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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2013

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


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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4826) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2015
(Fullers Vintage 2013) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, tasted side to side with vintage 2014. ABV 8.5% Dark orange colour on the body, clear, with a tall and thick enough off-white head on top. Good retention. Aroma of caramel, maramlade, dark fruits, figs, notes of nuts at first that fade away quickly, alcohol. Taste is sweet, with malts, caramel, a bit of cookie, alcohol, dates, raisins. Medium body, good carbonation, very dry palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nijstrom (280) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle. Notes of malt, fruits (plums), dried fruits and caramel. Heavy sweetness and mild/moderate bitterness. Thick and oily. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours hazy amber with a small cream head. Aroma of malts, caramel, light berries, toffee and raisins. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (1224) - Airvault, FRANCE - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle, 50cL. @Naintrť, with dad. A clear golden brown orange beer with a medium off-white head ; medium retention. Toffee roasty aroma, herbal, alcohol, fruity (prune). Medium sweet, light bitter, no refreshing, light warming. Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, sweet roasty warming finish. Overall, a pleasant roasty toffee english ale ; lack of depth. I was expected more of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesbeith (20) - - OCT 1, 2015
A sweet ale. ............................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Dark Amber Smells strongly of toffee. Also butterscotch, licorice, banana, and chocolate. Sweet, medium bitter, quite estery but in a British way, medium finish. Too sweet for me, but it is the malt bomb I think it sets out to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (1280) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma of dark and fruity caramels. Dark malty caramels in the aroma. Taste brings fudge with raisins and dark plums. Alcohol well hidden. Dry and licorice in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tappe58 (1) - - AUG 26, 2015 does not count
A great beer with aroma, taste and palate! One of my favorite strong beers, a must!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6324) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 20, 2015
500ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Deep dark amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Raisins, sweet, malty, berries in aroma. Malty, caramel, sweet roast, raisins, dark plums, tiny bit of yeast in taste. Raisins, malts and dark plums in aftertaste. Alcohol is there, but kind of hidden. Young and raw. Needs more time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 19, 2015
500ml bottle (Solaris, Tallinn)
Rich copper, nice tight off-white head. Initially a lovely raisiny sweet rich aroma, like itís already 5 years old. Later itís a bit maltier and mashier. Smooth sweet palate, soft carbonation. Occasionally has a very nice rich raisiny and woody malty taste, but some sips are almost bland and mashy. At its best, itís gorgeous, easily worth an 8, but the blander sips are dull and mashy, defintely way too young and raw even though itís 18 months old. Do like the bitter finish, itís dry and almost liquoricey. Very much look forward to this when itís aged a bit more. No plan to drink this again in the next 3 years though.

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