Fuller's Vintage Ale 2013

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

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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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puboflyons (3469) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2016
From bottle no. 115625. A long standing New Years Eve tradition of mine is to crack open a cellared Fuller’s Vintage. I found this 2013 long after it was released and I never got to try it until now. Beautiful reddish-amber pour with a modest, short-lived cream colored head. Big sweet, malty aroma with caramel, toffee, and even a touch of Anise or licorice. The body is smooth and better than medium. Very sweet flavor even after three years. No fading here. Also some licorice and a mild to moderate bitter finale. It is 8.5% ABV but the alcohol has well faded.

3.4
jerohen (2348) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2016
Bottled, bought years ago, not sure where. Beautiful copper/mahogany colored, small off-white head. Caramel malty nose, some hops, toast, bit nutty. Bittersweet flavor, caramel malts, some hops, quite light bodied, not overly complex. Unusual bittersweet finish. Aged too long or not long enough? Either way, for me it appears to be one of the least successful examples of the series.

3.9
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from LCBO - bottle #56312. Drunk on January 5th 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 I’ve not yet reviewed on RB. Notes for this one: "There’s an earthiness in this one that I didn’t find in previous vintages - perhaps from the winter barley that was used in the recipe? - so the plum and caramel sweetness is nicely tempered. Hops are still quite lively as well, giving a pleasant citrus marmalade bitterness in the finish."

3.7
Maakun (6340) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle at THT. Almost clear amber with cream colored head. Lots of sweet grapes, sweet malts, light peach, some fresh grass, red berries, bread crust, black berries. Medium sweet with alcoholic bitterness. Over medium bodied.

3.5
jmgreenuk (9870) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle at the December THT. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt, light floral hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a smooth rich woody light alcohol light liquorice bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
sjogro (4654) - 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.

3.7
Zlotta (3734) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, 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.

3.5
Beer5000 (6678) - 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.

3.8
HenrikSoegaard (14480) - 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.

3.6
zacgillbanks (5446) - 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.


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