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 17/20
BeerViking (4563) - 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 (1177) - 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 (4708) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. The look is mostly clear, Amber in color, and has a beige colored head. The smell is fruity, toffee, caramel, honey, and nice. The taste is fruit, caramel, malt, toffee, alcohol, and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (1076) - Mexico City, MEXICO - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Sparkling amber/copper with a lively/foamy tan head. Dry aroma of firewood, berries, caramel, butterscotch and alcohol. Smooth and creamy, but robust. Slightly flat with moderate carbonation. Crisp malt character with a stinging hoppiness and a heavy alcohol/whisky finish. Pleasant fruity feel makes it easy to drink. Complex and with great character. A fine ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Percy0103 (763) - MEXICO - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. A mahogany beer with a big foamy white head and lots of gas. Aroma is of chestnuts, malt, wood, pine resin and alcohol. Taste is bitter, especially at the end, with some carbonation and astringency. It has a strong malt character and an alcoholic but well-balanced aftertaste. It feels really well aged, like a good whiskey. One of the finest English Ales I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rane (1057) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2014
Copoer colour with orange head . Aroma sweet malts some alcohol some oxidised notes. Taste sweet an a little cloying .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6964) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Shared bottle (between two of us) on 26th Oct 2014: # 59555. The body had a copper hue to is orange look, the top an off white blanket which stayed around. Fairly sweet malty molasses in the aroma. The taste followed in the same way, sweet toffee and caramel flavours, with the malts taking over completely, mild fruit hints within the maltiness. I really liked this, as I have all of their Vintage Ales. Well made, well presented and well recieved.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (6120) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Lightly hazed orange pour with creamy off white head and lace. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, light dried fruit, and a touch of abv with no hops to speak of. Flavor is sweet malt start with a nice abv warmth, toffee, and brown sugar. A pleasant earthy hop bitter finish. Some estery tones as well. Medium body with good carbonation. Very ncie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
junojones (3) - - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
5dl bottle enjoyed at home. Coppery amber with a light head. Sweet aroma of dried wine fruits. Taste of sherry, dried fruit and some malty taste. A drier aftertaste similar to that of sherry. Full bodied with a complex depth of taste from the hops and malt. Was a bit too cold when I first tasted it, but was very good as soon as it warmed up a little.

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