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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2798) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Sample during tasting @ ÷lrepubliken. Pours hazy amber with no head worth mentioning. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, alcohol, toffee, rubber, lemon zest, overripe plums, raisins, sweet dark bread, cherries in liqueur, moist soil and hints of leather and cardboard. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, alcohol, leather, orange zest, moist wood, grass, vanilla fudge and leather. Mouthfeel is round, oily bitter, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with caramel, lemon fudge, wood, leather and grass. Very nice but would probably have been even better about 2 years ago...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13617) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 55cl. Bottle # 23378. A lightly unclear one, copper to amber in color and with a minimal sized beige head. Just a layer of bubbles actually. The aroma has caramel, hints of camphor, some oxidation, dried fruits and notes of sherry. Itís warming and lightly bitter on the palate, full-bodied, and with flavors of caramel, beef stock and some oxidation. Lasting finish with caramel, oxidation and some bitterness. A bit dull maybe, but not bad considering itís nearly ten years old. 120106

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber color. Sherry, raisin and oak in the aroma. Sewer. Also sewer in the flavor. Raisin.. Sherry. Candied fruit. Some remaining hopbitterness and toffee. Alcohol. The old age is showing. Still enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lym_flyer (21) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
550ml. Bottle conditioned. Golden Jubilee Edition. It seemed the right day to drink it on the Queenís Diamond Jubilee weekend, with the Thames Pageant today! Pours amber coloured with a small off white head on top. Aroma of dark fruit, sherry and malt. Tastes of caramel, port, toffee, dried fruits and slightly hoppy. Very nice indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15124) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
7th September 2009
Cloudy amber - red - brown beer. Short lived tan head. Good carbonation. Sweetish aged malt nose. Neutral palate. Sweet aged malt, smooth and creamy. Initially this tastes a bit tired but patience brings out some pleasant toffee caramel and generic fruit. Finishes semi dry and still with alcohol warmth after 7 years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10671) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. aroma is caramel, malt, fruit. flavour is fruit, orange, sugar, yeast, oxidation, caramel, hop, spices. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6915) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin white head. The nose is full of gingerbread, toasted malts, toasted sesame seed and golden syrup. The taste is leather, wood, spice, caramel and sticky over-ripe fruit sweetness, with a dry, boozy finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A decent vintage.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1884) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown, has bits of residue floating in it. Nose is sweet malty, marmalade, alcohol, caramel. Taste is again no trace of hops or bitterness itís just a soft and very sweet, very cloying marmalade, sherry, treacley. Touch of earthiness in too. Again quite raw alcoholic.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Meilby (7651) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy amber/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Decent but gone to the wrong side of vintage for my liking. All plums and raisins with a massive whack of alcohol. Tricky.


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