Back in the summer, the wife picked up a beer in a box. That must mean it’s special! It was a Fullers Vintage Ale 2013. The description on the box tells you to cellar it was up to TEN YEARS ! So, instead of drinking it, I put it in my cellar beside my 2013 Winter Beard and Siamese Twin Ale.
As time passed, I thought about it….how will I know how much the flavours change if I don’t drink it and record it NOW? So I grabbed another one.
A few days before the gym Christmas party, Mark was out buying beer to bring and was sending me pics as he did. He asked if I had ever had Fullers Vintage Ale and I told him I had one that needed drinking; you get that one and we’ll drink them at the party. Brilliant!
That is, until we got there and his bottle looked different from mine. He had a 2014 Vintage Ale. Well heck, that’s a different beer all together!
We poured them out and they were different colours all together. The 2014 was light brown with a big foamy head (big since he was still drinking out of a Red Solo cup). It smelled like a malty English ale and it tasted (from what I had, which wasn’t much) mild and a touch malty. Not a bad English ale, I suppose…
Now, compare that to the 2013 Vintage Ale…..
Country of Origin: England
Alcohol Content: 8.5%
Vessel: Red Solo cup by way of bottle by way of box