Fuller's Vintage Ale 2012

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottled, Released August 2012.

The 2012 Vintage Ale, our 16th, is brewed with three of this year’s finest hop varieties including, Goldings, award winning Sovereign and Target hops. These combined with our unique yeast and organic barley grown by Sir James Fuller on the Neston Park Estate result in a wonderful limited edition brew that has a luxurious flavour.

Individually packed and numbered, this bottle is one of only one hundred and twenty five thousand produced

Although we are obliged to state a best before date of 2015, like a fine wine or whisky, this mellow golden ale will improve with age for many more years

Being bottle conditioned, the beer will form a natural sediment, so pour carefully, sit back, and enjoy this, the very finest of Fuller’s ales.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, - DEC 13, 2012
I love the yearly vintage ale offerings and this is certainly one of the best. Just a little bit nutty in a good way.

Erzengel (9540) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2017
Bottle from my cellar. No. 69727. Smooth malty caramelly nose. The beer starts smooth and intense. Caramel, round fruity. Wood, quite sessionable. Easy to drink, fruity and yellow fruit over a dry body.

Spab (4085) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2017
500 ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a lightly cloudy rusty orange colour with small off-white head. Aroma is toffee, rye bread, spice, wood and a little dried fruit. Flavour has lots of sweet toffee, rye bread crust, wood, raisin, spice and herbs. Average plus body. Very nice sipper.

tmrmwel (2275) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2017
Bottle, beer#40 vintage 2012, 35316, five years after bottling. Pours hazy mahogany, with a big creamy head receding to finger thickness. Aroma is grassy hops with herbal and earthy notes, as well as roasted malts with bread, toffee, heather Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is roasted malts with bread, toffee, honey, kandi and dark fruits, as well as earthy hops with herbal notes.

Blade86 (1420) - Wroc³aw, POLAND - NOV 5, 2017
reddish amber, clear; medium, long-lasting off-white foam, nice lacing; sweet fruity caramel aroma with some woody notes; medium sweetness and bitterness; medium+ body, oily feel, average carbonation, long bittersweet slightly warming finish; Overall: balanced, tasty and pleasant, very good

daniele (9680) - ITALY - JUL 28, 2017
ambrato carico buona schiuma piuttosto persistente mandorla lieve ossidato caramello discreto corpo buona dolcenza ma bilanciata da un discreta luppolatura

BeerLieutenant38 (162) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 17, 2017
Deep amber colour with white head. Full caramel and fruit aroma. Flavour is rather sweet, with a strong alcohol presence and subtle bitterness. Full bodied with slightly sticky texture and long finish.

Inbreak (6538) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2017
11.06.2017, 0,5l bottle (#13317) @ William K:
Nice slightly bubbly-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet fruity, caramel malts, raisins, minerals, grass, alcohol, toffee, fruit stones, prunes, knekk, bark, hay, sour berries. Taste is slightly sweet mineraly, raisins, hay, minerals, fruit stones, caramel malts, grass, knekk, prunes, alcohol, toast, berry skin, toffee, leafs. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mineraly mouthfeel. Nice.

The_Osprey (9163) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
December 2016 - Bottle share at One Canada Square. As ’Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012’, 8.5%. Very dark orange or brown, translucent, foamy tan head, full lacing. Aroma is quite airy, toffee and bready malts. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is light toffee malts, apple, papery into the finish. Maybe tastes a little older than it is. (3.1)

Nuffield (4201) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Part of a vertical tasting of vintage years 2008 through 2015, drank in January 2017. 2008 (bottle #127432) was rounded out to a solid caramel, with that lovely oxidation that makes vintage beers what they are. 2009 (#105287) suggested some tobacco and a luscious nose. 2010 (#094046) help up better than the 2011 (#108000), with better caramel flavors and some fizz; the later year was just flat and old tasting. 2012 (#125741) was clearly brighter in the nose, though losing some of its body, while the 2013 (#109909) was showing some signs of oxidation. 2014 (#141264) was equally bright with 2015 (#134049), and both were worthy bottles that I could have enjoyed had I just been sitting with the whole bottles. Thanks for my friends for joining me as I shared these bottles.

MrBeerFanatic (1069) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Pours a pretty deep red dark caramel with a medium thick head. Aromas of sweet aged caramel malts, light whiskey barrel, wood. Flavors sweet caramel, light whiskey barrel, light wood, faded grassy hops. The flavors have mellowed out over the years (4-5 years aged). Pretty decent.

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