sunstoneale (75) - MOLDOVA - MAR 7, 2016
Complex aroma reminiscent of quince jam with hints of caramel, alcohol and some peated notes. Medium-thick body with a pleasant liquor-like texture. Taste rich with caramel malt, quince, apricot, some peated notes and alcohol. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Although rather sweet in overall it it’s not cloying and generally rather balanced. Very complex and amazing beer, definitely a favorite. JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
I love the yearly vintage ale offerings and this is certainly one of the best. Just a little bit nutty in a good way. AtronSeige (1538) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 15, 2016
Aroma: Medium cherries, sherry, dried apricots, dried plums, toffee. Medium-light berries, floral, Light malty, toasty, bready. Light alcohol, rose. Very light brandy notes.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, amber body. Small, tan, light brown head. Very fine bubbles, good retention.
Flavour: Medium-high bitterness, medium molasses, alcohol (floral), toffee. Medium-light peaches. Light berries, Very dry finish, lingering bitterness, molasses, berries.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light warming. Medium body. Medium-carbonation. Creamy
Overall: Super complex, but still easy drinking. Wow!
500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Tanja!.
17A. British Strong Ale McDef85 (42) - ITALY - JAN 13, 2016
Molto complessa, sia agli aromi che in bocca. Tante sensazioni contrastanti che vanno perfettamente d’accordo. Alcolico pronunciato, dolce, caramello ma con gradevole amaro. Kita (2151) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottled, 0.50l. Hazy amber orange color with large creamy tan-like head and good lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, dried fruits, caramel malt, vanilla and alcohol. Taste start with rich sweet caramel malt, nuts and strong alcohol, following is fresh fruity with spicy mouthfeel, lingering bitter finish and long malty aftertaste. Full body, thick texture and average natural carbonation in palate. I like these series...
BeerLieutenant38 (98) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 17, 2017
Deep amber colour with white head. Full caramel and fruit aroma. Flavour is rather sweet, with a strong alcohol presence and subtle bitterness. Full bodied with slightly sticky texture and long finish. JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
500mL LCBO bottle, #41279. I’m continuing with my yearly tradition of rating this one way too early while it’s still rather green. Pours a clearish golden amber with a large beige head. Looks quite nice. The aroma is a fantastic blend of British hops and a deep, rich malt character laying underneath, biscuity, caramalt, toffee, citrus, marmalade. Flavour is even better with some delicious hop bite upfront (flavour and bittering hops), met with a chewy, rich malt body that is very satisfying. Finishes with ascending malt complexities. Feels somewhat full on the palate, with only a subtle hint of booze. Damn, this year’s vintage is a good one to drink fresh! I could comment on how it may develop, but I really have no idea as I’ve never had a bottle of this that was older than 2.5 years. ronaldtheriot (1935) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012 has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a somewhat murky, orange-amber appearance, some stray bubbles, and very impressive lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, sharp, full, brown bread and light fruits, and the flavor is the same, with a noticeable, yet not harsh, straight-forward hop bitterness. Moutfeel is rather heavy, and Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012 finishes semi-dry, rich, memorable, and surprisingly smooth. The oddest thing about this beer is that I was told that Fuller’s Vintage Ale mellows and smooths out as it ages, yet, this version (only two years old at the time of the review) was smoother and more approachable than the two older iterations. Overall, this beer is a must-try! RJT Aurelius (5335) - 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. Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2013
Nro 600 so I hope this is Special. looks promising: bit hazy deep amber, big frothy head is off-white and long and leaves good lacing. Good medium strong aroma is nuanced: caramel, nuts, dark bread, ripe fruits, flowery notes, raisins. Full body, soft and round, mild carbonation, long malty finish, bit sweet and bitter, alcohol bit too evident. Good choice for your beer nro 600: tasty and well done, traditional british Excellence.