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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001

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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%
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6966) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2010
post GABF tasting with Walt, Dickinsonbeer & Rudolf. Mahoghany pour, little head, whiskey/bourbon, oak & vanilla fill both aroma & flavor. Very nice rich malt presence. very good beer that has kept for quite awhile. tasted a tad old but still wonderful. Thanks Walt

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, cookie, caramel, cereal, grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, citrus - orange), with notes of peach, toffee, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. This year proves that my beef with the 2000 was hops and yeast related, not age. Not as full-bodied as the í99, the aroma is a bit off in the malt department (grainy, corn flakes like), and the finish is slightly funky.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 23, 2003
No 09216. Copper ale, white head. All this combination looked pretty attractive. Highly aromatic and complex aroma but it was missing something to be great. Deep, spicy, earthy flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, biegaman & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #08837. Pours a murky amber-orange with a small lasting white head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, hops, dark fruit, some yeast and alcohol -- itís held up quite well. Flavour of sweet malt, wood, hops, dark fruit and alcohol -- my fellow raters thought it diminished somewhat but I found it really flavourful, especially for a 5 year-old beer. Medium bodied. Still an excellent Ale, well done Fullers -- and thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Bottle # 7574, a sibling of CaptainCougar bottle :-} ...Slight hazy copper color, small but still creamy head, very good lacing, Medium to full-bodied. Raisins, caramel, sherry/oak, with just a hint of tart fruit on the nose. Outstanding aroma! Vinous at the start with fruity undertones. Gathered an additional warm malty sweetness midway through the glass, the taste just got better and better as I drank it. Smooth and rich with no bitter bite or over dominating alcohol presence. The lingering aftertaste is a nice reminder of the craftsmanship shown in this world-class Ale. I've got two more bottles and look forward to trying this again next year, if I can wait. THANKS to Hopsrus for recommending this as my 100th rating.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, honey, some toffee, hints of fruit, spice, earthy. Tastes earthy with some nice spicy hints, sweet caramel, minor fruit presence, hints of citrus. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6278) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Shared with biegaman, blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle via trade with TPaliga. Murky deep copper, average creamy off-white head. Incredible aroma - woody, thick sweet roast roast malt, yeast, raisins, tamed hops - jesus thatís nice. Taste has dimished somewhat with age - woody, astringent orange juice malt, quite boozy, hops are still kicking around. Body is a bit watery now, astringent and alcoholic mouthfeel, the alcohol and sweet fruit carry through the finish. Excellent senior citizen.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
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
Aroma:
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
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6097) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle shared by footbalm, thanks
Appearance: Hazy brown/gold with a small off-white head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Caramel, toffee and bready
Taste: Toffee and caramel
Well balanced, held up good for a 10 year old beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6049) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Amber color. The aroma has a lot of maple and vanilla notes in it, as well as some caramel malt. The flavor follows suit, but appears to be a bit oxidized. I get some maple and vanilla, but there is also a good bit of sherry and alcohol in the flavor. I also get a little bit of spice. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.


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