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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: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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The 2013 Fuller’s Vintage has been brewed using the winter barley variety ‘Pearl’. The malt, combined with the award-winning Admiral and Sovereign hops, gives the 2013 Vintage a deep rich stone fruit palate, overlaid with cinnamon, pineapple and marmalade notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (785) - Ząbki, POLAND - JAN 6, 2015
Barwa i piana: barwa bursztynowa, głęboka, lekko zamglona. Piana lekko zabarwiona , kremowa, umiarkowanej wielkości o podobnej trwałości. Aromat: alkoholowy, winny i estrowy - czerwone owoce, wiśnie, śliwki. W tle nuty słodowe - tostowe i melanoidynowe oraz miód, co sugeruje utlenienie. Smak: słodki, słodowy z akcentem lekko kwaskowym. Wyraźne nuty owocowe (wiśnie, śliwki), nieco chmielu ziołowego oraz wyraźne nuty beczkowe (drewniane). Goryczka i odczucie w ustach: umiarkowana goryczka, raczej delikatna i krótka. Krągła pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie i nieco ostry, alkoholowy (winny) posmak na finiszu. 17 edycja tego piwa, w którym co roku zmieniane są składniki (m.in. chmiel). Miałem okazję próbować go dotychczas trzykrotnie (przed kilkoma laty oraz w zeszłym roku) i mam wrażenie, że ubiegłoroczna wersja była ciekawsza. Przyznam, że trunek spędził w mojej szafie ładnych kilka miesięcy, ale wymagam od niego przyjemnego starzenia się. W tym przypadku zabrakło mi nieco delikatności, a nuty winne są nie do końca przyjemne. Zarówno w aromacie, jak i smaku. Powinno być lepiej.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1370) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Aroma of raisin and brandy. Taste of toffee, raisin, marmalade, bitter finish. Very tasty. Maybe my favorite vintage ale. Or maybe I’m just really into it today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9165) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle(#24405):Deep orangey-golden, hazy, stable and lacy yellowish head; moderate to solid caramelly-nutty nose, accompanied by a slight alcoholic touch, some woody hops are there; medium to full bodied, moderate to solid sweet flavour, still a slight bitterness present, pretty full bodied; lingering caramelly and nutty finish, followed by balancing hops in the aftertaste. Yes, they can…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicke80 (239) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
50 cl bottle from systembolaget. Aged gor a year. Tasted simultaneously with the 2014 version. Pours golden amber with little head. Sweet aroma with caramell and sherry notes. Some fruits and fudge, nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (591) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle #110436 from a vintage sampler pack received. Poured into Belgian snifter glass. Reddish orange. Limited frothy head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, and heavy on dark fruits (plum and raisin). Taste is also dark fruit centric with some sweet, toffee elements. Decent balance. Finish is kind of abrupt. I think I’ve enjoyed the other, older years better but still a decent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (585) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Big Bottle with commonmac. Almost ruby with small off white head. Fruity sour alcohol smell. Sweet alcohol taste and finish is nice. Good balance. Dark fruit and decent complexity and a bit puckery. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReV2 (162) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Description - just about the same as everyone else has written. I’ve had every vintage since 1998 and while all previous vintages needed at least a year in the bottle to mature, the 2013 vintage was very drinkable in the year it was brewed. I don’t know how they did it but it worked and I’m looking forward to trying the 2014 vintage early in 2015.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kita (1365) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Cloudy deep amber color with medium creamy off-white head with yellowish shade and sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, sherry, wood, toffee and roasted malts. Taste starts with smooth, rich and sweet maltiness, mildly roasted, follows by rich fruitiness and mild notes of wood. Mouthfeel is warming and alcoholic, while finish is moderate bitter. Full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Good one, but I prefer vintage 2012...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
[6550-20140723] Bottle. Fruity floral toasted toffee grains aroma. Hazy, red orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Bitter toasted toffee grains flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(w/ DuctTape, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
Overheard: "It took a long time to get ready because, you know, it takes a long time -- when you’re having contractions -- to put on pants."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5679) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Amber color with medium white head. Strong malty aroma, head, red fruits. Taste, sweet malt, apples, red fruits, honey. Alcoholic finish. Tasty.

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