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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2004
(Bottle, No. 37701) Pours a hazy copper color with a creamy off-white head. The Fullers Vintage ales are some of my favorites. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and fruit. Flavors caramel, plums, and alcohol. Quite the delight!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11985) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks Søren.
Had this after trying the 1997 and 1999. First one still good, but going downhill, second still wonderful.
Pours hazy orange with a nice, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is light flowery, some honey notes, caramel, softly vinious and even a hint of hops. Highish carbonation, small bubbles so nothing spritzy. Lovely velvety feel with some dryness. Flavour is sweet, malty, liqourice and quite dry and hoppy. Caramel, toffee and lightly warming in my cheeks. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11965) - Escondido, California, 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (11952) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11896) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
#0117 sampled 2012-11-13 clear brown, small white head. slightly dusty aroma, like oxidized hops.flavor is roasted stiuff, dried fruits, faint hoppy notes. very very nice flavor for the age.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11283) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11168) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11164) - 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 (10919) - 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).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (10864) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #04479 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy deep amber/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft..


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