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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001

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


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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3683) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled in 2006. Brown in color with nice off-white head. Caramel and grassy hops. Bready and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
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
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
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5476) - 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.

   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 (7468) - 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 (20895) - 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 (13232) - 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.

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