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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001

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


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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - 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..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7364) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19376) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. # 00111. Pours a clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Malty vinous aroma with hints of dark fruit and caramel. Sweet malty dark fruit flavor with some caramel hints. Has a warming malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle No: 24620 Aroma of dark fruit which tops malt. Deep translucent apricot color, with virtually no head. Starts extremely smooth with dark fruit (but not really plummy), followed by malt, noticeable alcohol and a light hop finish. As it goes on, the alcohol becomes a bit more assertive, and accents the hops. I understand the reference to fruitcake. Wish I had 29,999 more (Iíd share).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, biegaman & blankboy -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #08837. Wow, thanks Harry for sharing this rare treat! Iíve been after the older Vintage Fullers for some time. Dark golden brown, small bubbly head. Such a strong aroma for a 5 year old English Strong - rich dark fruity malts, slight hint of whisky - very nice. Nice taste. Surprisingly hoppy up front, lots of fruitcake notes in the middle, bread, rich malt, alcohol, and hops at the end. Wow, so good. Complex. Best Fullers Vintage I have had yet and in remarkable shape for 5 years old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, biegaman & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #08837. Pours a murky amber-orange with a small lasting white head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, hops, dark fruit, some yeast and alcohol -- itís held up quite well. Flavour of sweet malt, wood, hops, dark fruit and alcohol -- my fellow raters thought it diminished somewhat but I found it really flavourful, especially for a 5 year-old beer. Medium bodied. Still an excellent Ale, well done Fullers -- and thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle shared with biegaman, blankboy, tupalev & HogTownHarry - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #08837. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a small beige head. Aroma is great - brown sugar, dark fruit, tobacco leaf, slightly earthy - a little stale, perhaps, but nice. Flavour seems to have suffered a bit more from age - thereís dark caramel, some whiskey and raisin notes, some hops poking through in the finish, but it seems lighter and less assertive than it should be. Still, for a 5 year old beer, itís more than respectable - thanks to Harry for sharing this rare treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Shared with biegaman, blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle via trade with TPaliga. Murky deep copper, average creamy off-white head. Incredible aroma - woody, thick sweet roast roast malt, yeast, raisins, tamed hops - jesus thatís nice. Taste has dimished somewhat with age - woody, astringent orange juice malt, quite boozy, hops are still kicking around. Body is a bit watery now, astringent and alcoholic mouthfeel, the alcohol and sweet fruit carry through the finish. Excellent senior citizen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle #08965. Aroma is sweet and fruity like a barleywine. Flavor is yeasty and sweet with hints of earth, some grape, and honey. Nice flavor. A bit thinner than I expected. Very lively. Slightly bitter finish. Great drinkable beer. Finish is slightly warm, but not over the top. Very Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle @ Kookfest. Slight acetic flavours and mild honeyish malt. Perhaps the strongest alcohol feel of the lot. It did have a smooth nicely balanced honeyish sweetness. Slighlty prickly mouthfeel. More approachable than most of them but the alcohol and acetic flavour combine with the carbonation to give a poor finish.

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