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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23398) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
3rd February 2015
Hazy amber beer, tidy pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and with a light crispness. Nice malts, creamy with mild caramel. Trace of toffee. Mellow spice. Nice dried fruits with a little orange. Finishes smooth with a little more spice. Comes together well, nice balance of flavours. One of the better recent Fullers Vintages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13085) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2015
Hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is fruity and malty, with citrus, plum, pear and marmalade, with lighter notes of biscuit and bread crust, and light notes of grass, pine and earth in the background. The flavour is sweet malty, with plenty of fruity character, and a pretty firm hoppy, bitter finish. The marmalade and earthy notes really play a role here, with toffee and biscuit notes showing up well into the aftertaste. As usual, Fullers vintage doesnít blow you away on sight, but there are plenty of nuances to explore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10312) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle(#37921): Deep golden, hazy, stable off-white head with a little lace; sweetish raisiny and woody nose, some sugary notes included; moderate to solid sweet flavour, barely full bodied; lingering fruity-vinous finish with a small amount of warming alcohol. Good, but not the best VintageÖ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (2071) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Appearance: Bottle 127656. Dark orange brown, slightly hazy. Nice amount of off-white head.
Aroma: Fruits, malt. Caramel.
Taste: Ripe fruits, some malt, slight alcohol. Caramel, roasted. Good.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Bern), 500 ml, CHF 8.80
Info: 24/12-2014, BB: 31/12-2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1709) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle as a gift, thanks Mait. Had this for over a year now, thought it would be good to finally open it in a cold night like this. Bottle no 81 980. Pours a very nice hazy coppery orange colour with a big frothy creamy head that drops slowly to leave a film and strong lacing. Beautifully sweet, full, autumny fruits on the nose... plums, apricots, peaches, toffee, but also strong notes of caramel and honey, orange marmalade and jam, a bit floral even, and spicy, and after the first sip some alcohol comes out as well. Taste is very much caramelly yet not overly sweet, with those marmalade- or jammy autumn fruits in the background, and a lingering alcoholic warmth covering it all in the finish, with a little bit of spiciness and a whisky-like note. No bitterness to talk of. On the palate itís very nice and velvety, body is rather full, carbonation below average. Overall a good-looking, malt-driven, sweet, boozy yet easy-drinking sipper. Not sure if I need to finish all the 50 cl but I sure as hell will.

P.S. - Itís getting too boozy after Iíve slowly downed about half of it... Lowering it from 3.9 to 3.7.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (5886) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 [email protected] Orange hazy. Toffee caramels,on nose, oranges, dry apricots. Quite nice.

[email protected] Orange with sediment in bottle. Peachy dry apricots, malty, sort of cola oranges nose. Full bodied, bit bready malty. Malty sweetness, dried oramge fruity finish. Nice drink. Flavourful..

-- bb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1917) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
500ml bottle. #57,008. Mid amber shade, forms a nice big head. Aroma seems sleepy to awaken. Gingery spice, malty in a syrupy, caramel, medicinal way. Lightest of dark fruit notes. Seems to be a little oxidised already, which surprised me. Taste is caramel and orange peel. Nice, but a little uncomplicated. Either this needs more time or just isnít going to ever be interesting enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerViking (4403) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Amber-brown with a very slight head and aromas of toffee caramel and spice, reminiscent of a solid Tripel. Palate is rich and lightly peppery, with notes of honeyed marmalade and single malt whisky. Drying finish, with more spice hints and a light bitterness. But bottle no. 129,333 out of 125,000 produced - how does that work?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (1112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle received as a gift. Thanks Nagy! Bottle number 114634. Poured into snifter glass. Very attractive looking pour...deep amber/orange color and a frothy beige head. Slight cloudy look. Aroma of dark fruit...plum and raisins with a hint of toffee and caramel. Gives off a boozy impression on the nose. Taste isnít as overpowering and impressive as I was expecting. Definitely the warming alcohol feeling. Mostly sweet with hops not entering the equation. Malt throughout. Boozy finish. Iím not really finding a significant difference between this one and 2011. Good but only need to have it once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4678) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Amber in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of toast, toffee, apple cake, caramel and some herbal notes. Taste is of herbal hops, toast, toffee, and pear.

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