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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2000

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Bottle 52318. Great ale very much like a barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Vintage 1999 bottling 12/4/2002: 8 4 8 5 16 Ė 4.1
Bottle #73224. Pours a nice deep amber/red color, with a slightly off-white head. The aroma starts with sweet malts and moves to light piney and perfumy hops. Light and clean in the mouth. The flavors are very well balanced, starting sweet with malt and a touch of alcohol. A medium bodied finish with a nice dose of hops to balance. Well done, indeed. I still don't feel like I have a grasp on this style, but this has certainly been my favorite so far.

Vintage 2000 bottling 11/23/2002: 7 4 8 4 16 Ė 3.9
Bottle #63534. A nice dark red/orange body with a tight, full head. Flavors of soft fruit, caramel, malt/cereal, and a touch of hops. The alcohol is present but not over-powering. A nice balance makes this beer pleasant and enjoyable.

Vintage 2001 bottling 2/6/2003: 8 4 7 3 16 Ė 3.8
Bottle #07301. Pours a bright ruby color with a thick, off-white head that quickly retreats to a thin line. The nose has dry cereals, cherry, whisky, honey and a bit of sourness. The flavors have decent balance, with a nice malt start and acceptable hop bitterness in the finish. Not the best of the Vintages, but with some more time, it could be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 17, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 10/04: two years later and this bottle is a gem. Clear light ruby with a small-bubbled head. Rich dark complex sugars. Lightly, but expertly hopped. I'm guessing that this will be good for at least another 10 years. 11/02: Bottle # 52889: Pours clear dark orange with a big head. Sweet dark fruit aroma with a bit of plum. Starts sweet and ends dry. My favorite brew from England.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Bottle no. 38234. Beautiful sweet malt aroma. Huge, cream colored, dense head. Deep copper cast. Wonderfully complex, with spicy, biting, whiskeyish malt sweetness, peppery alcohol bite, and finish like that of brandy. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
This is a very good ale. Nice soft mouthfeel and very deserving of the high rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
No. 41723. Clear amber color. Head was pretty impressive even with a total "soft" pour. Nose is very yeasty and malty with a hint of whisky. Taste is sweet up front and ends with just a little bitter kick. This beer can be described as thick, kind of like a barleywine on the palate. Iím impressed with this ale overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Bottle No.47955.Looks, smells, and tastes like the 1999 I tried two days ago. Copper color with an off white head, wonderful maltiness and just a tad bit of alcohol in the flavor. Damn fine English ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Bottle 32033: Pour is cloudy and produces a gray head. Aroma is nutty. Initial flavor has a hint of plum and spices which transforms into sweet malty aftertaste. Not much different from the 1999 version although the former is a bit more flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Tastes like the 99 to me, so I gave it the same score. Again, I think it tastes like a barley wine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2002
A wonderfully balanced strong ale, starting to take on a nice brandy like aged character...superb malt backbone, all most lager-like in itís cleanliness, but with a definite ale fruitiness and complexity. Would love to do a vertical tasting someday with all the vintages...Hope it doesnít meet the same fate as Thomas Hardyís vintage ale.

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