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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001

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


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6216) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
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
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
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6046) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6037) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6010) - 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
swoopjones (5887) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (5691) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
(500ml thanks to SaucerSam) clear deep amber/copper, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of raisin, oxidation, caramel, dark fruit, honey. Taste of honey, English hops, dark fruit, light alcohol. Medium body, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2002
Re-rate: My original rating of this was a bottle i had in the UK which i purchased from the brewery. This sampling was one i also purchased from the brewery, but took back to Australia with me. Its not really how i remembered it on first sample, its much better this time!!! Quite rich, warming, spicy and bitter, Not the greatest English ale youíll try, but its pretty darn good, kind of reminded me of their 1845, but with perhaps a bit more character.

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