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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2000

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 293   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Poured a bit thin and wine-like. The alcohol seems stronger than the 8.5% listed, but no matter. A nice sippiní brew, but the price is a bit steep.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4139) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle, 2010-06-05, GŲteborg, thx to Jonte (bought at brewery!) No 56601 AR: hobbits nest (dug-out), AP: amber clody F: vinous, sweetness, oak barrell, medium low bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2003
(Bottle # 40697) I had high hopes for my first Fullers Vintage Ale, but was profoundly disappointed. Everything started nicely; the beer poured a rich amber color with a creamy tan head, and the aroma was of bready malts, caramel, and a hint of cider. Flavor was initially light candied fruit, caramel, and light alcohol notes. Over time, the alcohol became very strong, to the point that this beer would have been better served in a shotglass. A very bitter, astringent, throat-burning alcohol aftertaste dominated the palate after a few ounces. I am surprised to see this is only 8.5% ABV, as Vintage 2000 became very difficult to drink. By far the most poorly masked alcohol in a beer I've ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
My first experience with an english strong ale, so maybe I don't know the style well enough to be overly critical, but this baby is hard to drink. Why you ask, the alcohol is just too overbearing. The aroma is malty caramel and mellow hops with a hint of acrid bitter tones. The flavor starts smooth and sweet but leaves the mouth rather dry and somewhat violated. Appearance is burgandy with chestnut highlights. The flavor is very whisky-like as is the bottle and the box it comes in. Overall, too strong. It challenge the claim of 8.5% alcohol. This beer needs a "proof" listing on the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2010
1pt, 2.6 fl. oz. bottle, #39171, with thanks to Beastiefan2k. Pours a clear amber color with a minimal off-white head, no lacing. Aroma is port/brandy like, with some alcohol, definite notes of oxidation, overripe, if not alcohol soaked dark fruits, some caramel and some dustiness also from the age. Flavor is also oxidized, with some light cardboard, alcohol soaked dark fruits, caramel and more cobweb notes. Interesting, but unfortunately a bit over the hill at this point. Thanks for sharing Eugene!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle at PapsÝís - Thanks. Clear amber/reddish/brown - white head. Sweetness, nutty, berries, light oxidation, herbal, raisins, light burned and roasted malts, walnuts, caramel, oakey.... Tjaaa.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5187) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Sept, 2006 KookFest 2006. Like the 1999 this Fullers V used Optic Malt. The hops, though, were Target rather than Fuggles. The difference? Hmmm. This seemed to be the creamiest of the Vs. The hops were strong and somehow burnt in nature. There was a touch of malt vinegar which gave this one a touch more character that I enjoyed. The hops had some sting in the finish, but this was perhaps the least hoppy - or at least the least bitter tasting of the bunch. [3.0]
Feb, 2012 Chris Oís Fullers/Gales Tasting. Soft toffee. Aged character. More interesting than Special Brew, but slightly less drinkable. Some hop balance. Some tobacco. [3.2]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdKing (1831) - 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 thereís something minerally too. Taste is marmalade, treacle, and a bit of mustiness. Itís very sweet and a bit cloying and with the ageing thereís no trace of hops or bitterness. For me this is not really ageing that well. Itís past itís best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6181) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (citrus - grapefruit, pine), moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of peach, honey, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Itís much more citric and acidic than the í99 or í01, definitely more yeasty, and just in general not as refined.

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