like a glass of fine cognac.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9114) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2013
Cask at GBB ’13, 15/08/13. Lightly hazed dark amber with a verythin off white head. Nose is dark fruit mash, light caramel, sugars, figs, raisens. Taste comprises raisens, caramelised sugars, dark fruits, fruit loaf, figs, dates. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry finish with a touch of booze. Drinkable stuff but you can tell it’s not quite ready yet, a little unrefined and raw around the edges, revisit in 5 years time!

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