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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2002

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned version of Golden Pride.
Limited to 50,000 Bottles. As the year of the Golden Jubilee the golden theme was applied to this special commemorative Vintage Ale. Goldings hops and Golden Promise malt were used to produce this copper coloured ale with a fruity, orange peel aroma and a spicy, satisfying taste.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6530) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.
Bottle No. 39274.
Pours mahogany color with a small head. Sweet toffee and chocolate on the aroma, ripe fruits and wood. Sweet fruits, caramel, licorice and some wood on the flavor, bread too. Smooth oily palate, lingering sweet fruity finish. Very nice.
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7428) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
550 ml bottle. Bottle #39274. (Fuller’s) London, the UK. The Grand Vintage Tasting.
Darkish slightly cloudy amber colour with a tiny tan head. Sweet chocolate, fudge, dark fruits, vanilla and mild alcohol in the aroma. The flavour is dry liquorice, sweetness, bready malt, mild hops and toffee sweetness. Smooth. Rich.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6575) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
550 ml bottle @ the Grand Vintage Tasting, Tampere. Pours a mahogany amber colour with a small head. Aroma of chocolate fudge, some bread, orange marmalade and grass. Rich flavour of toasted malts, very strong licorice root notes, bread, salt, syrupy sweetness and some wooden notes. Full bodied. Brilliant stuff. The licorice root notes here are very original for the Vintage Ale series. 12 years old and no signs of aging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1873) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours an amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is funky veg, with some caramel. Medium body, mild carbonation. Very rich, xmas fruit cakey/mince pie taste - rich, boozy and fruity, with a slight spiciness. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle split by Colin @ CBC Clerkenwell. Cheers for this obscure vintage! The pour’s amber with a small head. Signs of oxidation on the nose. A bit papery. Some caramel, donut, apple, cherry. The taste is more appealing. Robust almond and caramel. Tangy forest fruits. Red apple acidity. Mildly hot on the finish. Full mouthfeel. Overall, this is holding up OK. Glad this is drinking better than some of the older ones I’ve tried. Decent depth of flavor. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Beer Clerko, 08/07/13, massive thanks to Fin for gifting me this one. #34840. Murky amber orange with a thin beige head that dissipates edgeward leaving a film. Nose is woody, walnuts, dark fruits, sugars, dates, slightly dank and musty, light oxidisation. Taste comprises mellow vanilla notes, dark fruits, tobacco, dates, prunes, sugars, leather, nutty tones. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate. This has held up really well some 11 years on - pleasing as I’ve had some duds from the older vintages in the past.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4619) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2013
550 ml bottle sampled January 2012. Hazy, reddish brown body with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma has a light hint of oxidation, but not really annoying, there is caramel malt, light fruit and a fine alcoholic touch of Sherry/Madeira. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, fruity and a mild kind of bitterness in the direction of bitter fruit. Fine body and a smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste. Almost ten years old and the most fruity flavor of the vintage series.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
500 ml bottle thanks to Kirk. Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium orange/white head. A big dusty nose of yeast and caramel. The flavor is robust with caramel, port, more dust, earthy, sweet oranges, lots of yeast. Really nice, has held up great . The oxidation fits in well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and dusty
Taste: Caramel, fruity and dusty
Nice, smooth

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - MAR 16, 2013
Copper, hazy, thin head. Aroma o toffee, a little leather in this 11 year old bottle, raisins, a very light cedar-like note. Flavor of toffee, an earthy leathery note, nutty notes, some tobacco, raisins. This 2002 vintage is drinking very well in 2013. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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