Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The 2011 Vintage Ale, our 15th, is brewed with some of the finest of this year’s malt and hops. The malt grist includes a portion produced by Warminster maltings, from organic barley grown by Sir James Fuller on the Nestone Park Estate. This will be married with the choicest Goldings, Organic First Gold and award winning Sovereign hops, to produce a beer with a firm malt base, marmalade notes and a satisfying bitter finish. Individually packaged and numbered, this bottle is one of only one hundred and fifty thousand produced.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBaboon (2078) - FINLAND - FEB 25, 2017
This one has aged quite a while. Flavour is fruits, cake, caramel and just a little bit boozy. Flavour is fruity, light to medium bitter and medium sweet. Smooth palate.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4142) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (7063) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Yep, bottle. Smells fine; toasted caramel malt, dark fruit, raisins, prunes, yeast.

The flavor didn’t hold up as well as I thought. Dark fruit still a parent, with some light trace of cardboard and wet paper. Softer carbonation, medium-fuller body. Considering the age of this brew. it’s not awful.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (1501) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops caramel color with an off white head. Aromas of toffee caramel orange and oxidation. Shame dark fruit yeast.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4911) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Thanks AFH. 500ML? pours a crimson red, 1 finger reddish tan head. Smells very oxidized like cardboard, persimmon, mango, oranges. oh boy. certainly oxidized like bible paper. i get a little bit of bitterness, oranges, even banana and cigarettes. interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3391) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from LCBO - bottle #42665. Drunk on January 3rd 2016 and reviewed on my personal Facebook page as part of a series of posts reviewing FVAs from 2004 to 2015 over the course of the Xmas and New Year holidays. Now transferring over notes for those that I’ve not yet reviewed on RB. Notes for this one: "Vanilla cookie, plum jam, dried dates, autumnal spice, hint of maple sugar, and a moderately bitter finish with strong orange marmalade character. Excellent!"

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1771) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Bottle 127244. Pours a rich red-amber with a high, mixed-grained, light tan, lacy head. Nose is figs, port wine, brown sugar, toasted wheat bread, caramelized pears, and warmed whisky. On the tongue, it starts out hugely smoky and nutty, then moves into whisky-soaked fruit compote. Despite having a bit of age on it, there’s still a good strong thread of hops bitterness on it. It’s aged well. These beers are amazing, and the 2011 is no different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2016
500 ml bottle from LCBO (cellared about 5 years). Pours a cloudy amber colour with moderate-sized cream-coloured head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and minerally with some caramel and herbal character. Flavour has a rich fruity and caramelly maltiness with some slightly peppery spiciness, herbal character and an underlying mineraliness. Silky mouthfeel. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3737) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2016
Flaska från SB. En av de äldre Fuller vintageölen jag druckigt och jämfört med andra lite yngre tycker jag att den peakat och vänt neråt. Lite murrigare, aningen platt men fortfarande fina dofter och smaker av torkad frukt men inte samma marmeladighet med skalbeska som de lite yngre. Dock fortfarande trevlig och god.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (829) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Mostly clear copper/orange, with off white head, that lasts for a bit, and then fades away. Aroma is big time fruit, strawberries, peaches, bubblegum. Some cereal around. Taste presents more from the plum tree, and more of a caramel/toffee tone starts to come through. Balancing bitterness, not much hop aroma, not that you would expect it. Hefty body. Mellow. Put of orange rind starts to come through. Marmalade. Alcohol is concealed. Finish lasts forever. Much preferred over the 2010 variety.


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