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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001

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

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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
Only 30,000 bottles were produced. Maris Otter malt and Goldings hops. The first year that all the ingredients were standard rather than champion.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits (plum, raisin), caramel, and some earthiness. Flavor is earthy with heavy vinous flavors. There is a little bite in the finish. Seems to have aged pretty well, but not as tasty as the í99.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #18801
Pale hazy nut brown, very small beige head. Earthy, cellary, mould aroma. This one has not aged so well, lots of cellary flavors. Behind that wood and nutty - typical Fullers flavors. Warming alcohol in the finish. Maybe leaked bottle or just one of the vintages which has past its prime.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is earthy cellar, raisins, fruits and some alcohol. Flavour is very much the same, long earthyness, fruits and alcohol. Also some raisins in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
18.6 oz bottle, #23152. Clear rosy brown with light tan froth. Smoky caramel and apple butter. Taste is more muted than expected. Apple, golden raisin, plum and toffee with a grassy, bitter finish. Easy to drink but packs a kick. Maybe past its prime.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Hazy red brown with a warm offwhite head, thinning quickly. Big sweet vinous malt. As sweet, if not sweeter, than JW Leeís with the obvious addition of grapiness. Leather, woody, and a bit dusty perhaps. Thick, but not quite syrupy. Relatively average carbonation level. Big sweet and slightly leathery. Vinous. Wood. A bit of subdued alcohol. Very very dry tannic finish. Actually leaves my tongue feeling a bit abraded. Not a bad beer, I think this could have sat for longer to be honest.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled in 2006. Brown in color with nice off-white head. Caramel and grassy hops. Bready and sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 3     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2
Aroma:
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 3   Bread : 4   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Hay : XX   Toasty : 3   Caramel : 3   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) :   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 1   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : 2   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : 1   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: A more obviously aged example with little hop character left, but a vinous, bready galore.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4688) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga(drank in 2007): Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with dry fig and plums qualities. Taste is sweet with again the dry figs and plums qualities really coming out. No hops were discernable which is probably right due to the age on this bottle. Body was quite full with some lively carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Another great vintage ale that aged very gracefully.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle 14487 via trade with Walt - Pours dark amber with a nice creamy tan head that stays well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of caramel, plum, raisin, some woody notes, and a little tobacco. Flavor is all of that plus a lot of vinous notes as well. I really donít pick up that much oxidation in this. Seems to have aged pretty well to me.. Quite flavorful and complex. Palate is very smooth and creamy with just a touch of bitterness at the finish. I liked this one pretty well..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle #8826. Poured a slightly hazy peach with not much more than a swirl and a looser ring of caramel headage. The nose found a solid dose of vinous and plum notes on a caramel foundation with herbal and medicinal notes... some apparent (and expected) oxidation too.

The flavor had plums, aged vinous qualities, and drawn, smoky caramel at its core.. building floral bitterness as it reached the edges of the mouth.. and rum-laden caramel + dark fruit on the long, warm finish. Syrupy on the palate with low carbonation, moderate, well-placed bitterness, and prickly alcohol near the throat. Tasty brew that is likely past its prime, but still holding up quite well.


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