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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2000

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle, 50 cl, no 01778. Clear orange amber with an ok off white head. Deep toffeeish nose, lots of caramel. Taste is just like honey, long and lingering, some spice. Burned malt. Full bodies, a winter warmer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (12870) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle at home (from the brewery shop July ’12) - 23/09/12. No. 54386. Slightly obscured reddish amber with a thin off-white head that thins to the edges, forms a pond, but then retains fairly well. Rich dark fruits dominate the nose, prunes, cherries, slightly earthy and musty and some nuttiness - but it’s a few years old so I can get this! Taste absolutely top notch. Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, prunes, dates, figs, dark sugars, a little biscuit and bread to balance. Perfect on the palate - smooth, minimal soft carbonation, spot on ! Another great vintage from Fullers, still highly drinkable, although the nose has started to wain. Big relief that this one was in fine fettle after a recent ’99 had ’gone’ although no signs of damp on the label as was the case with that one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 55cl. Bottle # 04479. It pours a clear, copper colored body under a half finger thick beige head leaving lacings. Caramel and some oxidation in the aroma, with hints of camphor. A pleasant dried fruit scent as well. There’s a pleasant bitterness to deal with the mostly malty flavor. Beef stock, caramel, some oxidation and dried fruits, and a little alcohol hint. Full-bodied, pleasantly carbonated and with a mostly bitter finish. Less complex than the 1999 bottle, but certainly nice anyway. 120106

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12622) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. aroma is alcohol, caramel, malt. Flavour is sugar, yeast, oxidation, caramel, hop, alcohol. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MalcolmTucker (851) - SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle at RK2. Dark brown with good head. Aroma of plums and raisins. Flavour is alcohol, toffee, dark fruits - complex. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle at RK2. Amber with white head. Tremendous malty sweet flavour. Almost no bitterness on the finish. Really well balanced. Me rikey.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3083) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2012
From bottle. Murky brown with off white head. Big boozy aroma, fruity plumb and cherry, caramel, toffee. Similar tastes, some definite oxidation, still nice dark fruit flavors, caramel and toffee. Impressive, even at this age.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012

Bottle 1pt.2.6fl.oz.

[ Bottle #51660 ]. [ Courtesy of Nightfall ]. Clear medium amber colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, oxidide, caramel, damp stain - fusty, light raisin - plum, light cardboard. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, raisin - plum, light oxidide. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20120211]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (9382) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear deep amber, with a thick beige head. The nose is initially of sweet caramel, toffee, spice, pepper and gingerbread, but the longer I smell the more mould and damp old wood there is. The taste is sweet caramel, golden-syrup, wood, leather, melon, pear, cardboard and mouldy mustiness, with a dry, alcoholic finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. I think everyone was in agreement at the tasting - this is way past its prime.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdKing (2173) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown. Smell is strong alcoholic, marmalade, but with a bit of damp mustiness. Like damp smelly clothes, and there’s something minerally too. Taste is marmalade, treacle, and a bit of mustiness. It’s very sweet and a bit cloying and with the ageing there’s no trace of hops or bitterness. For me this is not really ageing that well. It’s past it’s best.


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