Brewed by Fuller's Brewery (Asahi)
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This year’s Vintage Ale is the 21st edition of our limited edition brew and, like any great 21st, we’ve celebrated in style. The 2017 recipe has been created by our new Head Brewer, Georgina Young, and, in the spirit of all things new, uses a malt and hop combination never seen before in a Fuller’s beer. The Denali hop has a big, inviting aroma that imparts pineapple, citrus and pine notes – perfect for bringing a tropical touch to the Vintage Ale series. It’s been used here both late in the boil and for dry hopping, dovetailing with classic British hop varieties Target and Goldings. We’ve also used a new malting barley this year – a British variety called Laureate. New varieties don’t come along very often, so we thought it fitting to use one this year alongside our new American hop. As with every Vintage Ale, it’s a special beer inside and out, perfect as a gift or to add to your collection.

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Inoven (1646) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2019 Flesje gedeeld door Benzai. Amberkleurig bier met weinig schuim. Aroma is houtig en hooiachtig. Smaak is bitterzoet met een hint van donker fruit. Nasmaak is iets bitter. Weinig body.

explosivedog (3538) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2019 500ml bottle. Pours orange brown with a pillowy white head. Cherry, biscuit, caramel, strong toffee, bit of sweet wine, strawberry, pineapple. Gorgeous soft body. Wonderful.

EvNa (1476) - Ede, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2019 Bottle. Color: Copper, very long lasting soft off-white head. Aroma: Malty, caramel, dark fruit. Taste: Smooth, almost creamy, medium sweet, caramel, slightly floral, dark fruit, prunes, vanilla. Hints of berries, very lightly sour. Boozy hints. Moderate hopbitterness, subtle citrus and pineapple notes. Over medium body, below average carbonation. Typical British. Great.

vinivini (4280) - Gomel, BELARUS - FEB 13, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2019 Foggy amber. Orange highlights. Small ivory head. Aroma: honey, sugared fruit, toffee, caramel, a hint of hay. Medium body. Taste: light initial sweetness, rich malts, nuts, oaky hints, honey, dried pears, floral hops. Light plus bitterness. Short ending. Overall, a well-tasting quality strong ale. I just wish it had a more convincing finish.

Alengrin (7217) - BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2019 The 2017 edition in this still enthusing series - brewed before sadly this established English brewery was taken over by Asahi... Vintage bottle from Willems, 50 cl shared with Goedele. Thinnish, breaking, egg-white, mousy head consisting of a steady ring and flattened islands over the middle, lightly hazed deep orange blonde robe with near-amberish hue and fine strings of lively sparkling, misty with deeper amber robe after adding the sediment. Aroma of old cheese crust, dried orange peel, old biscuit, tofu, tamarillo peel, candied pineapple, persimmon, whisky (very pronounced even), pine nuts, wet toast, dried pineapple, bread crumbs, old ginger powder, deep-fried tomato peel, light hint of brown honey, white pepper. Sweetish onset in a restrainedly fruity way, notes of persimmon, dried orange peel and apricot, alcoholic warmth apparent from the start, very vague dried meat-like umami aspect from proteins, softish carb. Slick, rounded but full, biscuity and lightly peanutty malt body, ongoing dried fruit notes but subtly so, smoothly gliding onwards into a heating, softly bittering finish in which a very whisky-like alcohol aspect takes over and overshadows the fruitiness of the hops, though dried orange peel, mandarin, sweet flowers and ginger-like aspects are still obvious enough; the hops provide a subtly rooty bitterness in an ongoing biscuity malt sweet profile heated by the alcohol. I like this series because each one is different and they constitute a long pedigree of classic English old ales inviting to compare vintages with one another, but so far I have found most of them to be a tad too hot in the alcohol department and this one is no different; other than that, I get the appeal of applying a fancy New World hop variety to a very old-fashioned English beer style, but this seems a bit contradictory considering these ales are intended for long-term aging. In this case, the hops still provide nasal sweetness, but in a faded and lightly cheesy way considering the age - which seems a bit of a pity. Interesting and flavorsome sipper like the others, but not the best one I had in this series so far and somehow I was expecting more.

pivnizub (11577) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2019 Bottle: Hazy, orangey coloured, medium-sized and pretty stable off-white head, moderate - still complex - nose of dried fruits and/or raisins with a touch of Miami, toasted malt and herbal hops, 'supported' by some booze; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, surely full bodied, but not very soft; lingering and drier hoppy, vinous and caramelly finish. Reliable and solid Fuller's quality...

AndySnow (9365) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2018 How: Bottle.
Where: Had at home.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, malt, dried fruit, some citrus.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, malt, fruit, spices.

ptitlouis57 (151) - - DEC 30, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2018 Robe brune, très fine mousse blanche peu abondante. Nez : notes discrètes d’ananas, marmelade. Bouche : on y retrouve l’ananas, agrumes, fin de bouche tapissant sur la vanille caramélisée. Complexe et bien équilibrée.

Holmen1 (8321) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2018 0,5 flaske (thanks Cimbasso!) delt med skibsrederen og skogsmatrosen på Holmens siste aktivitetsdag i 2018: vakker rødlig kobber med fint skum som varer. Vidunderlige inntrykk hele veien - her snakker vi om sviskeplommer, vellagret sherry, hint av tropiske og tørkede frukter (!), hjemmelaget plommesyltetøy, polert edeltre, engelsk fruktkake, honning. Flaske nr. 065909.

Holmen2 (5354) - NORWAY - DEC 29, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2018 Bottle shared with JMD and JFE at HNB 29.11.18. Translucent dark orange amber. Beige head and lacing. Excellent aroma and taste of dates, prunes, sweet malt, furniture polish of noble homes, plum jam and pistacchio.

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