Fuller's Vintage Ale 2013

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


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RATINGS: 243   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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BadAprilia1000 (435) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma is fruit, molasses, sweet bread, apple, pear, caramel, yeast, funk, clove, alcohol. Taste is molasses, malt, caramel, funk, clove, booze, green apple peel, bright pleasant fruit. Great beer, aged well over 2 years, wish I had the patience to hold it longer, it has a best by date of 2023.

MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle @ THT February. Pours hazy reddish beer with a quickly disappearing, off white head on top. Aroma of caramel, malts, some sugary molasses. Flavor is sweet, loads of sugar and some booze and a big base of caramel. A bit unbalanced and could use more age, but still a nice beer.

CanIHave4Beers (4238) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bootle, courtesy of myself, poured @ dining room table, just now.
Pours a lightly hazy rust color with a decent enough head that fades into a small head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity, most specifically figs, red apples, and (more generally) cooked fruit. It’s got some toffee in there. It does for better or worse show it’s alcoholic strength on the nose.

The flavor has an almost brandy like flavor, certainly alcoholic... but also in a warming way. It’s got some cherry, some toffee, & some vanilla... which is to say that it’s on the sweet side but decidedly not cloying. The bitterness is low but lingers in the finish.

All together this is a wonderfully enjoyable beer. Not something that’s usually up my alley, but it’s still fun to have something like this every now and again.

deanso (10266) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - FEB 27, 2015
50cl bottle shared @THT courtesy of and shared with SIC1314. Thin creamy off white head. Hazy amber pour. A lovely beer. I do love the Fullers Vintage ales

sic1314 (4773) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
Poured medium amber with a dense off white head. Aroma of medium sweet berries and soft malt. Medium body, flavour of sweet berries and bitter dryness. A decent vintage.

miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - FEB 22, 2015
Cervesa amb un fort gust a caramel i amb un lleuger toc àcid, és molt maltosa i agradable de beure, ideal per prendre amb calma. Cerveza con un fuerte sabor a caramelo y con un ligero toque ácido, es muy maltosa y agradable de beber, ideal para tomar con calma.

Mjp12 (2119) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Has been in my "cellar" , and has obviously enjoyed its time there! Pours crystal clear copper colour with a thin head. Honey and dried fruits on the aroma, it tastes like a great Belgian/ Trappist ale. There is still enough hops in there to leave a clean finish. Should have bought more than one!

degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a vibrant red-gold with a high, mixed-grain cream-colored head. Nose is fig, date, raisins, cardamom, coriander, turbinado sugar, dark rum, bourbon, Christmas cake, vanilla, caramel -- this is a big ol’ mix of deliciousness. Rich and smoky on the palate, shading more towards the darker flavors; it’s even getting into chocolate and molasses on the tongue, with a tobacco and dark rum harmony note. It’s a little disjointed now, but given time it will integrate nicely... and I have a second bottle to put away and forget for a while. How serendipitous.

fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2015

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2013, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Fullers Vintage Ale 2013 ].
Clear medium to dark yellow - orange amber color with a average, open and frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, fruity, dried berry - fruit, light caramell. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, vintage, dried fruit, malty, light alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. A bit ruff and young .. will improve by a bit of ageing ... [20130814]

tomekk1978 (1500) - Z±bki, POLAND - JAN 6, 2015
Barwa i piana: barwa bursztynowa, głęboka, lekko zamglona. Piana lekko zabarwiona , kremowa, umiarkowanej wielkości o podobnej trwałości. Aromat: alkoholowy, winny i estrowy - czerwone owoce, wiśnie, śliwki. W tle nuty słodowe - tostowe i melanoidynowe oraz miód, co sugeruje utlenienie. Smak: słodki, słodowy z akcentem lekko kwaskowym. Wyraźne nuty owocowe (wiśnie, śliwki), nieco chmielu ziołowego oraz wyraźne nuty beczkowe (drewniane). Goryczka i odczucie w ustach: umiarkowana goryczka, raczej delikatna i krótka. Krągła pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie i nieco ostry, alkoholowy (winny) posmak na finiszu. 17 edycja tego piwa, w którym co roku zmieniane są składniki (m.in. chmiel). Miałem okazję próbować go dotychczas trzykrotnie (przed kilkoma laty oraz w zeszłym roku) i mam wrażenie, że ubiegłoroczna wersja była ciekawsza. Przyznam, że trunek spędził w mojej szafie ładnych kilka miesięcy, ale wymagam od niego przyjemnego starzenia się. W tym przypadku zabrakło mi nieco delikatności, a nuty winne są nie do końca przyjemne. Zarówno w aromacie, jak i smaku. Powinno być lepiej.

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