Fuller's Vintage Ale 2015

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

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To mark the 50th anniversary of famous British malt variety Maris Otter, we’ve brewed our 19th vintage ale with all British ingredients.

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3.6
hawthorne00 (4116) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2017
Copper with an off white head that fades to a good coat. Fat malt with some toast, nuts and biscuit, a brandy-like whiff of booze, grapefruit. A little leaner than expected 3+ with a drying and quite bitter finish. Simpler than some years' -- or is it just that it's not quite ready?

3.8
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2017
26/VIII/17 - 50cl bottle @ RBBSG17 - BB: 2025 (2017-1350) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange to amber beer, small creamy yellowish head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, some honey, sugary, vanilla notes. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter start, malty, some honey, dried fruits, alcohol. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, malty, alcohol, milk chocolate, honey, dried fruits, caramel, lovely stuff. I like a good strong ale with some age on it.

3.5
MoritzF (10095) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2017
(bottle, #103055) Hazy, dark amber colour with a beige and medium-sized frothy head. Bready malty aroma with notes of caramel, dried fruits, alcohol-soaked raisins and herbal hoppy spice in the background. Sweet flavor and slightly bitter, medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Mildly earthy and delicately syrupy malty base with notes of dried figs, raisins, caramel and herbal hops; moderately sweet, fruity and caramelly finish with notes of booze shining through. 02.XI.17

4.4
mviljamaa (189) - FINLAND - OCT 30, 2017
Pours with thin lace. Clear and the coppery color is close to a perfect color for an ale. Aroma is rich but mild with typical ale maltiness as well as some red berries (rosehip, raspberry), some caramel. Nothing wrong with the aroma. Palate is slightly oily. Taste follows the aroma and there's sweet, but mild maltiness, faint crispy burnt/roast taste, rosehip hints, caramel becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste, some alcohol (but not too much). A very "sleek" ale with nothing wrong and very little to ask for more. I don't find it worth the price tag (2-3x more than cheaper, but still good strong ales). Reminds of a watery Rochefort a bit.

3.5
klm1 (1871) - Bled/SF, - OCT 20, 2017
Pours deep amber, clear, with long lasting foamy off-white/beige head. Visually moderate high carbonation. Aroma: intense hop aroma, with citrusy, grapefruit like, spicy, flowery note, supported with tossted toffe, slightly caramel like malt notes. Flavor: gentle caramel, toffee, white bread like, slightly honey-ish malt backbone is perfectly balanced with hop flavors, with notes, mentioned above. Finish is spicy, citrusy bitter and slightly sticky. Hop bitterness is high and lingers thorough finish in aftertaste. Body is medium, texture is almost creamy smooth, carbonation is medium to high.

3.8
Rubin77 (2593) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2017
F: big, tan, average retention. C: dark coppery, hazy. A: malty, fruity, bit sourness, caramel, bit dried fruity, bit herbal. T: malty, caramel, herbal, grassy, touch of fruity sourness, bit citrus, dried fruits, bit nuts, sour fruity with malty sweet tones, quite good joined together, strong but relatively easy drinkable, medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, good, enjoyed, here in BE 7,5€ and in original Fullers shop already 16£, rate # 150 from England 0,5l bottle N° 076285, BB: end 2025, from Malt Attacks in Brussels.

3.4
77ships (11051) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2017
500 ml. bottle shared @ RBBSG17. Clear orange, creamy off-white head. Nose is dull empty iron metallic caramel. Taste is bland metallic cereal, caramel, toffee, sweet herbs. Empty metallic caramel bodied. Very unexciting, I have no idea why I keep buying Fuller beers expecting to love them.

2.7
Benzai (16690) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2017
Sampled @ RBBSG 2017. Clear amber color, average sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, caramel, raisins. Meh, not very good imo. Don’t like it.

3.8
berkshirejohn (6660) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2017
50cl bottle #030779 from Waitrose, Bracknell. Rating #6500. A bright amber pour with a thin cream coloured head and moderate carbonation; aroma of burnt sugar; dry in the mouth with demarara sugar, butterscotch, boozy raisins and prunes, and a pleasant warmth; then some peppery hops adding a gentle bitterness to a caramel finish. Really good, seems like 18 months is a good length of time to keep these beers.

3.7
ruigo (3080) - PORTUGAL - JUL 18, 2017
500ml bottle. Dark amber with a small off-white head. Malty, caramel, fruity, nutty and wood. Good.


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