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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Banksiz (94) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 10, 2015
Malty caramel nose with a touch of molasses and orange peel. Sweetish, with a bitter backing. Full, creamy body with a pleasant bitter finish. Great effort. Maltiness well-balanced by the bitterness. A lot of flavor packed into an 8.5% beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (159) - - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours hazy orange with minimal head. Body is full with mild carbonation. Aroma is very malt driven. It has loads of honey mixed with booze, brown sugar, apricots, orange and nuts. Taste is fairly similar. Begins quite sweet which develops into lots of boozyness. Along with subtle hints of dried apricot and orange comes dried nuts, slight caramel and slight toffee. A warming burn of booze in the throat creates for a dry, slightly sweet, nutty finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9542) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle. Lovely hazy deep orange with a soft persistent golden head. Rich doughy malts, sponge toffee, orange peel, sherry high notes. Very smooth and balanced, a joy to drink. One of the best vintages in recent memory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (1185) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours ruby red with an off white head. Raisins, caramel, black currants, nuts, maple syrup. Sweet, medium-full body, some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2015 Bottle. Pours hazy orange with foamy beige head, bit soapy. Aroma is seriously malty! Jam, sweet, dried fruits, malty caramel, honey, slight booze. Taste is sweet, malty, bread, toffee. Medium to full bit sticky body with slight toasty finish and slight bitterness. Some alcohol in finish too. Could have used a year ore two more aging. Great port aroma as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2015
Stark. In der Nase NŁsse, LikŲr, Zucker, helle FrŁchte. Am gaumen sŁŖ, malzig, helle FrŁchte, etwas flach. Insgesamt sehr stark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
(bottle, #024405) Hazy, deep amber colour with a beige and mid-sized foamy head. Mildly biscuit cara-malty aroma with mildly fruity notes of raisins, accompanied by spicy and slightly woody hops. Sweet and mildly bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Balanced biscuit and slightly nutty cara-malty taste with subtle fruity notes and spicy hops in the background; lasting and slightly juicy malty finish with balanced hoppy spice. Very pleasant. 30.XII.14

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BadAprilia1000 (404) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma is fruit, molasses, sweet bread, apple, pear, caramel, yeast, funk, clove, alcohol. Taste is molasses, malt, caramel, funk, clove, booze, green apple peel, bright pleasant fruit. Great beer, aged well over 2 years, wish I had the patience to hold it longer, it has a best by date of 2023.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3952) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle @ THT February. Pours hazy reddish beer with a quickly disappearing, off white head on top. Aroma of caramel, malts, some sugary molasses. Flavor is sweet, loads of sugar and some booze and a big base of caramel. A bit unbalanced and could use more age, but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4020) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bootle, courtesy of myself, poured @ dining room table, just now.
Pours a lightly hazy rust color with a decent enough head that fades into a small head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity, most specifically figs, red apples, and (more generally) cooked fruit. Itís got some toffee in there. It does for better or worse show itís alcoholic strength on the nose.

The flavor has an almost brandy like flavor, certainly alcoholic... but also in a warming way. Itís got some cherry, some toffee, & some vanilla... which is to say that itís on the sweet side but decidedly not cloying. The bitterness is low but lingers in the finish.

All together this is a wonderfully enjoyable beer. Not something thatís usually up my alley, but itís still fun to have something like this every now and again.

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