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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: 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Improper glassware, I'm so soory, but we were simply victims of circumstance, I was at the mercy of Wisconsinites (thanks John). A hazy orange/amber body, a rich and thick tan head, very dense. Ripe fruits, rich & full, berries and subdued alcohol with some spices as well. Tastes of woody hints among a BIG lightly roasted barley flavor. Full mouthfeel, creamy and smooth all the way through, carbonation is perfect. So complex, a dry finish, well drawn out and very deep. Yeast, hops and alcohol are in perfect synchrony, a bit more malt character and whammo! I'd be knocked on my ass, GREAT BEER!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hansen (6873) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2004
I think 2000 is better than 1999. 2000 has more citrus and less flavor like bisquit.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle (500ml #60963). Shared with blankboy and Dave B - courtesy of Dave B. Poured cloudy deep mahogany with a large off-white creamy-foamy. Aroma very resiny and musty roast malt, tons of yeast, some hop bitterness, almost a hint of children’s glue but in a good way. Taste - also awesome - nice blend of roast malt, woody. Mouthfeel creamy, mossy, not quite lively but not flat. Terrific - top 50 for sure. Thanks for this one, Dave!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (541) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2008
This is embarrassing...having shelved this for a special occassion, I missed opening this for my wedding, grad school graduation, my novel’s completion and the birth of my first son... and now it’s five years past its prime! Oh well, here goes... extreme fruitiness, almost lambic in approach--fear of vinegration after seven years? light brown body with a rich, creamy head that holds strong... lacing is like cirrus clouds...creamy and slightly effervescent palate--a bit smooth; plays softly on the back of the tongue...grapes and citrus sweets...balanced...a bit warm at the finish, but not at all harsh...a bit sour in patches too...8.5 per cent alcohol! attacks late, but evens out... this aged beyond the expectations of what should have been...worth the wait, even if only for a casual evening at home celebrating only the end of a week’s work!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
Bedankt Belgbeergeek. 50 cl. fles gedeeld met Belgbeergeek & Sebletitje @ Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Fles nr. #70745 van 8500 flessen. 12 jaar oud, ik ben benieuwd, is het nog altijd goed zoals een bier zoals dit eigenlijk echt wel zou moeten zijn of is het echt al compleet uit elkaar gevallen. De leeftijd is zichtbaar wat het uiterlijk betreft, donker, redelijk hard wazig vos rood, amber, kraag is vooral wat verspreide, bubbels. Geur verraad ook onmiddellijk de leeftijd, beetje waterig, muffig, geoxideerd, stoffig, vintage,… maar geur en uiterlijk zijn uiteindelijk nooit echt van belang bij vintage bieren. Wat wel telt is de smaak en die is zowel duidelijk vintage als uitstekend, rozijnen, toffee, karamel, zoete vintage, toffee noten, bruine suiker, karamel mout, bio kruiden, honing, beschuit, cake toetsen, wat fruit en oxidatie. Uiteraard, wat platter, lichtjes uitgedund maar echt niet veel … uitstekend.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2014
This was an unbelievable treat courtesy of Geoff Griggs, whom I owe a debt of thanks. Tasted at 14 years old and this beer has kept incredibly well in that time. It had perfect clarity and colour, a beautiful light mahogany with essentially nil head. The initial impression of the aroma was a slightly fungal one, maybe botrytis without being the least off-putting. There was muscatele grapes, some walnut woodiness, marzipan, mildew and Amontillado sherry. A fortified wine like flavour that encompassed all the aromas and a wet grain characteristic. Utterly remarkable as much for the remarkable company as a beer I shall always remember.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2006
Botte at Kookfest 06. My favourite of the series. Hazy deep chestnut, lasting beige head. Hoppy but not as much as the 2001. Lovely creamy texture, quite harsh on end. Still intense and almost overpowering. Honeyish, bit of whisky. Great hop.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle # 48612. Pours an enchanting and wamr orange-copper color. Moderate head, that subsides into a light cover. Aroma is, as Jayg says, a melange of sweet and spice. I get hints licorice, caramel, star anise, some mint (redolent of rye), perhaps a hint of carraway. Awesome for a beer brewed 7 years ago. Flavor is not what I expected. The malt is balanced with only the faintest hint of of alcohol, an almost wood like quality. Absolutely stunning.


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