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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3.8
Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
500 ml bottle # 091239. Mostly clear orange copper, lasting tan foam. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruity. Taste is quite strong, rich toasted caramel malt, darker fruitiness, slightly grassy/herbal/floral. Softer carbonation, medium-fuller bodied (pun intended), moderately hopped. Very nice to share this with my British mate. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3.9
martjoobolut (5360) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle (shared by fatphil, thanks). Pours amber with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruits, floral notes. Flavor is sweet and malty, some fruits, vanilla, some alcohol. Overall: very nice.

3.6
suurjuust (3850) - ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Hazy orange copper, medium to small white head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, malt, slightly fruity. Flavor is caramel, hoppy and fruity notes, there is some oxidation, specially in the finish, which is a bit empty. Lingering fudge and malty caramel. Aged nicely though.

3.8
Christos (5909) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2015
(Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5% Deep orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear, with a small and fizzy tan head on top, with low retention. Aroma of malts, wood, cork, sugars, light alcohol, fruity notes. Taste is sweet with nice malts, fruity notes, jam, light wood, dates. Medium body, carbonation on the high side. Nice.

3.9
Ferris (17120) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle - Sweet caramel, plum and some bread. Clear copper gold with a rich beige head. Just as it smells, lots of caramel, plum, nice sweetness with a touch of bread. Orange notes top this off to make it taste much like a barley wine. No hint of the booze except a slight warming of the throat. Very nice.

4.2
Silvan7 (1279) - Samarate, ITALY - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle 7083 @ home. Ramata velata, schiuma beige fine e persistente. Aroma intenso, maltato di miele d’acacia, agrumato(arancia candita) frutti rossi sotto spirito, tostato legnoso. Gusto dolce abboccato , tostato, di caramello e marmellata, finale amaro tostato e luppolato. Corposa, poco carbonata, calda, equilibrata e armonica.

4
g_georgiou (609) - CYPRUS - AUG 1, 2015
Lightly hazy orange body with a medium beige head. Aroma is malty, caramel, licorice, some chocolate, some hops. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Dry finish, a bit flat. Very tasty.

3.7
danlo (3366) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
500ml bottle. No. 035295. Dark orange amber colour with a white foam head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, spice, orange fruity & nutty. Taste is sweet malty, with caramel, toffee and raisins plus some earthy leathery grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry dusty finish. Nicely drinkable.

4.1
zimbo (983) - SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2015
No 019072 Given the mediocre reviews here I expected little. How wrong they were. Dark golden orange with a dense very very pale yellow head. Orange and spice on the nose and fullish sappy sticky on the tongue. Glace dried fruit on the tongue with perfect carbonation. In its prime. Needs time over an hour or two to discover in the glass and suffers when part of a ticking assembly line tasting. Very very fine.

3.8
jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2015
bottle says enjoy by 2014 end, and yet here we are in the middle of 2015 - the horrors. pours out a lovely amber with a fair amount of haze and a substantial off-white head. malt, fruit yeast notes, and eminently british elements comprise the nose. no hint of its relatively high 8.5% abv, and it embodies the british flavor profile as well - well balanced with a pleasant malt/hops interplay, and overall quite nice. fuller’s have another success.


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