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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2000

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


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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Color is a bright ruby red, head is an actively bubbly, lacey off-white, and swiftly dissipating. Aroma: huge with fruit! Bam! Boom! Strawberry Jam + booze all up in your nose, brother! Actually, more along the way of cherries and grapes, but very ripe, strong and powerful! Definitely the nose of a barleywine, and already Iím thoroughly impressed! (This ale hasnít exactly been cellared, merely waiting in a storeís cooler all the while, for me to rescue it! ) Whoosh! Hoo, daddy! A large charge on the palate, a big deposit of hops and flavor and alcohol! Yessir, sheís my baby, nossir, donít mean maybe! Nice balance, malt sticks up for itself quite nicely, and provides sufficient backdrop for all this hoppy flavor and booze. Fruity flavor continues, as does our friend Mr. Liquor, and my head is swimminí already, and all it knows how to do is doggy paddle, but that does the trick. Itís "only" 8.5% and I feel blasted at all sides. This is rich, delightful, delicious stuff! Bottle #53,187 out of 85,000. Bright, and deep, and plummy, but cherry, sweet and dark, what a nice ale. Mmmmm...Iíll say it again,...Mmmmm!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
Dark amber color and a thick, creamy head. Incredible rich flavor. Lots of dried fruits. If I could only drink one beer I might stick to this. Thanks Jens.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2007
This still has some carbonation and head. A more woody aroma than the 99, almost like 98. A pretty stringent bite, but certainly a wonderful beer. Second favorite after the 98.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Beer Rating #1000 (when you subtract all the sakes, ciders, meads, etc.) First off, I want to sincerely thank Robert, the man behind the ďrare wine roomĒ at Mr. Gís in Plano, Texas, for not only allowing me to try this rare beer, but also for providing it to me at no charge. What a gentleman. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try something that is both scarce and delicious for the important milestone that is my 1000th review. My bottle pops with plenty of carbonation after 9 long years of slumber. The smallest amount of light escapes from a deep garnet colored body that glistens when the light hits it in a fashion similar to said gemstone. A large off-white head rapidly blossoms in the glass to revel a sizeable fluffy mass containing an abundance of yeasty bubble pockets. The lacing is incredibly beautiful; it could easily be mistaken for silky English lace. This crŤme colored blanket of a head coats the walls of the glass and gives no indication that it plans to depart any time soon. A gentle swirl rouses the slowly shirking, but never vanishing head back to its full height. This is particularly impressive for a beer so advanced in years. One could easily mistake it for a freshly beaten egg-based dessert. The nose of this fine ale has many complex layers. Fresh blackberries and blackberry jam dominate the first sniff followed by blackcurrants, frozen blueberries, rum cake, pralines, toffee, jelly based chocolate candies, gumdrops, vanilla yogurt, must, fleeting citrus hops, lactose, and a hint of nutty and papery oxidation. Cleary this ale has been properly taken care of over the years. The taste is equally impressive. Warm runny caramel appears in the forefront followed by brown sugar, brandy soaked bread pudding, freshly baked Turkish sweet breads, attic dust, Spanish cedar, faint tobacco leaves, river rocks, and some earthy humus. Although the mouthfeel is moderate, it is one that is incredibly smooth and shockingly quaffable at 8.5% alcohol by v

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Fullers vintage is always a treat. Something I will always pick up if I see it The Derricks ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fullers99 (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2001 does not count
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. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2002
boxed beer, donít be fooled, far better then Franzia. Hoppy aroma with sweet notes here and there. Red, radiant amber color with a frothy head. Utterly Mind Blowing. Perfection as far as balance is concerned. Intense hop bite from time to time, damn this is good. This is a beer I could sit back and enjoy again and again. Alc packs a punch. This beer is blending so well with the 9-29-00 Vegas Phish show were lissening too I want to cry. Or maybe its because I just finished it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Bottle #56537 Soft white head which leaves moderate lacing and sits on a ruby red full bodied beer. Smell is of the classic fullers yeast with lots of malt hints of hops and slight alcohol. Very smooth despite the 8.5% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2004
I think 2000 is better than 1999. 2000 has more citrus and less flavor like bisquit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Pours slightly cloudy copper with minimal head. Aroma is strong of fruit and caramel. Soft carbonation with a sryupy mouthfeel, i like it. I like it alot. Kinda barleywineish.

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