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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: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Bottle #18440. A gorgeous amber color with a thin tan head. The beer needs to be agitated to get the aroma out. As is, the nose is filled with alcohol. When stirred, the dark fruits, sweet malts, and caramel come through. The alcohol is very noticeable and a pretty unpleasant in this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2004
I tend to cut Fuller's a pretty large chunk of slack for no other reason than having liked the first number of their beers I ever had. This one was NOT at the top of the heap for the Vintage ales I've had. Oxidized and more pronounced alcohol - a burn really - than any of the others. Still some nice malt, the dominate factor, but all in all would rather I had this one earlier and still had a 1999. And for those feeling the need to know - this was shared with me, not my own.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2006
KookFest 2006. Less sweet and hoppy than 2002. Aged sherry notes. Caramel. Jelly. Drinkable and pleasant enough. This was one of those I enjoyed the most in the 1999 - 2005 range - though there really was little between them.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of Pinball. Bottle # 07111. Pours a clear amber with a small, rough off-white head. Oxidized and lightly fusty aroma with quite some caramel. Rich body, lowish carbonation, caramel and manure, quite some overripe fruit. Warming alcohol finish. Oxidized of course, but still enjoyable - after all these years. 200912

3
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #18801
Pale hazy nut brown, very small beige head. Earthy, cellary, mould aroma. This one has not aged so well, lots of cellary flavors. Behind that wood and nutty - typical Fullers flavors. Warming alcohol in the finish. Maybe leaked bottle or just one of the vintages which has past its prime.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Unfortunately this beer has fallen apart. Apparently not holding up to aging too well. There are remnants of a once fine ale here but not now, shame. There are hints of caramel, cherrys a little wood malt and alc. , no hops apparent. Lots of sourness(nose,palate) and oxydation which just dominate this once flavorful brew. Oh well, live and learn man. I hate to see a good beer gone bad. Thanks to Indra for a shot at this one.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle @ Kookfest. Slight acetic flavours and mild honeyish malt. Perhaps the strongest alcohol feel of the lot. It did have a smooth nicely balanced honeyish sweetness. Slighlty prickly mouthfeel. More approachable than most of them but the alcohol and acetic flavour combine with the carbonation to give a poor finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
This beer slightly produces an aroma of dates. The glass fills with a cloudy warm brown color resembling moist dying peat moss. The head consists of archipelagos of foam. The mildly hoppy taste of this beer lingers well.


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