I've been tracking the Fuller's vintage beers since 2005 and started these five year old side by sides a few years ago. I buy a few every year as part of our local state monopoly's beneficence and every year I think... that'll take a few years to get there. This year's version, as almost illustrated, is no exception except it is an exceptional exception. There is the lovely aroma that hangs in your nose after the glass is gone. Hot afternoon grain field with a lash of sultana raisin. In the mouth, dignified twiggy herbal hop cutting the ball of pale malt with its tones of husk, straw and sweet. But not time. When you have one of these years after there is more of the sense of the effort and concern of those involved murmuring there in the little acids that spring up over time. A hint of a wrinkle at the corner of the eye or maybe a coarseness, the calloused hand on the rake. The warehouse full of malt. It's not there yet to be tasted. But it is there. Waiting.
England: Fuller's Vintage Ale 2012, Jolly Old, L'town
Posted by Alan McLeod on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Aged Beer, England and English Styles, Big Bombs - leave a comment