Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, Ruby color liquid. Nice eggshell head. Fullerís hasnít disappointed either. Not bad. Good malt and hops. A little watery in comparison to Boulevard Nutcracker. The best of this category Iíve had. Smooth drinkable. Fullerís doesnít disappoint on this review. Solid Beer. Not as potent as I would expect from an English Strong Ale.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown amber body with loose beige head. Nose is woody with a caramel flavor. The taste is slightly bitter with a light alcohol bite. The overall flavor is very woody and nutty. The finish is very smooth with just a little hint of wood. This may be the worlds bet session beer. Great beer.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml brown bottle, 6.3%v/v. Poured a clear red amber body with a frothy golden brown head. Spicy aroma with hops coming through at the end.Spicy treacle rich fruity flavour with nice malt/hop balance. OK mouthfeel. Long fruity somewhat bitter finish. I bought four to get a free high quality limited edition bottle opener and I realised that this excellent beer hints at the flavours of Vintage Ale.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good beer. Very dark red/brown appearance, with a thick light tan head. Strong alcohol, roasted aroma. Taste was rich, but a little too bitter. Not too overpowering. A little bit an ASA.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The rep that sampled this told me this was Fullers Vintage Ale that wasnít matured yet. That may or may not be true, but I do know enough that I liked this stuff. Although young, it still had a nice hop characteristic that was noticeable. I also noted chocolate and sweet toffee. Light bitterness with was also there but somehow not balanced yet.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled from207th street warehouse
Color is reddish/lightbrownwith a small head, tase is slight malt with fruit notes.
crisp hoppy aftertaste, a good one
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was somewhat subdued smelling, weak hops and some roasty, sweet malt. Head that lasted, dark toffee color. Taste starts out mouth filling and sweet but fades into a flattish semi-dry finish with a chalky aftertaste. Malts are bridging the gap between light and dark, with both raisin and honey notes. Decent, but...meh.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber/red color with a medium tan head
that quickly dissipated. Aroma of roasted malt, hops(Goldings?) and a
sort of gingerbread smell. Flavors of
roasted malt, molasses, nuts with the
bitterness of the hops finishing it off nicely.
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. pours a hazy brown with a thick tan head. inviting aroma of malt. flavor is a bold chocolate malt that is great. finish leaves a chocolate raisin and cookie flavor. i will buy more of this.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmmm.... this is a beer which I have never thought much of, yet I have heard so many people tell me how great it is, and itís one of the highest rated beers available in these parts. Again I was relatively unimpressed.
Pours a beautiful deep red colour with a nice, lacey, yellow head.
Aroma is quite buttery with biscuits (or maybe fresh scones with butter - mmmm) with some fruitiness in the back and some nice enough maltiness.
Tastes malty, but not really that malty. I appreciate the fact that itís not sickly sweet like a lot of English strong ales but this needs something else to make it interesting. Definite biscuity flavour (amber malt?) with a relatively strong bitterness.
Nice smooth body, relatively low carbonation.
I would say that I think this beer does the little things quite well - nice complexity, very nice body etc. - but doesnít really do the big things well enough to get me excited.