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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2000

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

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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
Bottle No. 04843
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Beautiful malt aroma, fruity; Porto wine; sweet, fresh wood. I may feel more if all those bastards around me would stop smoking!
Powerful mouthfeel, malty, liquorice, caramel, light wallnuts.
Long finish, bearing both hop bitterness and bitter maltiness (and liquorice, and light litchie fruitness).
Wonderful. Would like to taste it in another couple of years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours rich auburn with a foamy, off-white head. Strong leather nose, some dark fruit, slight tang. Quite a sweet flavor with palpable oxidation, robust leather, slight must, candied fruits, and toasted sugar. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with a bit more sting than even younger vintages, lingering leather, some tangy fruits, a slight ’staleness’ that isn’t altogether a bad thing. Has surprising kick given the age. Nowhere nearly as mellow as 2002-2006. Quite a departure from the other years.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18115) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Copper/amber color, offwhite head. Earthy aroma, malty, some toffee notes. Malty nutty flavor, some alcohol, some dust. Woody and with a rather malty profile.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (17433) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, honey, toffee and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Way past it’s prime. 130416

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17166) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2006
Botte at Kookfest 06. My favourite of the series. Hazy deep chestnut, lasting beige head. Hoppy but not as much as the 2001. Lovely creamy texture, quite harsh on end. Still intense and almost overpowering. Honeyish, bit of whisky. Great hop.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (16811) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
Etwas oxidierter Antrunk, wenig herb, breite Malzigkeit. Geringe passende Süße, hellmalzig würzig, süffig. 10/11/12/12/12/12

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16731) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle #04486. Nice head with ok duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sugar, malt and alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (16671) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns., Buckinghamshire, 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 (16483) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16116) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #62620
Ruby red brown color, small beige head. Clearly "vintage aroma" - dry woody and oaky nose. This is quite Fullers ESB -like, oaky with hops and malts and some licorice. Palate is a bit liquerish in the finish. Hoppy and slightly alcoholic aftertaste. I am not sure if this has changed a lot in the ageing, it feels more like a beer, which stays good. Age is mostly evident in the aroma. Good beer.


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