Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 266   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 yearís 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 Fullerís ales.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (873) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 28, 2016
2012, best before end of 2015. Initial pour shows a clear rust coloured brew sitting under an inch of foam; second pour and it gets distinctly cloudy. Bottle conditioned and all. The first aroma I notice is that of orange citrus. Beyond that, thereís the usual nose of caramel malt with more semi sweet semi bitter notes of molasses. Drinking this is pleasurable. Tastes like it smells with the addition of a bit of oxidation in the finish. Not unusual nor distracting. Smooth mouthfeel with very little presence of the alcohol in the taste or smell. I bought 5 editions of this curious beer, 2009-2010-2012-2014-2015. 09 was lovely, 10 not so much. I would buy this and the 09 again. ~US$10 each.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (4956) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 5, 2016
50cl bottle (No# 01777 - probably from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo). Pours clear amber with a fairly modest off-white head. Malty and caramelly aroma with notes of honey, dried fruits and hints of citrus and alcohol. Sweet, smooth, quite complex and flavourful with some bitterness. Warming and quite nice although itís not exactly my favourite style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarmok (1275) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 23, 2016
clear amber liquid with yellowish head. aroma of sugar, red currant, mint. taste: heavy sweet med bitter, light sour, caramel, malts. med body, av carb, oily

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
McDef85 (40) - ITALY - JAN 13, 2016
Molto complessa, sia agli aromi che in bocca. Tante sensazioni contrastanti che vanno perfettamente díaccordo. Alcolico pronunciato, dolce, caramello ma con gradevole amaro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16441) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Bottled 500ml (#29664)
3 years old bottle. Clear amber color, small white head. Toffee, malts, sherry in the nose. Medium-bodied. Dried fruits, a bit nutty, toffee, light alcohol, some oxidized notes. Even this is not so old, feels a bit past its prime. Somewhat simple without edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (5177) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2015
(Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5% Deep orange to red colour on the body, quite hazy, with one finger of thick enough, off0white head on top. Good retention. Aroma has malts, english hops, sugar, light alcohol, red fruits. Taste is sweet and malty, with hints of hops, caramel, red fruits, dates, raisins. Medium body, carbonation on the high side. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
500ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Bottle #22352. Clear copper in colour with a thin but long lasting off-white head, good lacing. The aroma is of caramel, sweet malts, toffee, light alcohol, honey and vanilla. The flavour is moderatly sweet, lots of toffee, sweet malts, syrupy, moderate hops. Warming and sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes warming, sweet. Still young but we all know that these age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1364) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle 50 cl. Amber, hazy with a minimal white head. Hoppy, malt, caramel, yeast and alcohol aroma. Bitter, light sweet with a alc and caramelish end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (13532) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle - Caramel and malty sweet notes with lots of raisin. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Sweet caramel, light sweet boozy notes, raisin and a touch of toast. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nijstrom (280) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle. Fruits (plums), dried gruits, malt and caramel. Very sweet and mildly bitter. Thick and oily. Quite dry finish.

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