Fuller's Vintage Ale 2011

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

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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3.1
BenH (3431) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
From bottle. Fish fingers after lobster here. Aroma has caramel, alcohol and flowery skunky hops. Taste has caramel, skunky hops and lots of alcohol. Sticky and sickly. Not great.

4
BeerMountie (119) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012
The aroma for this beer is amazing. I fell in love with it as soon as I poured it up. However the taste did let me down a little there was a strong alcohol taste and over powered tastes in there. Still a very good beer and I will be having more.

4.4
Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Slightly opaque reddish brown. Caramel and earthy aromatics- good tension there. Full bodied with a great counterbalance of toffee and bitter hops. Needs bottle age to truly shine.

3.4
anders37 (27588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle @ chriso. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor with hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty dark fruit finish with hints of caramel.

3.7
Borup (15942) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle from Superbest, Hellerup. Dark maber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, fruit, caramel, hops and alcohol.

3.3
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle #125454. Copper beer with a nice dark cream colored head. Malt and light dark fruit aroma with earthiness. Malt and caramel flavor with light toffee and light dark fruit. Medium bodied. Malt and caramel lingers with light darker malts and dark fruit.

3.5
mcberko (19837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
500mL bottle, pours a clear copper with a medium off-white head. Aroma of bready English malts, toasted nuts, raisins, toffee and some marmalade. Flavour of raisins, marmalade, bready malts, and toffee. Quite a prominence of raisins and a decent booziness on the finish. Good, but I’ve preferred the past few years’ incarnations of this beer.

3.7
TET (3278) - Kaarina, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2012
A beautiful, reddish brown beer with a medium and beige head. Aroma is overally sweet, raisins, toffee, hint of strawberries and alcohol. Taste is similar than aroma, quite sweet, raisins, toffee and some wooden hoppyness, that dries the taste but not overally, no alcohol. Full bodied, slightly sugary and sticky to drink. Enjoyable beer even with high sweetness, enough of complexicity and so this beer is interest enough until end of the bottle.

3.4
JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle 047892. Pale orange colour with a fast fading white head. Fairly fruity aroma with a little bit of soft herbal hoppiness. A touch of light mint and some light spice as well. Orange peel and a touch of crackery malt. It’s a fairly simple brew really - I suspect that, like with some of the other vintages, it needs a bit of age to add some complexity to the brew. Comes across quite plain. There is a little bit of estery flavour, mostly stewed fruit and some light cherry as well. A touch of pepper as it warms up. Moderate bitterness. Meh - maybe with two more years on it.

3.4
EdKing (2664) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Colour is tawny amber, lighter than more mature years. Nose has all the usual elements such as orange marmalade, sweet barley malt, caramel, citrous peel, but there’s also some peachiness. Taste has not softened yet so there’s dryness and crispness from bitter hops and lots of raw alcohol. Also some minerally stuff with the sherry, marmalade, caramel and sugariness. Quote raw and potent at one year.


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