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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2011

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


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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bembelembe (219) - Zagreb, - MAR 19, 2012
Complex and rich aroma: fruits, herbal/floral, hops, biscuits, wood and rust, malt, caramel. Quite strong alcohol feel. Bitter aftertaste with alcohol warmth. Amber colour. Small head. Very fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1725) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3485) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3421) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (810) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (360) - SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2016
Bärnstensfärgad med medelstort skum. Stor maltig doft med torkade frukter, marmelad, liten kryddighet och toffe. Fyllig, komplex med maltsötma och torkade frukter, liten fin kryddighet, en liten bitter och torr avslutning balanserar upp, lite vinös. Den har lagrats i fem år och har verkligen växt i komplexitet; en underbar strong ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimik (6) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016 does not count
Disponible à l'Autre Œil, ambrée, fruitée au nez. Maltée/caramélisée, fruitée ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (857) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
But en 2016. Ambré rouille. Beau collet pour une bière âgé. Fine effervescence. Délicatement sucré. Fruit mûre. Caramel. Madérisé. Un peu épicé. Marmelade. Finale sucré/épicé. Très bien. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13557) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Bottled, 500ml (075064) aged 4 yrs, from Sainsbury’s in Banbury, Oxon. Amber to brown with cream head. There is a rich, fruity aroma to this, berrys and a spicy note. The beer is rich and smooth with a caramelised character, seome sweetness, some toffee hints then fruity, deep malts. The earthy hops have been combined into the body nicely. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (2009) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (3380) - 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.

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