Fuller's Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 265   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 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Standard boxed bottle from State Line and Capone’s. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Nose is similar to all the others I’ve had; some caramel malt, brown sugary, dry vinous fruit. Tastes caramel malty, on the dry side, with an ESB flavor profile and a decent hop level, but not to the level that I so desperately crave from a beer such as this, as such. I’m starting to think these are all style and little substance, and that Fuller’s owes me punitive damages for jerking me off all these years with vintage beers that are overpriced and underwhelming.

Erzengel (9497) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2017
Bottle from my cellar, No. 028566. Smooth mild beginning. Fruity, round and smooth. Caramel, soft, round and smooth. Hints of alcohol only in the back, round and even refreshing, mild caramelly, soft malty in the aftertaste.

Mortlach (2510) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 10, 2017
500ml bottle. Ambrata spenta, leggermente torbida, schiuma abbondante. Al naso sentori di mela matura, datteri, caramello, erba tagliata. In bocca è dolce con finale amaro abbastanza lungo. Corpo medio, carbonazione media. Buona, ma mi aspettavo qualcosa di più.

dorain (652) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2017
Aus der Flasche (bbe 2014) im 2016-11 getrunken. Die frischen Vintages von Fuller haben für mich oft eine ordenliche aber immer noch gut dosierten Hopfenbitterkeit. Doch dieses hat dies nicht mehr. Wenn es die Überlagerung um 2 Jahre war - toll.

BeerBaboon (2125) - 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.

Nuffield (4199) - 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.

AirForceHops (7811) - 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.

Chalumeaux (1708) - 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.

AdamChandler (5181) - 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.

GregClow (3402) - 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!"

degbert (1776) - 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.

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