Fuller's Vintage Ale 2012

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England

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RATINGS: 272   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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BenH (3434) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle. Amber with white head. Aroma of dried fruit, sherry, resinous. Taste of dried fruit, sherry, caramel. Sweet and a little bitter.

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cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
bottle at home ... deep brown ... big off white head ... sweet toffee fruits ... soft toffee fruits ... juicy fruits .. soft fruits ... soft toff fruits .. ligth sweet malts ... nice soft and juicy and rounded ... ligth warming sipper

3.7
Stuu666 (14843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is boozy, caramel, light fruit, taste is thin, sweet, caramel, fruity.

3.9
DuffMan (10667) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Medium copper orange, off white head, long retention. Nice sweet toffee malt aroma, bready. Sweet toffee flavour, very nice malt structure here, brightened by notes of ripe apricot. A bit sticky, but lifted somewhat by fruit acids in the finish. Fairly full bodied, and with a malt density that feels like a barley wine but just not as sticky. Delicious.

4
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2016 Limpido color ramato con soffice e fragile cappello di schiuma biancastra poco persistente. Al naso è un tripudio di albicocca, uva e mela cotogna con spiccati sentori di toffee; gusto dolciastro, rotondo e maltoso con note di caramello, frutta passita e cereali, mentre nel finale emerge un lieve tocco di tostato. Corpo medio, effervescenza vivace, struttura vellutata, finale lungo e persistente. Di classe! Con gli anni si fa ancor più profumata al naso, meno "spessa" ma piú profonda e più asciutta al palato e con una vena etilica maggiormente pronunciata. Sempre equilibratissima.

3.8
Beergeek23322 (2643) - Chester, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
8/21/2014. From bottle# 108945. Caramel color with a fizzy tan head. Sweet malty aromas with hints of yeast. Sweet malty flavors, a bit buttery, dark fruit. A slighty boozy finish.

4.4
Aurelius (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2014
No. 122466. 5 for appearance - bottle suitable for homebrew re-use, good label, seal, presentation box. Foggy chestnut brown, khaki head. Superb aroma - sweet caramel, golden raisins, peat, aromatic hops, a little sweaty. The aroma mirrors the flavor - sweetish toffee/caramel, slight mineral tones, tannins, pleasantly bitter, wood. Malty, yeasty, hoppy - what a beer should be. Body is slightly on the heavy side, but the only minor, minor flaw that I could find was that the initial aftertaste went a little vacant at times. Nicely bitter and a little woody in the finish. Sort of a barleywine lite. Excellent. Beer Stop, Tallahassee.

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hohops (1096) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Pours an orangey amber colour, not much of a head to speak of. Plenty going on in the aroma- cherries, orange peel, fruitcake, malts. Taste is quite full, lots of flavours going on, orange marmalade, almond hints, fruity hops, you can also detect a bit of alcohol. Very tasty.

3.6
kingstoni (2149) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle #90646. Hazy amber color with a medium thin frothy beige head. Aroma of berries, yeast, apple and wood. Sour and sweet taste. Flavors are oak, apple and caramel.

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Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber/copper with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Alcohol notes, golden syrup/toffee, orchard fruit, notes of Jamaican Ginger cake. Taste: Low/medium sweetness and bitterness with low sourness. Palate: Light grainy texture, light body, average carbonation, quite dry, bitter sweet, fruity, liquorice, golden syrup notes with alcohol warmth and pepperiness. Comments: Lovely and lace. Bottle number 73295.


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