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!
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep amber, dark in spots. Smells of spice, malts and bits of fruits and nut. Taste is well, very complex. To this reviewer a tinge over my head. Taste is of strong malt and spice with bits of date and almond. Alchohol singes the palate a bit, but a warming welcome for the overall experience. Mouthfeel is light, a bit airy, with little demons of flavors that bounce around the palate like a ballet on adrenaline. Something I would visit more in the colder months. As I said, a bit complex, much like trying to digest Kirkegard at the tender age of 12.
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2000 vintage: Huge, beautiful aroma, poached/stewed fruit, caramel, raisins, toffee. Fantastic golden amber color with a beautiful head. Still very carbonated after 10 years! Taste is incredible. Very mellow and sweet. Lovely malty, caramel flavor and very reminiscent of poached fruit. This has to be the perfect desert beer. Alcohol is undetectable. Amazingly rich and creamy. Only fault I could give is that it is a bit too mellow and sweet but this makes it all the more perfect for desert. Beautiful mellow complexity which really leaves an impression. Very drinkable. This would be sublime with poached peaches! After 10 years in the bottle this is fantastic. I bought this one already aged and obviously it was well-cellered.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber brown color with a small off shite head. Aroma of spices and caramel malt. Taste includes hints of spices, malt, candy sugar, and some alcohol.
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!!!
nlderricks (15) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fullers vintage is always a treat. Something I will always pick up if I see it
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scottk (8) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great english ale period. beautiful copper color and hoppy aroma. Full bodied with more complexity than normally seen from a standard english ale. Nice hoppy start with a dark fruit finsh. Slight hint of alcohol.
fullers99 (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2001 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím drinking the 2000 version, and the comments from the reviewer above is spot on: Pours with light carbonation(didnít get much of a head)starts out with a metallic aroma that dissapates with time, with great Goldings/Maris Otter nose(sorta toffee-ish in nature), taste is smooth and malty, finish is silky smooth, not agressively warming and significant lingering of hops evident.Pity they only made 30K for 2001. I suggest ageing for no less than a yr. to get the best outta this brew.