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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2000

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


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RATINGS: 298   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle @ Kookfest. My clear favourite of the Fullers Vintages. Mellow creamy malts with the touches of honey found in some of the others. Hops come through more to balance the sweet honeyed finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8928) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PriorL (2460) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2014
Vertical in 2014 with 2013, 2009, 2005 and 2000 Vintage compared. APPEARANCE: large stable off white head. clear darker blond beer. NOSE: somewhat oxidated, sweet. TASTE: sweet, oxidated, alcohol.

   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 sippin’ brew, but the price is a bit steep.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4726) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle, 2010-06-05, Göteborg, 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle at BCTC Saturday night over at Chris’s amazing truck. Pours a lightly hazed golden orange with a thin white head. Oxidized plum, malt and pine. Sweet caramel and big oxidization. Very sweet, plum and prune. Toffee, malt and toast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4642) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Flaske nr. 54347. Spandert av og delt med Rune etter arbeidsøkt i WCveien 13 Mar 13. BBdato 2004 - men bar ikke preg av forfall. Snarere tvert imot. Rødbrun. Litt uklar. Høyt luftig skum. Markert aroma av tre & sevje. Smaken det samme med innslag av mandler. Svakt søtlig fruktig ettersmak. Lett-drikkelig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3188) - 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!

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