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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2000

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 11, 2002
Well, I finally tried this and I really canít believe that the í99 is that superior to this. Maybe Iím just not sophisticated enough to believe that something, that much better than this beer, could exist. Tastes like liquid sponge cake lofting in a soup of cane sugar. Incredibly meaty with a nice hop finish and a very balanced flavor. I can only hope that I can someday find the í99 and judge for myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2002
Spicy toffee/cinnamon malt flavor that is a bit overwhelming. Perfect balance though, with a blast of hops in the finish. I havenít tried the 1999 and this was good, but not worth the purchase in my opinion (except of course to add another beer to the old resume...) The 1845 is a better strong ale in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2002
great full body aroma, red/coper color. the taste seems dry and fruity, and the finish is with a strong hoppy contrast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2002
Clear amber with a swirling yeast cloud. Creamy and full off white head, diminishes slowly. Steady single lined carbonation. Aroma of watermelon?, toffee, dextrin, soapy notes and floral hops. Fluffy body, soapy taste atop the maltiness which is less expressive than previous years. Spicy hit of alcohol with fruity esters and a large dose of floral Goldings bitterness. Thereís also a fuzziness that is sidetracking. Itís also drier and bitterly fruity with sharp yeast hints. Finishes fuzzy, slightly fizzy and noticeably more hoppy and bitter. This is nowhere near the same as the 1999 version. Extremely disappointing, although still a very nice Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Appealing fruity malt aroma. Incredible head (especially for this style) that just wonít quit. This is the same color as the í99, a medium amber color. It may be bottle conditioned, but itís pretty clear. I know everyone else said this is more sweet and less vinous than í99, but itís true, so Iíll say it, too. Very complex but also light fruity malt flavors, a bit of vanilla, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. The long finish also has some hop spiciness and bitterness. Palate is quite smooth. Great creamy mouthfeel. Warming. Complex brew. This would be great to cellar, if only I had a cellar... Tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19659) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2002
Red-brown. Very malty, full bodied, bitter and complex. When tasted side by side with the 1999 vintage this is less vinuous, and still tasted a tad sugary. Neverthe less a great strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2002
I think this beer could have used a little more aging also. Malty nose. Sweet maltly start. Medium to full middle with strong carbonation. Strong bitter warm finish. Not as smooth and mellow as the 1999, but I think I will try this again later and re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2002
I probably took the first few sips when the beer was bit too cold. Highly carbonated and acidic. Pretty harsh until...it warmed up a little. Although not as good as the 1999, the 2000 has a strong hop bitterness finish. Maybe this should have been aged a little bit longer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (citrus - grapefruit, pine), moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of peach, honey, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Itís much more citric and acidic than the í99 or í01, definitely more yeasty, and just in general not as refined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2002
Dark amber in color, clear and a íHumongusí beige head, that last quite long, sheets of lace coat the glass. Large malt nose, slightly floral, caramel. Very sweet at the front, the top is medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, the 8.5% abv certainly will warm íYore Inardsí. Personally I appreciate the large hop bite, the alcohol warming, in a íVintage Aleí, it is to be expected.

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