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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: 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10243) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled, 500ml, no. 28,655 from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Reddish copper with white head. Full, fruity beer, there is a sweetish toffee background then a mixture of dried fruity notes to the fore, prunes, sultana’s in addition a hazelnut note lingers on the palate. Late bitterness with roasty malts showing through. Luscious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Has an orange glow. Portlike and fruity aroma. Very smooth, elegant and balanced flavour. Complex. Very balanced alcahol dominated aftertaste. Very nice beer, but IMO not as good as 1999.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9697) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Bottle provided via trade with beastiefan2k. Pours sparkling and lightly cloudy tawny with a small fizzy off-white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, toffee), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (dough) with notes of heavy alcohol, port and brown sugar. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness. This one held up very well over the years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2003
This beer rocks! What a brew! I was going to wait until later this year to open this beauty, but fuck it! The aroma is malty, yeasty and fruity. with notes of apple, apricot, caramel, English toffee and dark bread dough. For me, the hops are lost in the aroma. The alcohol is well-hidden also. This sparkling clear, light copper beer, has a large, fizzy, off-white head. Partially lasting with decent lacework. The flavor is of caramel, dark fruits, peaches and warm alcohol. Well-balanced with a bitter hop addition. The high ABV really rears it's head here. This is not a complaint as it is very cold outside right now and the alcohol is very warming and comforting. Full-bodied with a full, silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Long, alcoholic, bitter, lightly pungent finish. Damp fescue at the wee end. Excellent brew. Glad I popped it open a bit early. More great stuff from Fullers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 48698. Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a small tan head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums (similar in strength to the ’99 but a tad more pronounced). Spicy tastes also made a stronger showing. Musty aroma that I detected in the ’98 & ’99 not present in this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle no 04732. A reddish brown coloured beer with a short-lived head. The aroma is alcohol, toffee, raisins and plums. No aged character at all to the smell even after 5 years plus. The taste is as smooth as it gets. Lovely malts, butterscotch - but not in a bad diacetyl way - moussey fruits, and light hops. Again no indication of the age, just beautifully preserved and very, very tasty and moreish. As much as I love sharing, I was very happy to drink this all to myself.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (8695) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Bottle #38294. Thanks to Indra for the trade. I liked this a little less than the '99, if only because it seemed a little less subdued. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick sand-colored head. Mild lacing. Strong aroma of malt and alcohol. Robust body with flavors of malt, caramel, vanilla and plum. Finish is syrupy-sweet and lasting. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8049) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2013
500ml still bottle conditioned despite best before end of 2003. Bottle no. 54347 bought at Fullers Brewery Shop and shared with Finn back home. Decent off-white head covering a cloudy, dark apricot coloured body. Aroma of dried fruits and caramel added by a cellar-like vintage touch. Rather comprehensive taste of raisin, figs and herbal hops joined by leather and biscuits. Dry, very dry, bittersweet ending. Well bodied. A truly grown-up brew. Tasty (Tromsø, 13.03.2013).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Bottle 33353: Murky light brown color with a dark tan head. Flavors of harsh caramel, some apples and peaches, with a strong alcohol flavor as well, quite harsh for an ahed strong ale. Mid drink has some nuts and some grains, while the finish is a bit gritty and sugary with a semi-sweet dark fruit and caramel flavor. Aroma is similar to the flavor, though a bit "old" and musty and quite heavy on the old (rotting) apple.


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