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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: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8109) - 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.

4
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7507) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7214) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7124) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7058) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6842) - 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.


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