Fullerís Vintage Ale 2012

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


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RATINGS: 269   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1446) - 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 (14834) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8484) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2015
(Bottle) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with apricot marmalade, orange, honey, treacle-toffee, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Malty, fruity taste with notes of apricot marmalade, orange peel, honey, treacle-toffee, caramel, toast and a finish with a balanced citric bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Well balanced and really tasty, as usual. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (8316) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 2015. Rated on 10.10.2015
Bottle #32360, vertical with Golden Pride from same year
Aroma is moldy and mild Ė with apricot, some alcohol and toffee. Even some metal. Flavour has alcohol, menthol, mold and apricot. Perhaps already past its prime. Gets a lot better towards the end of the glass. At first: 6-4-6-3-13=3.2, at the end 7-4-7-3-13=3.4

50 cl bottle @†home, rated on 06.08.2016
A lot better now; harsh score average: 3.7.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14986) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle 56220 from The Parcel Yard. Pours rich dark amber (or ripe apricot?) with a beige head. Aroma is fruity with some rich roasty malt support. Near full bodied. Flavor is rather roasty malt, but very smooth, some slight darkish fruits, The hopps are a bit earthy as well as fruity. Sometimes a quaff seems to be fresh light stone fruit juice. Sometimes the hops seem a bit oxidized (which I believe to be a signature of the series and one reason I love it). Ale to cherish. I think the finish is not dry, but I think it qualifies as bitter. Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (945) - ITALY - AUG 4, 2015
Si presenta bene, colore arancio ambra carico appena velato, bella la schiuma sottile e cremosa, leggermente tendente al beige. Al naso risalta il malto, il caramello e si avvertono giŗ note alcoliche e di dark fruits. Al palato Ť tendenzialmente dolce, con accenni di amaro quasi assenti, . Molto bene líalcol, ben evidente ma mai stucchevole, che riscalda senza eccedere, perfetta la carbonazione.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (3508) - GREECE - JUL 20, 2015
500ml bottle. Unclear golden orange color with white head. Aroma is malty and light hoppy, caramel, fruity, grassy, herbal, alcoholic, wood notes. Light sweet and medium bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (2241) - Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle, #112830 - big foamy head, nice dark copper color, sweet fruity aroma and flavor, with a strong caramel like malt backbone, pretty smooth finish, very good overall for sure ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (3125) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2015
16.9oz bottle at Fleet Street Pub - fire alarm is over. Nose is bread, caramel and some hops I recognize but canít identify (something youíd find in an oktoberfest). Easy to drink for 8.5%. Not worth the price but still tasty.

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