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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3591) - Quťbec, Quebec, - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 Pours copper with a nice head that receeds fast. Aroma is basically alcohol and some grains. Light toffee flavors with brown sugar and no noticeable alcohol burn. Easy drinking with low-med carbonation, An OK barleywine overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerclubsa (142) - Strand, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 17, 2017
Gift from Scott. Deep Amber colour with a tan head and good retention. Aromas of dark stone fruit and tobacco, caramel. Palate has a silky full body and medium low carbonation. Flavors of plums, cherries, spiced peaches, tobacco with a bitter long dry finish. Tastes more like a barley wine. Really great but could age a few more years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3290) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from LCBO - bottle #42895. Drunk on January 4th 2016 and reviewed on my personal Facebook page as part of a series of posts reviewing FVAs from 2004 to 2015 over the course of the Xmas and New Year holidays. Now transferring over notes for those that Iíve not yet reviewed on RB. Notes for this one: "Caramel, red currant, lime leaf, sponge toffee, vanilla cream. Seems simpler than the 2011, but still enjoyable."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1929) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2016
Shared at the December THT at deansoís. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Notes of cognac, dried fruit, caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (8399) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle at the December THT. Poured a slightly hazy medium amber with a whispy white head. The aroma is toffee caramel sweet malt woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a rich smooth woody hop, light fruity palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (3186) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
Still here, THT December at deansoís! Near clear dark brown with off white head. Big sweet barley and toasted malts, vanilla. Caramel and fudge. Some grapes and white raisans. Big sweet and medium bitter. Over medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (4457) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle at THT. Almost clear light amber with cream colored head. Marzipan, sweet grapes, light bitter herbs, vanilla, sweet malts, some red wine, light cognac. Over medium sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (7198) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2016
50cl bottle shared in CW. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. It pours a clean golden color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet and caramely with notes of toffee and milk chocolate. Taste is also sweet and malty with toffee and biscuit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19497) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Daniel. Pours lightly hazy orange-gold with a creamy, white head. The nose suggests mild oxidation, marmalade, crackers, wood. Medium sweet flavour with jammy citrus, mild caramel, pale bread, golden raisins. Medium to full bodied, lightly oily, with fine carbonation. Lightly warming in the finish, with more ripe, jammy citrus fruits, light caramel, more pale bread. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1458) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy red. Aroma of stron caramel, some nuts. Body is full and heavy , with only a low carbonation. Super tasty and juicy, great drinkability. Very nice. Thank you Robin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (2408) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Pours a finger of light brown head on a cloudy dark straw body. Aroma is a little grass, bread and toffee. Taste is mild grain sweetness, no hint of bitterness. Bread. Texture is thicker.

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