Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The 2013 Fuller’s Vintage, our 17th edition, is brewed with four of this year’s finest hop varieties: Goldings, Sovereign, Challenger and the trophy-winning Admiral. WIth a dry spring and wet summer, we have chosen a winter barley wich, when combined with our unique yeast, gives a rich and complex result.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (3330) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
Still here, THT December at deanso’s!murky brown amber with off white head. Sweet toasted malts and white raisans. Medium sweet and light bitter. Medium body, low carbonation. Creamy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2592) - Hagen, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2016
0.5 l bottle (#012866) from ’BierPost.com’, best before end 2023. Clear, dark reddish amber with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, off-white head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, wild honey, strawberry jam, candied cherried and some raisins. Rather sweet, very malty and slightly fruity taste of caramel, wild honey, molasses, raisins, some vanilla and candied cherries, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, a little warming-alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice stuff! Not too deep, but very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (6195) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2016
500 ml bottle sampled June 2016. Clear, deep reddish golden body with a big tan head. Aroma has smooth malt and caramel with dry fruit. Flavor is quite sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit, a nice hint of oxidation and warming alcohol. Moderate bitterness. Fine body and smooth, sweet aftertaste. Another nice Fullers Vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13638) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4868) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Washington. Aged for approx. 3 years; Very dark hazy amber coloured with a sweet currant and cherry flavour, slight soapy fruity and spicy flavours oin the finish. Pretty good but tastes better when fresher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8194) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2016
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 2023
Bottle #028641
Aroma is sweet and heavy with fruits and caramel. Also toffee candy. Flavour has toffee, dried fruits, caramel and mild fruity hops. Finishes with biscuits and menthol. Also flavour is sweet and heavy. More like American Strong Ale by aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7288) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Sampled from a 16 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy medium brown color with a large creamy-soapy orange-tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet caramel, toffee, black cherry, raisin and fig. The flavor was strong raisin, plum and molasses followed by toffee, a hint of banana and some brandy. Long finish. Medium body. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Bottle 500ml (2013) - cellared for 3 years. Served at cellar temperature. Pours a bright copper. Head is off white, averaged sized and is mostly lasting. Aroma is rich and complex, with notes of brandy, quince paste, spiced fruit loaf, glazed orange slices, aniseed balls (red), burnt toffee, toasted malts and chocolate (light). Flavour is a light, earthy hop bitterness with toasted malts, brandy soaked fruit cake, caramelized dates, dried oranges, burnt brown sugar, aniseed (light), rum and raisin chocolate (light), a pinch of cinnamon and toasted/earthy wood notes in the finish. Full bodied with light carbonation, an oily texture and a good length, warming finish. Top stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mice (886) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Tumman kuparinen, keskiruskean värinen olut melko pienellä vaalealla vaahdolla, joka häviää aika nopeasti jättäen vain aavistuksenomaisen kerroksen oluen pinnalle. Tuoksu tamminen ja viljaisa sekä alkoholinen, jopa aavistuksen viskinen, vaniljainen ja karamellisen makea, oikein toimiva kokonaisuus. Maku maltainen, karamellinen ja varsin makea, mutta samalla ennen kaikkea loppupuoleltaan hieman enemmän yrttisen humaloitu. Keskitäyteläinen suutuntuma, runko vähän turhan kevyt loppujen lopuksi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drmet (897) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2016
2013 Vintage No. 012859 L: -pours a hazy glowing dark amber with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head -medium carbonation visible S: -sweet orange,strawberries,rose hip tea,apricots,spicy T: -spicy,caramel,orange,apri grapefruit -medium bitterniss for the style (surprisingly hoppy still after 2.5yrs) -finishes dry F: -low to medium carbonation -light to medium body -slight alcohol noticeable O: The "Imperial Bitter" description fits this nicely. Good overall, but considering the hefty price tag, i was a bit disappointed. I would take any of Fuller’s regulars (London Pride,1845,ESB etc.) over this.

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