Fuller's Vintage Ale 2012

 
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Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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onceblind (10864) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Hazy dark copper under a bubbly/foamy beige head. Lovely nose of honey and fresh leafy hops, with some nutty toffee biscuit. It honestly smells like a more robust Fat Tire with a kiss of honey malt. Wow, honey has a huge dominance on the front of the flavor. Could almost think I was drinking mead, or at least a braggot. Smooth and full malt body with honey and toasted biscuit, with some slightly dry dusty yeast thats intrinsic to British strong ales, I think. Lots of almond butter and a little toffee with lots of honey throughout, slightly balanced by some earthy leafy hops that are generally really quiet. This is basically a braggot, as far as my taste buds are concerned.

4.2
jonnyt (47) - USA - JUN 29, 2014
Cloudy amber with creamy head. Spicy fruit smell. Spicy, hoppy flavour with lots of dark fruit. Sweet and creamy aftertaste. Very tasty, easy to drink despite strength. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
mandaritto (247) - LATVIA - JUN 14, 2014
My first craft beer! Good looking beer, good for gifts. When I tasted it I didn’t know anything about craft beer so the rating was like 4,5/5. It was quite a nice brew - thick, caramel, spicy not too pushy bitterness. Prince/performance isn’t good, but it was enjoyable. In my opinion, London Porter is more enjoyable and the price is 5x less than this.

3.6
neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle #09129. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a branded stem glass. Pours hazy orange-caramel with a small off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge malty notes of toffee, caramel, honey, biscuit, figs, raisins and grain, along with subtle orange peel, apple and a touch of earth. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with huge caramel and toffee paired with apple, figs, honey, earth and a subtle grassy, citric hoppiness for balance. The finish is long and malty with toffee and subtle spicy, grassy hops. On the palate it is light-medium in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent English strong ale. Lighter than previous vintages, it still has an impressive malty complexity. 2014-05-10

3.7
Sebilinz (2714) - 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.

3.7
badgerben (5374) - 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.

3.6
TheJester (2543) - 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.

3.7
Nekronos (4213) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Quite interesting there. Some tastes of German malts but still the English touch. Easy to drink and enjoy.

3.4
tlind2 (1815) - 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.

3.7
hawthorne00 (4193) - 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.


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