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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: 3.75/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8801) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8798) - 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
MartinT (8736) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7912) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7875) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7587) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle #18687, shared with Joeh and DenverLogan, June 2006. Bought from the Fullers shop. This felt rather lighter and less complex on the palate than the 1997 sampled at the same time. The malt wasnít as rich, but the fruit tasted fresher with more currants to go with the raisins and prunes. More hops had survived, not surprisingly, to provide better balance and, although there were touches of oxidation this was less pronounced (also not surprising). At this stage in their development , the 2001 wins, but I suspect it would last another 4 years less well than the 1997.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7428) - 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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Bottle 07572: Clear copper ruby color with a tan lacy head. Thick caramel and lightly spiced aromas abound. Very smooth and crisp with good balance. Thick syrupy sweet body with notes of oak. Hides its alcohol pretty well but still has a warming effect. A very good strong ale and almost in the same boat as the vintage '99 I had two months ago.

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