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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001

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


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RATINGS: 197   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11356) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle at Kennyís 20k. Huge thanks to the Ken for the missing link in my Fullerís vintage ratings! It pours hazy mahogany brown with a small white head. The nose is woody, fruit cake, slightly oxidised malts, raisin, glacť cherry. nougat, marzipan and brown bread. The taste is rich, woody, chewy malt, raisin, sultana, warming alcohol, vanish, fruit loaf, earth and a touch of oxidisation. Medium body and fine carbonation. Has held up rather well. Good depth, yet rather mellow and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the í98, í99, í00, í01 and í03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 02768. Poured a darker amber color with a small tan head. Cloudiness that was present in the í98, í99 & í00 is gone from this year (as well as the mustiness). Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10522) - 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9242) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Cellared bottle just had with the 2000. Turbid dark rusty pour with nose of caramel malt, big hops. Tastes caramel malty, fruity, with solid hops and a crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8991) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"yummy is the first word that comes to mind. this is a nice, rich, robust, hearty brew...highly drinkable, especially for 8.5%. nice use of malts here. for the style, one of the best."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 14669 Smells of candy coasted apples, though slightly harsh. Tastes are hoppy, with strong alcohol, but has some nice soothing hints of plum. Interesting dry, sweet finish, tingling the back of the tongue. About 10 minutes after drinking I still have an extremely sweet sticky feeling in my mouth. This stuff stays with you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2003
Grapefruit rinds sitting in a sticky honeycomb...Still silky smooth but more prominent alcohol than earlier versions...If they go on like this, I think the 2008 version will be a very nice, hoppy scottish ale...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7956) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2011
500 ml bottle thanks to Eric bottle number 11002. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is some oxidation, dusty dry caramel and a light English hop. The flavor is very mellow, bready, caramel and sweet port like notes, grassy almost. Hasnít held up perfectly like the 1999 did, but still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle thanks to Walt! Pours with a clear bronze hued body with tan foam. Aromas are of plums, brandy, fruity, low oxidation, port, bready with rich marmalade. Flavors are of raisins, brandy, fig, bready, icing, estery, berries, elegant, rich port wine. Low carbonation, thick body. Still in very good nic.

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