JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similiar to 1999 IMO. Bronze colored, with a head that spans the glass. Aroma malts and Britsh hops. Nicely balanced between bitterness and malty. Dry finish. Fantastic Beer.
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle No. 04843
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Beautiful malt aroma, fruity; Porto wine; sweet, fresh wood. I may feel more if all those bastards around me would stop smoking!
Powerful mouthfeel, malty, liquorice, caramel, light wallnuts.
Long finish, bearing both hop bitterness and bitter maltiness (and liquorice, and light litchie fruitness).
Wonderful. Would like to taste it in another couple of years.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is hoppy with a nice Indian spice, plenty of fruit and some caramel.Smooth velvetty palatte, excellent vanilla, only mild fruitiness, hints of chocolate and caramel, and a big hoppy bitter finish that rivals a west US IPA. Some sweetness creeps back into the aftertaste but the bitterness is is pretty puckering and long.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2003 Bottle #38231: The color was a glowing amber with a small, tight beige head. The aroma was full and rounded...brown sugar, caramel, bready, malty sweet. The flavor was strong of caramel and alcohol...some breadiness. Soft carbonation...semi-dry finish.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red amber with a white head. Sweet bready aroma. Touches of raoast, grapes, and cotton candy. Sweet ice tea like flavor with some caramel in the quick-underwhelming finish of grass. Relatively light palate.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didnt let mine age at all. Shoot me. anyway, the nose was just like a regular english ale: like a molasses or light smoke , mixxed with sweetness. the body was full and intense. everything was like a regular english ale except MORE of it and far more in your face. I tasted like smoked fruits or a candyness thats been burnt. very enjoyable.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle # 40697) I had high hopes for my first Fullers Vintage Ale, but was profoundly disappointed. Everything started nicely; the beer poured a rich amber color with a creamy tan head, and the aroma was of bready malts, caramel, and a hint of cider. Flavor was initially light candied fruit, caramel, and light alcohol notes. Over time, the alcohol became very strong, to the point that this beer would have been better served in a shotglass. A very bitter, astringent, throat-burning alcohol aftertaste dominated the palate after a few ounces. I am surprised to see this is only 8.5% ABV, as Vintage 2000 became very difficult to drink. By far the most poorly masked alcohol in a beer I've ever tasted.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #38931: Pours a copper amber color with a one inch off-white, lightly lacing head. Nose is strong, fruity and complex, erupting with berries. Body is lightly bitter and full of malty sweetness. Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. Finishes dry and honey-like and well-balanced. A great English strong ale that has aged well and still has a few good years in it.
aracauna (3352) - Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best of the three vintages I've had of Fuller's Vintage Ale. The 1999 may have been past it's peak perhaps and the 2001 struck me as too bitter and alcoholic for a good balance. This however, was excellent. Very fruity and malty body balances the alcholic flavors and aroma and the bittering hops peak through only enough to prevent the malts from running away with the flavor. Considering the 1999, this beer has perhaps peaked and probably should be consumed soon. The appearance could use a more lively head, but who cares when the flavor is this good.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Improper glassware, I'm so soory, but we were simply victims of circumstance, I was at the mercy of Wisconsinites (thanks John). A hazy orange/amber body, a rich and thick tan head, very dense. Ripe fruits, rich & full, berries and subdued alcohol with some spices as well. Tastes of woody hints among a BIG lightly roasted barley flavor. Full mouthfeel, creamy and smooth all the way through, carbonation is perfect. So complex, a dry finish, well drawn out and very deep. Yeast, hops and alcohol are in perfect synchrony, a bit more malt character and whammo! I'd be knocked on my ass, GREAT BEER!!