aracauna (3160) - 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 (679) - 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!!
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 38477. Packaged in a burgundy box, packed with excelsior. Pours out a deep red-mahogany color, with a buff
colored head that fades to edge lacing. Aromas are of fresh grains, caramel, candy, dried apricots, and strawberries. Very
aromatic. Tastes of caramel, slight maltiness, and a slight hops bitterness. Very smooth on the palate. Coats the tongue like a
syrup. Hides the alcohol very well. Warming to the stomach upon impact. A very well balanced beer. Almost too easy to drink.
I'm glad I found a case (12 bottles) of this to hide away for awhile.
Dogbrick (8795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #38294. Thanks to Indra for the trade. I liked this a little less than the '99, if only because it seemed a little less subdued. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick sand-colored head. Mild lacing. Strong aroma of malt and alcohol. Robust body with flavors of malt, caramel, vanilla and plum. Finish is syrupy-sweet and lasting. Good stuff.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No. 73559: This beer is my first try at Fuller's Vintage. This beer poured a reddish orange color and formed an off white bubbly head that left circular lace when it subsided. Some carbonation was also present. An aroma of malt, caramel, plums and a slight hint of the alcohol. The flavor was of malt, caramel, a touch of grain with a lingering presence of wood. The finish was astrigent and carried a touch of the alcohol in it. A very good barley wine and well worth the wait.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003: Cloudy dark brown color. Fruity nose with a nice mellow maltiness and just a touch of alcohol. Body is heavy with malt and more hops than the 2001 but less alcohol presence and more balanced. Very nice, the best of 99, 00 and 01.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Caramely-vanilla aroma. One of the best beers I've ever had...so smooth yet rich and heavy somehow. Beautiful darkened crimson. Love the strong stewed fruitiness.
Radek Kliber (6541) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice highly refined set of aromas. As its aged it becomes smoother, nobler. Same great look as 2001 year. What is worth to add that this year had specific great aftertaste.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange-copper w/ beige head. Subtle blend of fruit, caramel, earth & wood in the nose. Full bodied & chewy. Flavour was a more robust version of nose. Finish was nicely bitter & lightly acidic. Sampled in 2003
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like vanilla, citrus candy. Many different fruits present in the flavor compliment a woody, earth-like quality. Lsighly cloudy, dark golden color with a rich, lasting white head. Slight alcoholic nose, a tad too bitter in the finish, which may mellow with aging. This is a good beer. Very similar to some barley wines.