Fuller's Vintage Ale 2013

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
London, 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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (413) - Toronto, Ontario, - JUN 14, 2014
500ml bottle. Alc./Vol. 8.5%. No.06523. Pours a clear deep amber colour with one finger of white head. Aroma is complex with notes of caramelized malts, toffee, dark fruits, and booz. Taste: Hoppy start, boozy, toffee in the middle and a well balanced spicy finish. Spiderweb lacing. Lively carbonation.


3.9
teddybeer (3969) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 3, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2017 Three years in my cellar
Brown color, off white head with short duration, some lacework. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, caramel, honey and dry fruits. Flavor is slightly bittery, toasty and earthy notes. Alcoholic presence. Bittery final, dry mouthfeel with light toasted malts on palate.

3.9
DerWeg (1697) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2017
500ml. Foggy orange is dropping clearer. Caramel and hints of vanilla. Fruity hop and alefruit. Some earthiness and bit of acidity. Body is solid.

3.8
Svesse (8694) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2017
(Bottle, #095868) Amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, slightly fruity nose with notes of dried apricots, orange, caramel, citrus peel, rye bread, raisins and raspberries. Malty, fruity taste with orange, mandarin, apricots, bread, raisins (sultanas), caramel, toffee, some strawberries and a balanced citric/earthy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain sweetness. Really tasty, and exceptionally well balanced (as usual). Very nice.

3.6
CanCrusher (1099) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAY 3, 2017
Bottle 0,50L. Hazy, dark amber color with small, frothy, off-white head. Aroma of plums, caramel, some berries. Taste starts light sweet and malty. Finish turns to light bitter, but still malty. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Not bad, but it doesn’t knocks me off...

3.7
tlind2 (1756) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2017
Bottle. Opaque amber color, frothy off-white head. Pleasant, sweet aroma of dried plums. Aromatic flavor with juicy malts, chocolate, notes of licorice. Full body, medium-high carbonation. Very nice, and a fair pairing with cheese.

4.6
Ysok02 (1724) - Mons, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2017
Robe ambrée, fine mousse. Nez puissant qui rappelle celui de l’orval de 3 ans, fourrure, malt, caramel, pointe de houblon, épices, cuir, café au lait. Bouche à l’attaque légèrement doucereuse, suave, élégant, bulle délicate, fine amertume et longue finale maltée. Une bière exceptionelle qui pourrait évoluer de nombreuses années. Impressionnante.

3.2
freretoc (1935) - Besançon, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2017
Bue en bouteille de 50cl (n°058474) à la brasserie. Couleur ambrée, peu de mousse pas de gaz. Nez sur la vanille Attaque sur le bois avec une pointe acide très ronde en fin de bouche il manquait quelque chose...

3.3
Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Part of a vertical tasting of vintage years 2008 through 2015, drank in January 2017. 2008 (bottle #127432) was rounded out to a solid caramel, with that lovely oxidation that makes vintage beers what they are. 2009 (#105287) suggested some tobacco and a luscious nose. 2010 (#094046) help up better than the 2011 (#108000), with better caramel flavors and some fizz; the later year was just flat and old tasting. 2012 (#125741) was clearly brighter in the nose, though losing some of its body, while the 2013 (#109909) was showing some signs of oxidation. 2014 (#141264) was equally bright with 2015 (#134049), and both were worthy bottles that I could have enjoyed had I just been sitting with the whole bottles. Thanks for my friends for joining me as I shared these bottles.

3.4
Renobob (2064) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 23, 2017
Bue en bouteille de 50cl (n°058474). Couleur ambrée, mousse blanche épaisse disparaissant rapidement. CO2 peu présent, maltée, délicatement houblonnée. Ronde en bouche. Finale courte.

3.9
Lagerboy (2221) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
500 ml bottle No. 036159. Unclear golden orange, creamy beige foam settles and mostly lasts. Aroma of rich sweet malts and earthy fruity hop. Taste is quite strong but not too boozy, darker toasted caramel toffee malt, slightly fruity, some spice. Softer carbonation, medium-Fuller bodied, moderately hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)


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