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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: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
I need to come back to this in another year or two. Nose is sweet. Appearance is cloudy dark copper, with a small off white head. Taste is sweet, with malt, dried fruit, toffee or maple, and a lingering bitter finish. Much nicer than their Golden Pride, which has all of the same elements but without much integration; this hangs together nicely. In another year or two it may seem a little less sweet, and the alcohol may be a little bet less apparent. I preferred the 1999, which had a chance to age more before a drank it. Still, this is a truly lovely beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20247) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2005
Bottled. Hazy reddish orange, beige mediumsized head. Strong chocolate and dry fruit in aroma along with grassy hints. Strong malt, caramel and alcohol in flavour with hints of hayish dryness, grassyness and papery hints. Very complex and full flavour. Pleasant and smooth palate. Malts, caramel, hay and alcohol in the long aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2005
Amber/orange, offwhite head. Aroma from sweet fruit, vanilla and strawberries, almond, nuts and red wine. Flaovr brings alcohol and almond, somewhat fruity. Aroma is much better than the flavor

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2005
I received this bottle from my Santa Mads, many thanks! The brew poured a rich coppery hue with a lasting off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma starts with caramelized malts, honey, english toffee, vanilla, overripened apple, non aromatic pipe tobacco and a hint of oak. The taste starts with a heavy dose of bittersweet character with both hops and malts in wonderful balance. A vinous almost sherry combined with bourbon overtone hits in midsection. A beautiful oaky and smoky bitterness finished off the experiance. The feel is lush but not as heavy as the 1999 or the 2001. It is peaking it seems and is becoming the equal to the more celebrated vintages of past. Yes, I love Fullers Vintage Ales I case you have not figured it out. This rates right up there with the best. Sampled along a 1999, 2000 (which I am about to rate) and 2004. I want, no make that NEED another bottle. Please!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malika (36) - SWITZERLAND - APR 15, 2005
3 years old
Beautiful amber color. Strong honey aroma, some alcohol. More hoppy than the 1999 version (tasted the same day). Long, bitter final.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
Bottled. Deep amber coloured. Big fruity aroma. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Complex. Smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 2010-02-17, 7 years old, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Beautiful amber color, strangely hazy; the head is quite thin, but creamy and persistent. The aroma is malty but also alcoholic, nutty, with light bitter almonds. Good body strength, the mouthfeel starts getting a bit oily; the malt flavor turned into cookie dough and marzipan; still strong bitterness, but also the alcohol can be clearly perceived. Tired beer, not worth ageing more.

2005-04-01, 2 years old, 8-4-8-5-16=41
Beautiful copper color, reducing head. Very malty aroma, very light Bourbon vanilla. Good body structure, a bit oily, quite thick; really malty; nuts (wallnuts), a lot of caramel. Incredibly harmonious. Very long final, malty and honeyish; knocks you out!
The carbonation and the young age makes of it, still, a partially aggressive brew (but excellent).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9325) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2005
sampled 04/2005, thanks to fiulijn - clear pale red-amber colour, the foam quickly disappears, very malty aroma, nuts and bread, cherry, full-bodied, sweet and oily, very bitter, dry and long malty finish - looks quite raw and with a huge potential

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
mmmm... Aged 3 years to perfection.....Pours an amber/brown hue with a light tan head. Aromas of old hops, bitter, a little tobbacco. Flavors of the same.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2005
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Light brown head. Fruit, light almond and light chocolate in the aroma. Flavour of alcohol, fruit and some berries. Is quite smooth. Ends on an alcholnote. Should have waited 1 more year with this.


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