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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2002

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Reddish color, small firm off-white head. Sweet portwine aroma - very developed. Sweet and roasted taste: coffee and alcohol. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2004
Bottled. Amber with a soft, smooth beige head. Big ripe cherry aroma, with lots of sweet malts. Alcohol is prominent on the nose but is more acceptable on the palate. Sweet flavour that lingers something chronic on the palate. The flavours naturally change as it warms and as the palate tires. Sweetness transitions into a thick bitterness which becomes hard work. Very impressive that so much of everything could be packed into a beer but generally thatís not the point.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29168) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2003
[Sampled November 7, 2003] The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of fruit. The color is a hazy dark amber and it has a beutiful beige head. The flavor is lovely from a good malt blend with notes of fruits and wood. It has a dry bitter end. A fine beer but not nearly as good as Vintage 1997 and 2001 - maybe because of the short aging? I wish I had another one to experiment with.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 11, 2003
aged for a year glowing copper amber. almost no head. sweet malty caramel aroma. nice spiced sweet taste with a licorice and fruit charactyer. rather strong hops to counterbalance the sugars. complex dry finish alcohol in the aftertaste. a good warming sipping beer.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 March, 2003Desperation sets in. Only three beers in the house that I havenít tried. One is a Brasserie de Clerck (sad French beers), one is a Cantillion lambic, and the other is this. I was planning on letting it age a bit more before drinking, but I couldnít face the other two beers, so I opened this. Syrup sweetness, not impressed. Lovely complex nose - a sort of tea garden salmon. Nice complex finish of cascading hops. And the promise of delights to come in the middle bit which has a satisfying range of sweet malt flavours. But itís all stuck in the middle of a rather cloying sweetness which comes across as rather crude. The hops are excellent, coming through, even in this sticky mess, with a delicate tea flavour. But, at this age, the beer is so undeveloped that the sticky sweet alcohol is the predominant experience. Itís almost unpleasant. I have noticed that the ratings for the Fullerís Vintage have been steadily declining since 1998. Either - like me - people are drinking this too soon, or the quality is declining. Either way, I find this sadly disappointing. [2.7]
Sept, 2006KookFest 2006 Very sweet and very hoppy. Perhaps the hoppiest of the bunch. Toffee in the background. Swamped by hops. A fairly crude beer. Quite clearly a fairly simple strong ale. [2.6]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Almost no head at all slight spiciness with an alcohol aroma. Flavor was ok but i feel this would be a much better brew if it had some more age.I will rerate this again in 1 year after the other 3 can grow some more hair on them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2003
January 2003- bumped it up a point after retasting. Aroma has lost some of its sweetness, becoming more like a Highland malt than a drambuie. A hint of cork is now apparent in the mouth and the finish has a little more depth with some spiciness counteracting the dry bitterness. 6 more bottles (and years) to go. July 2002-Bottle label has a subtitle of Special Golden Jubilee Edition, so I am unsure of the availability of this particular vintage, Initial head is good but quickly dissipates, and the condition is relatively low. First aroma is very reminiscent of Drambuie, with a spicy floral honey note but raisins and roast malt soon mask this. Main flavour is of fruity malt with a faint hint of esters and pear drops. Finish is dry and short with a hint of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
Don Bible, now thereís some memories. Weíve finished all these beers and itís 3:00 in the morning, our palates are pretty much shot and he breaks out a Fullers Vintage Ale. Well, what can you do, drink it I guess. Dark orange appearance. Nice fruity aroma. Smooth, very malty body. Finishes relatively bitter. Good beer, best before 3:00.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
Bright amber; chewy, malty, earthy, touch of hop. Like the others, but with youth on its side compared with the usual year or two that most people put on these before they drink them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2002
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) í02: Clear orange color, molasses nose. The chewy-syrupy sweet-ending suggests to me that it will age well. I guess Iíll find out in a few years.


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