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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2013

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


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3113) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a gorgeous mahogany redish brown with a big, frothy beige head. Lovely spicy, golding aroma, with solid caramel, cereal malts. The mouthfeel is thick and luscious, the alcohol is present, but not over bearing, just a tad warming and spicy. The finish is grassy with mote subtle spicing from the hops. One of the best fresh fullers vintage ales ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Orbro5 (2) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2014 does not count
Sweet with aromas and taste of dried fruit. Mild bitterness on the finish. I have kept a few for the years to come. Other years have proven to age wuite nicely. 20072008, 2009, 2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blutt59 (6020) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottled, with Oliva Robusto, dense orange ruby color with egg cream foam, caramel toffee nose with great flavor of oxidized nickel, plum, caramel, maple syrupy, one of the best in the series fresh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Clearish brilliant dark copper with a wee white cap. Lovely nose of honey and toasted biscuit, with some lavendar and toast. Strong flavor featuring earthy toasted biscuits and honey and lavender and a certain boozy warmth, with some light sugar cane and light oak tones. Very full and nice and sweet and calming. A fireplace sipper without the giant strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7464) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from Waitrose Headington, Oxford, consumed at home Sunday 22nd December 2013 This is absolutely superb, top draw stuff from Fullers. We had this alongside a Rochefort 10 and clearly whilst they are not the same beer there were many similarities, its got a nice spicy peppery warmth, its got some lovely dark, dark sticky sugars. Despite its age its smoother at this stage than many of the previous vintages. Serving this in a Belgian chalice certainly didnít didnít any harm either, Loz (a big Rochefort 10 fan) was struck by the similarities as well. A little barley sugar, there is also a little curly bitterness, its damn good vintage, loved it! A8 A4 T9 P4 Ov17 4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2180) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Deep orange with a small off white head. Perhaps the best fresh vintage Iíve had. Certainly the best Iíve had in recent memory. Marmalade and hops mmmmmmmm. Lovely drop. HoHoHo

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonPet (6) - - APR 13, 2014 does not count
The beer is a nice red-brown with a foam that forms a firm head - though it dissipates pretty quickly. The aromas are malty with a lot of caramel influence of dried fruit and toffee. Add to this a slight roastiness with dark rye bread and chocolate. This is all balanced by a brandy-like fruitiness, or rather slivovitz-like with plum aromas. The taste is slighlty sweetish and quite bitter, with some fieryness from the alcohol. Itís a big, bold beer, but - unlike what my mention of slivo might imply, itís in no way raw. Itís got bitterness and alcohol to spare, but itís a balanced and elegant boldness. I really liked this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamTheBarrel (458) - 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 canít 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11130) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle No. 105177. From The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark copper with a foamy yellow/beige head. Aromas of malt, darkish fruit and leather. Med + body. Flavor is roasty malt, a little brown sugar, something suggesting dates, notes of peppery spice. Very smooth. Brown sugar tries to come out, but thereís something hoppy that makes it less than sweet. Certainly not dry, but nicely hopped. Very, very good drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1256) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Fullerís Vintage Ale 2013 has a thick, soapy, off-white head, a hazy, orange-copper-amber appearance, a few visible bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind, which does slide to the bottom instead of sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma is full and pungent- sweet, sharp, bready, malt, a bit of fruit (more like fruit skin), and a touch of hop resin. Taste is all of that, with a very subdued hop bitterness to balance it out. There is a shade of alcohol coming across like barley wine. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Fullerís Vintage Ale 2013 finishes semi-dry, surprisingly drinkable, and not particularly alcohilic. There is no harshness, here. Overall, this is a delicious beer, and certainly one not to miss. RJT

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