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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2008
Amber beer with a small white head. Malty aroma with caramel, toffee and biscuit. Dry with a rich malt flavour, somewhat bready.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14089) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle at Aarhus Beerfestival. Pours hzay deep golden amber with a small off white head. Aroma is dark fruits - pruner/plums, caramel, vinous/port. Very complex. Low to no carbonation left. Smooth, round , creamy& filling palate. Sticky... long end! Thank god!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From my backlog. Thanks to Jason for this. Tasted side-by-side with a 2004 vintage. Wonderfully complex with its golden promise base malt and delicate caramelization. Perfectly aged and very nuanced with a slight oxidative property to it, but that wasnít overpowering at this point. Bits of some plums, mild herbal character all swimming beneath the upfront caramel flavour added to its complexity. Aged better than the 2004.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 [Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Hazy deep amber with medium off white head. Sweet and vinious aroma with overripe fruits, caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet and rather complex flavor with notes hops, overripe fruits, caramel, chocolate and madeira. Great complexity and full bodied. Nice!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31628) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
55 cL bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a lacing white head. Light grainy to overripe fruit notes and with a light caramel malt note. Flavour is mild caramel malt. Light dry malt flavour with a light spice note. Ends with a mild malt finish and light wineous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Ungstrup]
[at Yesprs tuesday tasting]
Pours lightly red-orange with a fine, creamy, yellowish head. Fine lacing. Aroma is light hoppy, some chocolate, good fat toffee. Super creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has soft port, vinious, light chocolate and a pleasant dose of hops. Super balance, and that chocolate note is truly wonderful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2008
Botella. Pours an unclear red-amber colour. Sweet malty aroma with dark fruits and some toffee. Good soft mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet with toasted malt, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruits, some port and a little alcohol. A good well balanced brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2008
Bottle. [Courtesy of Ungstrup, thanks buddy] Large creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Cloudy amber colour. Aroma of overripe fruit, toasted malt, lovely smooth grainy feel. Over the palate came mild bread, light vinous. A bit more complex in the aroma compared to the 2004. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and light alcoholic and thick texture. Moderated sweet and mild bitter flavour. Complex and fruity lingering finishes what was quit smooth and malty at the very end. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4646) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle #12201. Slightly cloudy reddish copper, with a beige head that faded almost immediately leaving some light carbonation; rich fruit cake aroma, with vine fruits, port and brandy; rich vinous sherry-like flavours, deep and warming but with a slightly rough edge, then becoming smoother with a caramel and toast body before a warming finish. This vintage seems to be past its best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 16, 2008
500 ml. brown bottle. Part of a vertical tasting held for my close friends. Still awesome! 6 years old, and just hitting itís stride. Tasty beer. Deep copper color, white head. Mostly malts in the flavors of this yearís batch, some hops in the background. It still needs a little aging though.


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