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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: 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vertical tasting -97, -00, 02 and -03 with official representatives from the brewery. 3rd one ever held by Fullerís
In addition to the commersial description First Gold hops were also used, as per Fullerís head brewer. This is definately more developed than -03. Still, though, has potential for more. Bread, toffee. Soft (donít want to use the sm**th-word). Quite malty for a vintage beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2004
Bottled at the White Horse, Parsons Green. The colour was somewhat difficult to gauge as the pub was so crowded that we had to sit outside in the dark. The aroma didnít augur well. Malt dominates, but it has a very distinct cereal character and sweetness, that I didnít find very appealing. However, all was redeemed on the palate. Thereís plenty of malty sweetness, but a good dollop of spicy hops counterbalance that nicely. Rich, complex, fruit cake flavours put in an appearance too. Long, dried fruit finish, with the hops lasting the distance. Definitely a beer of two halves. Overall, good, but not outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
Bottle. Glad we finished off the ight with this. The aroma wasnít so good, with slight hints at maple syrup, smelt like it was going to be too sticky to drink. The palate was very nice. A little sweet, but i expected that, rich, raisiny flavour, with slight hints of maple syrup. Some slightly caramelly salty, sherry like qualities to finish off, this was really nice. Good to share it with fellow ratebeerers.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12992) - 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 (29848) - 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 (5275) - 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 (3634) - 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.


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