Fullerís Vintage Ale 2011

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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%
The 2011 Vintage Ale, our 15th, is brewed with some of the finest of this yearís 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5645) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a faintly hazy deep coppery orange body with a medium, creamy off-white head. Perfect for a beer like this. Aroma is mellow fruity tones with hints of pineapple, nuts and complex maltiness in the back. Nice. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, hints of alcohol, malts and nuts. Palate is slightly fizzy, but still rather smooth all in all. This is a very good ale, in keeping with the high standards of Fullers vintage series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Bottle conditioned No. 028918 on 19/4/2012. Cost a cheeky £2.99. Orange-amber body. Medium off white head with poor retention. Crystal clear body. Marmalade, spice, pine, fruit, chalky minerals, hops, municipal water. Bittersweet, but mostly bitter. Well carbonated. Dry finish. Sublime. Sort of a stronger London Pride/Golden Pride. Very easy drinking for its strength. For whatever reason, reminds me of Sheffield as well as Worthington White Shield. Very little yeast actually in the bottle, which was somewhat surprising. 8 4 8 3 14 Bottle no. 019479, acquired in 2011 and consumed on the 16 May 2013. Medium off white head with okay retention, seemed better than before. Carbonation visible. Amber body. Nose is spice, tangerine, hops, nail varnish, green apple. juicy pears, juicy malt, caramel, burnt toast, dust. Sweet with some bitterness. Dry finish. Well carbonated. Some saltiness on the palate. Seems to be quite a small amount of yeast in the bottle. Relatively uncomplex for its strength. Reminiscent of Worthington White Shield and also clearly a stronger ABV cousin of Fullerís own London Pride. Since 2011-12, the green-ness of the beer has rounded out, although the nail varnish and green apple adjuncts are unwelcome. 7 4 7 4 13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SanfordBrewer (1536) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2012
Drank April 2012.

Translucent dark copper with a thick bubbly beige head. Medium-full body with hard carbonation.

Aroma: herbal resinous hops, bready caramely malts.

Taste: crisp malt, herbal hops, and some soured notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a golden bronze colour with smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of dark fruits and light toffee. Some alcohol is noticeable also. Flavours are slightly sweet with somewhat alcoholic finish. Slightly unrefined but good never the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rjwhite41 (55) - osceola, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2012
16.9 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with dark off white/light tan head, about two fingers with lively carbonation. Smells of apples, pears, biscuit, alcohol, and wood. Tastes of wood, grass, fruit (apples and pears), biscuit, caramel and alcohol. Nicely bittered to balance the sweetness, alcohol is too evident and ends with a nice bitter finish. Obviously would be better in a year or two as Fullerís recommends but Iím not patient enough. Medium to heavy body, despite carbonation with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Good beer now, if youíre a patient person put it in the cellar because it should be great after some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15558) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2015 500ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn) - drunk 2012-04 (6:4:6:4:12=3.2)
6 interesting aroma. Full aroma, quite perfumey, sweet fruits, but a bit like washing up liquid. Also get some acetone, I think.
4 Rich orange, small tight head.
6 Sweetish, touch gluey retronasals, alas. Great woody bitterness.
4 Smooth almost slick palate. Gentle carbonation doesnít help the slickness. Bitter tingle is great, tons of hops, this will age well.
12 Well, this is a pretty solid brew, but itís way too young. The level of hops tells me that this will maintain its bite very well, and the sweetness of the malts means that thereís plenty of ageing potential. I look forward to a rerate of this, but í guess Iíll not touch the bottles for 2 years...
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) drunk 2012-12 (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
A: 7 Slightly sweet toffee-ish malts at first, but also some alcohol comes over. Smells quite young compared to the previous two we had (1999 and 2008).
L: 4 Mid red, brief off-white head settles to a small layer. A touch hazy.
T: 7 Strange (for this style) milkiness to the sweetness. Breadier malts, rather than the cakiness I prefer. Some nettliness to the retronasals.
P: 4 Smoothish palate, but quite crisp carbonation. Mellow finish, the milkiness softens things nicely, but thereís also a good biting tingly noble hop bite too.
O: 14 Such a change from last year - only 8 months has turned it into a different beer. Definitely got more potential for drying out - and I hope gaining a few raisins, which I always look forward to.
500ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
Slightly soapy hop aroma. Also in the taste. But a full palate, pleasantly smooth. Lots of vanilla. Some soapiness in the taste too. A lovely malty beer, but lacking balls. Not beginning to show the ageing I like. Leave this at least 2 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (3609) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours deep amber with a medium head. Aroma is sticky figs, caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is really sweet, figs, toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Some fruitcake spice as well. Warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
(bottle). The 2011 vintage is a not a standout. The flavor lacks depth and is slightly metallic. Very mild. A disappointment from a brewer with strong history of quality vintage ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
QuezXLV (421) - Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Awesome red color and nice subtle fruity aroma. It has a medium hops taste and also fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Good looking beer poured in pint glass, however this is raw and lacking harmony, boozy, metallic ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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