Fuller's Vintage Ale 2014

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

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is the 18th edition in the range and has been brewed with three of this year’s finest hop varieties from both sides of the Atlantic. Goldings, from England, has been used for subtle bitterness and American varieties Liberty and Cascade were used in dry hopping to give a zesty, grapefruit aroma.

This is an exceptional beer that is only available as a limited release of individually packaged and numbered bottles. We have added a best by date of 31st December 2024 as this mellow golden ale will improve for many years to come like a fine wine or whisky. Being bottle conditioned, this beer will form a natural sediment, so pour carefully, sit back and enjoy the very finest of Fuller’s ales.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle, forgot to jot the number down, but just having one now. Dark copper with some haze, bubbly foamy head - looks great. Aroma of candied fruit, lots of bread and biscuit, slightly tinny hops. Mouthfeel is luxurious - soft, bubbly, inviting. Taste is good - warm alcohol surrounds sweet caramel malt and some light fruity and earthy hops. Not terribly complex out of the box this early. Finishes a bit too sweet for me, ,and that alcohol really does start to burn. But this is a promising start.


3
Bill Becker (2050) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 18, 2018
Best before end 2024. Pours a hazy rusty brown, nice head of foam and lacing. Smells of caramel malt, oxidation which brings some notes of sherry and cardboard, raisins, toffee. Tastes a bit sharp, less smooth than other vintages I've had. Malty, a bit fruity, oxidation that I usually find attractive in English Old Ales not so much here at this particular time. Toffee and raisins round things out. Must be, hopefully, an awkward stage in the maturation process of this 2014 bottle.

3.3
Ritzn (2177) - GERMANY - DEC 7, 2017
Amber. Aroma is horse blanket, some citrus pips, some caramel, oxidized. Taste is very phenolic, caramel, harsh sweetness. Very heavy. Not my favourite.

3.5
jfb (7120) - GERMANY - DEC 7, 2017
(bottle) opalescent deep amber colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of damp rugby fields and dusty malts, with a hint of bergamot, some grass and sweatsocks. flavour is mostly orange peel, doughy malts and more sweatsocks, with some chewy toffee, lots of earth, herbal hops and a semi-tannic grape skin finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

3.3
jonas (8530) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2017
Bottle. Cloudy red amber, offwhite lace. Cork, oxidized, a hint veggies and farm stuff, light fruity toffee. Medium light dry body. Caramel, wood, wet leather, light spice, Werthers Echte. Cork and leather retronasal.

3.5
SinH4 (6895) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2017
Bottle. Hazy brown-orange color with white head. Aroma is horseblanket, even like a cork, malty. Taste is malty, toffee. Silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Weird!

3.9
tlind2 (1839) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2017
Bottle, cellared at ~8 C. Opaque amber color, creamy off-white head. Juicy malt and hop aroma. Fairly hoppy flavor that follows the aroma, skirting just past aniseed to reach creamy fudge. Full body, medium carbonation. A good vintage.

3.8
MoritzF (10234) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2017
(bottle, #010741) Hazy, amber to copper colour with a medium-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Mildly sweet malty aroma with cautious nutty notes, caramel, lemon zests, Earl Grey and a touch of herbal spicy hops. Moderately sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation. Mildly bready and slightly earthy malt character with notes of caramel, dried berries, zests and a mildly spicy hoppy bite, lingering into the bitter-sweet fruity and caramelly finish with warming alcoholic notes. Still very young and a tad too fruity imho. 02.XI.17

3.9
brigg (726) - New York, USA - OCT 27, 2017
(Bottle) Cloudy, almost opaque, dark orange body with a medium-to-large beige head. Fruity, sweet malty aroma; caramel. Medium to full body; velvety texture. Strong alcohol; dried fruit, caramel, wood notes.

4.1
rami_pl (4992) - Warszawa, POLAND - SEP 29, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Vintage Ale (2014) by Fuller, Smith & Turner at garwolińska Ej, jakie fajne, quadowe, slodkie, bardzo suszono-kandyzowano-owocowe, ciut przypraw... nieco syropowe cialo, zaskok pozytywny.

3.8
jandorris (951) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 28, 2017
W aromacie ciemne suszone owoce, migdały. W smaku jakieś rodzynki, suszone ciemne owoce, sporo słodyczy. Zaskakująco dobre.


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