Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottled, Released August 2012.

The 2012 Vintage Ale, our 16th, is brewed with three of this year’s finest hop varieties including, Goldings, award winning Sovereign and Target hops. These combined with our unique yeast and organic barley grown by Sir James Fuller on the Neston Park Estate result in a wonderful limited edition brew that has a luxurious flavour.

Individually packed and numbered, this bottle is one of only one hundred and twenty five thousand produced

Although we are obliged to state a best before date of 2015, like a fine wine or whisky, this mellow golden ale will improve with age for many more years

Being bottle conditioned, the beer will form a natural sediment, so pour carefully, sit back, and enjoy this, the very finest of Fuller’s ales.

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Sebilinz (2339) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle. Amber body with off white head. Aroma is some honey some malts and some yeast. Taste is malts and some alcohol some dark caramel. Aftertaste is medium bitter with malts. Was expecting more.

badgerben (5171) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle 114359, Sampled 4/23/14. cloudy copper color with a small head. Light bready, yeasty aroma. Grainy and caramel laden malt flavor. Thick and chewy. Light bitterness. Slightly dry finish.

TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
500 mL bottle. Hazy copper with a small but persistent beige head. The aroma is lighter than other years, with ripe citrus and honey being present. The flavour is big up front, with booze, caramel, and some earthy hops. It thins fairly quickly, buf has a mild, lingering finish of booze and hoppy bitterness. Not my favourite year, but certainly not a bad beer.

Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Quite interesting there. Some tastes of German malts but still the English touch. Easy to drink and enjoy.

tlind2 (1718) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle #28954. Slightly cloudy amber color, frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma with hints of aniseed. Oily, hoppy flavor, but not particularly bitter. Juicy malts in the background, but the taste doesn't really come together until the beer warms. Full body, medium carbonation. Not my favorite vintage, but not bad either.

hawthorne00 (3943) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2014
Clear amber with a light beige coat that hangs around. Aroma of kumquats, bitter oranges, strong bread, pepper. No oxidised notes to speak of, hints of biscuit I guess. Medium bodied, smooth, lowish carbonation. Sweet and breadcrusty with lots of orange peel, firm bitterness, peppery and slightly boozy finish. A bit vacant in the middle where I expected some heavier toffee and maybe peach. Good, but falls down a bit wrt lusciousness and presence.

MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Backlog, tried at a vertical tasting 07-12. All bottles from Systembolaget.

anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish with hints of dark fruit.

Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of residual sugars with some dry caramel and minimal hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by some residual sugars with quite a bit of dry caramel malt with weird grainy notes. Hops presence is kept at a low level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol is easily detectable. I usually like to give a year to the Vintage for the malt to balanced itself out and take out some of the hops presence. Seems like it wasn’t a good idea with the 2012 vintage since it tasted like a really old beer already.

ronaldtheriot (1932) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012 has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a somewhat murky, orange-amber appearance, some stray bubbles, and very impressive lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, sharp, full, brown bread and light fruits, and the flavor is the same, with a noticeable, yet not harsh, straight-forward hop bitterness. Moutfeel is rather heavy, and Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012 finishes semi-dry, rich, memorable, and surprisingly smooth. The oddest thing about this beer is that I was told that Fuller’s Vintage Ale mellows and smooths out as it ages, yet, this version (only two years old at the time of the review) was smoother and more approachable than the two older iterations. Overall, this beer is a must-try! RJT

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