Oakes (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled 2003: Hazy orange-amber; caramel and malt. Earthy, twiggy hops. Lemon rind dryness in the finish. A good age.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
What a brew!
I was going to wait until later this year to open this beauty, but fuck it!
The aroma is malty, yeasty and fruity. with notes of apple, apricot, caramel, English toffee and dark bread dough. For me, the hops are lost in the aroma. The alcohol is well-hidden also.
This sparkling clear, light copper beer, has a large, fizzy, off-white head. Partially lasting with decent lacework.
The flavor is of caramel, dark fruits, peaches and warm alcohol. Well-balanced with a bitter hop addition. The high ABV really rears it's head here. This is not a complaint as it is very cold outside right now and the alcohol is very warming and comforting.
Full-bodied with a full, silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Long, alcoholic, bitter, lightly pungent finish. Damp fescue at the wee end.
Excellent brew. Glad I popped it open a bit early.
More great stuff from Fullers.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 63618. Seems darker than the '99, a tawny caramel color, medium head that offers nice lacing. Aroma woody and butterscotchy, perhaps less complex than the '99 but still awesome. Very sweet; alcohol noticeable but well-integrated into the woody, creamy flavor. Smooth as silk. I need to get more bottles of this, the '99, hell every year, and keep 'em.
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One beautiful, mouth filling ale. Taste is malt, caramel, some great hoppy bitterness, some citric fruit. There is some VOC ó I don't know the name, but it is too strong in some red beers like raison d'etre and raison d'extra. it is present here and is sort of a distraction ... it will probably disappear with age and I will like the beer even more. I prefer the 1999, but that may just be the benefit of an additional year of aging.
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As good as it gets...it matches the 1999. Clean, easy, strong beautiful. Holds its head and flavor through the whole experience!!!
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 Shimmering hops randomly explode in a minuscule hail of citrusy fire onto the crackling caramel heartwood...A faint garlic smoke blanket slowly emanates like a sleepy genie seeping out of his comfy urn...This beautiful bonfire is lighter and more Scotch Ale-like than the 1999...4.1/5
A 5-year-old bottle shows perfumy hand lotion and floral brightness as its most obvious constituents...Malt sweetness has dropped and wooden, resinous hops are still obvious...3.6/5
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit smoother than the 2001. All are a dark amber brown, and this one poured with the most vigorous head. Strong maltiness, with an alcoholic tinge. Hops are very agressive, especially for an english ale, and body is very full and robust. An excellent beer.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
talk about full bodied! the richness of the malts just fill the mouth and coat the tongue. most of fullers' beers smell the same to me, they just have accents in different places, it is like that whole tomato tomaato thing. ok so i dont know how to type that but whatever. malty with some diacetyl and a hint of earthiness in the nose. lots of malt in the flavor with other flavors jumping in to keep it exciting. they include alcohol, plums, slight hint of earthy hops, and lots of foffe flavors in the finish. for such a full bodied beer this one clears out of the mouth quite well, it is a very clean beer.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was amazed at how this improved from cellar temp (50-55F) to room temp. The first few sips of this the sweetness of malt was quite disjointed from the earthy hop charge, but quickly came together quite nicely. When it reached room temp it was quite good.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Nice red brown with long lasting tan head. Medium strong, malty nose. The Hops are nice and strong aand counterbalance the powerful toasty malt. Love that alcohol burn but it would be lovely to get this experience in a lower ABV beer. I'd drink a ton of it!