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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Sampled 2003: Hazy orange-amber; oxidized, sherry, earth and caramel. Chewy, minerally, malty. The youngest in the vertical was the most far gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12787) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12459) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2004
(Bottle No. 14482) Lightly hazed dark amber body topped by large beige head, leaves lovely ringed lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, port. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, port, light herbal and earthy, finishes with moderate alcohol. Creamy medium-full body. This has held up fairly well, but it may be past peak now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
(Bottle # 23472) Pours a lightly cloudy, amber body with a small, off-white head. Has a complex aroma of plum, port, toffee, butterscotch, brownsugar, and vanilla. Flavor of raisins, toffee, and sweet malt (cola-like).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11897) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
BeerOleís Birthday Bash. Part of a rather long and much appreciated vertical. Copper colour with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of raisin, and some vineous alcohol. Mildly oxidized, but has managed well, great complexity and a lovely beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11591) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks SÝren.
Had this after 1997, 1999 and 2000.
Pours hazy orange, practically no head. Aroma has light metallic oxidation, caramel, toffee, viniousness, light berries. High carbonation, nice dry mouthfeel. Flavour has caramel, dryness, fairly bitter, softly roasted malts, liqourice, some herbal notes and a bit of oxidation. Long, lingering light bitterness with a hint of milky chocolate. Fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11590) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
bottle. tasted 2012 clear brown, small head. arma is dusty, malty, well balanced, dusty barley wine. flavor is malty, bitter, nutty, very nice, this beer held very well indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (11418) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2003
No. 935. Red copper color, a bit hazy. Small sustained head. Hops and blackcurrant aroma. Full bodied. Sweet flavor, very fruity (pear, blackcurrant, mango, banana). Fruity, hopbitter finish with lots of oak. Very complex and delicious ale. Could gain extra complexity with some further cellaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 27, 2012
Botella, thanks a bunch Pinball for sharing this. Hazy like deep amber brown colour, more or less no head, bubbles only. Quite sweet well toasted caramel and dark fruity yeasty aroma with some soily moldiness bit. OPk mouthfeel, sticky like. Sweet flavour indeed, yeasty with well toasted caramel and dark fruits, vinious alco in the finish. Oxidization has occurred, yes, but still a fine well lagered brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10225) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2003 I was going to save this beer for another year, but then I started reading some of the reviews and decided... why wait? This beautiful deep copper, almost ruby colored beer is sparkling clear with a large, creamy white head. The head is mostly, but never entirely diminishing and leaves excellent, thick lacework. The aroma is of cinnamon and caramel. Butter and English toffee. Clover honey and warm alcohol. Dark and fuzzy fruits. The flavor is sublime. Malty and lightly sweet up front with tweaks and twinges of caramel, dark fruits and English toffee. Lots of pungent and lightly bitter hops to balance things out on the backside. Very well-balanced ale. NewCastle on steroids. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Long, astringent, lightly bitter, dry finish. Dried hay and lemon rind at the wee end. Very drinkable... scary! The high ABV is hidden throughout. Unless you have several bottles, go ahead and drink the stuff now. It's time. Besides, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow and never have the opportunity to enjoy yet another strong effort from Fullers.

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