Raise a toast to friendship

Brewed exclusively with home-grown ingredients, Vintage Ale 2018 tips its cap to our enduring association with the hop growers, merchants and maltsters of the UK. It's a celebration of teamwork – an ode to long-lasting friendship – but we doubt you'll want to share a single drop…

Rich and warming

Our 22nd Vintage Ale features the kind of tempting tropical flavours you might normally associate with 'new-world' hops - but the beer's passion fruit and mango notes actually come courtesy of the UK's own Olicana® hop variety.

Alongside Olicana®, we've used the Kent-born Ernest hop and a classic combination of Target, Goldings, Challenger and Northdown varieties. The malts, meanwhile, continue the best-of-British theme – only natural given that all of Fuller's malting barley is sourced in the UK.

Brewer's notes

Brewed to 8.5% ABV, Vintage Ale 2018 pours a deep amber colour and greets the nose with rich aromas of cherry, almond and warming alcohols. On the palate, familiar fruitcake flavours mingle with tropical notes from the Olicana® hop, while the Crystal malt lends the beer a distinctive biscuity sweetness. Bottle conditioned as ever, the flavours will continue to mature for as long as you can resist opening.

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Taste profile

Sight: Deep amber
Smell: Cherries, sultanas, almonds
Taste: Tropical, rich and warming

Raise a glass

Alongside Crystal malt, Vintage Ale 2018 sees the triumphant return of Maris Otter malt – another brilliant British ingredient and a key feature of many of our classic vintages to date.


Ale yeast
Malts: Maris Otter, Crystal, Pale
Hops: Olicana®, Ernest, Target, Goldings, Challenger, Northdown

Nutrition (per 100ml)

  Keg/bottle Cask
Energy (Kcal): 84
Energy (KJ): 344.5 344,5
Protein (g): 0.64 0.64
Carbohydrates (g): 5.51 5.51
Bitterness (IBU): 40 40
ABV: 8.5 8.5

Food pairing

Take a bolognese to new depths.

The intense complexity of Vintage Ale 2018 stands up perfectly to the rich game meat of a venison bolognese, with the long, slow braise of the ragu an ideal match for the deep flavours produced by the beer's hop combination.