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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2000

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle Conditioned.
85,000 bottles of Vintage Ale were produced with an organic theme, using Champion Optic Malt and Organic Target Hops. A fresh hop aroma with notes of honey and toffee, leads to a slightly sweeter taste and burnt, bitter aftertaste.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7999) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2013
500ml still bottle conditioned despite best before end of 2003. Bottle no. 54347 bought at Fullers Brewery Shop and shared with Finn back home. Decent off-white head covering a cloudy, dark apricot coloured body. Aroma of dried fruits and caramel added by a cellar-like vintage touch. Rather comprehensive taste of raisin, figs and herbal hops joined by leather and biscuits. Dry, very dry, bittersweet ending. Well bodied. A truly grown-up brew. Tasty (Tromsø, 13.03.2013).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (10514) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
Etwas oxidierter Antrunk, wenig herb, breite Malzigkeit. Geringe passende Süße, hellmalzig würzig, süffig. 10/11/12/12/12/12

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
18.6 oz bottle No. 62853 49° in English Pint-Pours a clear amberish brown with a big loose off white head. Aroma of sweetness, honey, hops, and malt. Taste of malt, sweetness, toffee, caramel, honey, and hops. This medium bodied brew has held up exceptionally well. It is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13373) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber/reddish/brown - white head. Sweetness, nutty, berries, light oxidation, herbal, raisins, light burned and roasted malts, walnuts, caramel, oakey.... Tjaaa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6646) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
50cl bottle courtesy of Belgbeergeek @ Belgian RB Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Bottle# 70745. Cuivrée, trouble, col beige fin. Arôme présente cet unique bouquet de bière ayant déjà qcq années. Rien de mauvais mais ajoute à l’expérience, note malt caramel, qcq fruits noirs et un profile houblonné ayant depuis longtemps quitté les lieux. Palais est agréablement bien malté, caramel/toffee restant encore assez doux, ici aussi je note une dominance fruité noire, alternant entre raisin et prune, pêche, qcq épices et ce profile de levure pour une bière qui arrive doucement à sa limite d’age.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3710) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
Bedankt Belgbeergeek. 50 cl. fles gedeeld met Belgbeergeek & Sebletitje @ Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Fles nr. #70745 van 8500 flessen. 12 jaar oud, ik ben benieuwd, is het nog altijd goed zoals een bier zoals dit eigenlijk echt wel zou moeten zijn of is het echt al compleet uit elkaar gevallen. De leeftijd is zichtbaar wat het uiterlijk betreft, donker, redelijk hard wazig vos rood, amber, kraag is vooral wat verspreide, bubbels. Geur verraad ook onmiddellijk de leeftijd, beetje waterig, muffig, geoxideerd, stoffig, vintage,… maar geur en uiterlijk zijn uiteindelijk nooit echt van belang bij vintage bieren. Wat wel telt is de smaak en die is zowel duidelijk vintage als uitstekend, rozijnen, toffee, karamel, zoete vintage, toffee noten, bruine suiker, karamel mout, bio kruiden, honing, beschuit, cake toetsen, wat fruit en oxidatie. Uiteraard, wat platter, lichtjes uitgedund maar echt niet veel … uitstekend.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Clear orange-red coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of oak. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10775) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
#0117 sampled 2012-11-13 clear brown, small white head. slightly dusty aroma, like oxidized hops.flavor is roasted stiuff, dried fruits, faint hoppy notes. very very nice flavor for the age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3063) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle, 50 cl, no 01778. Clear orange amber with an ok off white head. Deep toffeeish nose, lots of caramel. Taste is just like honey, long and lingering, some spice. Burned malt. Full bodies, a winter warmer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (8351) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle at home (from the brewery shop July ’12) - 23/09/12. No. 54386. Slightly obscured reddish amber with a thin off-white head that thins to the edges, forms a pond, but then retains fairly well. Rich dark fruits dominate the nose, prunes, cherries, slightly earthy and musty and some nuttiness - but it’s a few years old so I can get this! Taste absolutely top notch. Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, prunes, dates, figs, dark sugars, a little biscuit and bread to balance. Perfect on the palate - smooth, minimal soft carbonation, spot on ! Another great vintage from Fullers, still highly drinkable, although the nose has started to wain. Big relief that this one was in fine fettle after a recent ’99 had ’gone’ although no signs of damp on the label as was the case with that one.


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