Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 236   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1110) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
Stone cellared in box aged at 15-17C. Pours a deep clear amber/red with a sudsy off white bubbly head retaining lots of lacing. Immediate nose of alcohol, raisins, caramel, soured ripe fruit, and yeasty brown bread. Sweet, and hoppy. It will all calm down as usual over the next few years. This is a particularly good batch as is, but I’d still give it 3 more years to really start to shine. Brown butter, mineral notes. Traces of iodine, molasses. Cakey. Finish is herbal and clean. This is very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
___Steve___ (71) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
Opened the bottle on June 25th 2016, it pours out a little murky with a soft quickly fading head with microscopic carbonation bubbles. Brownish orange ruddy colour like pumpkin pie filling, it’s unfiltered. You can smell the yeast aromas coupled with heavy notes of brown liquor and wood barrel slightly acerbic. Some stone fruit aroma like peaches balanced with spices cinnimon nutmeg influence the fragrance. Smooth and sweet at first with malt flavours coming up front. The taste has legs it lingers on your tongue and leaves you with a warming feel. After three years of cellar aging this beer it has become mellow and easy to drink, excellent for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (830) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 25, 2016
Look: orange brown, cloudu. Aroma; quince jam, dried apricote. Taste: strong sweetness, moderate fruity sourness, some spicy bitterness. Flavour: candied fruits, dried apricotes, dried figs. Light grassy bitterness at the end. Good. It is very similar to 2012 but more sweet and probably complex. tasted at May 22 2016

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2277) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 23, 2016
SAMPLE 75 ml at tasting. Big malts, quince jam, alcohol-infused candies, bit of balanced faded grassy bitterness. Not too complex, but surely yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maersk (212) - MOLDOVA - MAY 1, 2016
Medium head, dark amber and murky. Smells quince jam. Full malty body. Tastes fruit, quince, and a bit of alcohol. There is a slight sourness in the aftertaste though. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AtronSeige (1399) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 28, 2016
Aroma: Medium dark fruits, plums, molasses. Medium-light sweet bread-crusts, vanilla. No hops. Light floral, sharpness, rum, alcohol. Appearance: Clear copper body. Small, off-white head, fair retention. Flavour: Medium molasses, medium-light banana bread, sweet bread-crust. Medium-high bitterness. Dry finish with lingering light molasses and light alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium-light warming. Full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth. Overall: The beer is very molasses-y. Bitterness is good and warming is definitely there, but the beer misses a bit of complexity. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Tanja! 17A. British Strong Ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1497) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2016
Clear amber pour with a sweet boozy pear liquor aroma. Taste follows nose with a watery mouth feel. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3670) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2016
Lovely clear amber with a beige cap. Aroma is full and a little boozy with cognac and Indian fudge, pears, sultana, ginger, cassia, white pepper. 8+ Creamy and soft until a big whack of alcohol intrudes. Moderately sweet, not all that heavy with still some Indian sweetmeat spicy notes in with the gentle bitterness.Has a lot going for it and is certainly not a staid drink or one that is all that much like previous vintages I’ve had, but too much overt alcohol - I would have expected that to fade by now if it was going to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (271) - - MAR 12, 2016
Pours nice amber with small white head with some lacing. Aroma is toasted, some earth, clove, sweet fruit esters, resin, molasses, toffee. Medium sweet, medium bitter, average long aftertaste, slightly salty. Body is medium to full, palate is oily, carbonation is soft. Very tasty and not too one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5315) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
(No 020409. BB 2023) Une robe ambrée avec un col beige qui ne fait pas grand bruit. Au nez, pain épicé et agrumes, caramel anglais, parfum boisé et tarte à la farlouche. intéressant! Au goût, raisins secs dorés sur fond de toffee, échos de cerises et discrètes épices. En bouche, un corps moyen-faible avec un pétillement modéré et une texture légèrement huileuse. Une finale très raisins avec une touche amère d’alcool.

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