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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2001

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 190   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5486) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle. Number 03351 (same as the picture as I took the picture). Muddied copper body with only a ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass. Aroma elicits alot of alcohol. Toffee, light woodiness, and hints of custard. Very nice aroma! Taste is apples, raisins, caramel, light alcohol, figs, and a bit of woodiness. The hop profile has pretty much dimished on this one and the sherry-ish flavors are coming out in full effect. Body is dry, light and has minimal bubbles. Finishes with more caramel, raisins, apples and cinnamon, figs, light wet wood, some cardboard, and some sherry flavors. Not too bad!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle # 14687 from the evr gracious Walt. Looks like all the other Fullers vintages I have enjoyed, but with less head. Nose-brandy, industrial cleaner, rubbery. Taste-grape, light caramel, sharp bite from what feels like alcohol, biut lacking in any alcohol flavors, apple, mellow stale hops. I’m thinking "apple flavored hops" for some reason. I know. Maybe some hay and honey in the finish. Tastes like a mead and a New England cider mixed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle, consumed 1/3/06. Deep golden, minimal beige head. Very thick mouthfeel and little carbonation. Prune, grape, apple, brandy in the aroma which grows as it warms. Very malt-forward. Prominent apple cider, maple/honey in the flavor. In some ways this is downright meadlike. Not bad at all.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Strong aroma of plums and alcohol, reminiscent of a sweet aperitif. Malt flavor of caramel, dried fruits. Medium to full body feels syrupy on the palate. Light carbonation. The warming alcohol shows up in the finish. A tasty sipping ale which you’d expect from this style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
This beer slightly produces an aroma of dates. The glass fills with a cloudy warm brown color resembling moist dying peat moss. The head consists of archipelagos of foam. The mildly hoppy taste of this beer lingers well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Deep aroma of plum, fig, wood and cherry. Some smokiness in the background as well. Barleywine-esque body that is spicy and fruity. More earthy and woody notes. Smooth fruity finish with no hint of alcohol. Good - but would be interested to see what another year in the cellar would do to it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2005
A slightly cloudy, lighter copper with brown and orange tones. Very little head. Aroma has round and smooth malt scents. Quite sweet with a bit of alcohol poking out under the malts. Flavor is quite nice. Round malts are great. Carmel malts appear to produce the nice sweetness and at times they are closely followed by a tangy alcohol and sometimes a nice hop bite. Malts come back fuller with each new sip as it warms. Barleywine aromas emerge. Lightly toasted malts provide great fullness and finish that is lending to a very nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20658) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2005
Bottled. Clear ruby. Resiny, perfumy nose. Medium sweet with full body. Densely malty. Salty finish. The malt flavours dominate. I miss some complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Bottle 19162 purchased in Newton, MA. Best before end of 2004. Poured cloudy dark amber with a small tan head. Moderately malty with caramel notes. Initial flavor was all whiskey. Strong alcohol, much more so than the 1999 or 2000. It mellowed as I drank it. Tobacco notes with a bit of fruit. Good but probably my lowest rated Fullers Vintage Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2862) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle, #09011, from Julio’s. Good nose, Malty. Whisky, Oak, Prune, Caramel/butterscotch, Tobacco. Tad hazy brownish orange color, Small to no head. Bitter flavors, alot like aromas with the oak & whisky kind of taking the forefront. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, dry bittersweet finish. Nice brew, could of aged a bit longer, a little to oaky for me.


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