Fullerís Vintage Ale 2013

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The 2013 Fullerís Vintage, our 17th edition, is brewed with four of this yearís 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Motobashi (107) - Windsor, Ontario, - APR 25, 2014
Poured a hazy, deep apricot amber with a thin offwhite head. Citrus and caramel notes. Lively carbonation. Sweet up front. Moderately bitter finish. The alcohol is evident, but not over powering. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (2054) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3235) - 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 Fullerís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (2215) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3293) - 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 Iíve not yet reviewed on RB. Notes for this one: "Thereís an earthiness in this one that I didnít 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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (4484) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (8420) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (3188) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2016
Still here, THT December at deansoís!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 (2516) - Hagen, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2016
0.5 l bottle (#012866) from íBierPost.comí, 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 (6133) - 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 (13557) - 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.

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