Fuller’s Vintage Ale (2011)

It’s pretty rare that I go back and review a brew that I’ve had before, even though it’s from a different vintage. This was a beer, actually, the entire lineup, seriously floors me. When Kate brought this one home for me, I was very excited. I’ve come to expect nothing but liquid bliss from this brewery. Let’s take a trip across the pond…


ABV: 8.5%

Style: Old Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vintage Ale is a truly distinguished bottle-conditioned ale, crafted by Fuller’s Head Brewer, John Keeling. Each vintage is a blend of that year’s finest malt and hops, and of course our unique yeast, creating a unique limited edition brew. Bottle conditioning means that a little yeast is left in the bottle after bottling, which will mature slowly over time like a fine wine or whisky – well beyond the ‘best before’ date that we are obliged to state (we think it should read ‘best after!’). Here at Fuller’s, we recently opened (in the interests of research, of course) a few bottles of old Vintages: they tasted better than ever so stock up now and you’ll be glad you did in years to come!”

Random: I love the food that Ina Garten makes, but I find her on-air personality grating.

This one poured with a huge, three finger, fluffy, cream-colored head. It took forever to dissipated and left lots of pretty lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, burnt orange color. The nose presented with smoke and caramel malt. It was jolly good…or whatever the Brits say. The taste had some oak and a bit of smoke. It also had toffee and biscuit and a touch of vanilla. It wasn’t overly sweet, but definitely had a malt presence. The booze was really hidden in the thick body. The carbonation was plentiful. The finish was long. I really like this one. An absolutely pleasure to drink.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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