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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.


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   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 (4673) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle thanks to Marsiblursi!! This beer was just exceptional! Poured a clear, deeper coppery-orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up deep, toasted caramel, bready notes, toffee, and drier floral hoppage.. bit of an uptake on the back with more lovely dried floral notes.. soft, inviting, and well-aged. The flavor had slight sour oxidation notes and dark fruits upfront with mild floral and citrusy bitterness.. sweet candied caramel with more fruit across the middle and back-end, accented by light, but complimentary bitterness.. sweet and tasty! Sweet, medium-bodied, and well-balanced on the palate.. wish I had another!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5316) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Bottled. Slight hazy orange, short frothy head. Aroma of apricot, tea, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, slight hint of smoke. Malty taste, toffee, slight chocolat, slight alcohol burn. Reminds me of a Harvest Ale. Strong taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle @ jbrusí. Aroma is old dusty with tea, apricots, sugar and toffee malts. Hazy, orange coloured with an off-white head. Taste is sweet with some lingering smooth hopbitterness in the finish. It has a bit sticky sweetness and milky chocolate. Quite a nice Vintage ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2029) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Sampled in 2007 (5 years old). Orange coloured, off-white head, chunks of yeast. Aged aroma, yeast, liquor, pretty strong. Vanilla notes with toffee and caramel, very nice malty flavour. Once and awhile some lactic notes shine through. Towards the end some sticky sweetness, liquorice and hops. Oily texture. Good, although i expected the age to shine through a bit more than it actually did. Thanks jbrus for sharing.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle@Home. Floral aroma with orange, malts and hints of apple. Hazy, some chunks floating around, beige head, fair lace. Sweet, caramel, herbal, floral, bitter. Oily, full and sticky.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled in 2006. AMber in color. Caramel and honey. A little sweet and fairly viscous.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body: † Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2 † † Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 3 † † Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head: † None(1)->Large(5) : 3 † White(1)->Tan(5) : 2 † Lasting: 2 † Lacing : 1
Aroma:
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 2 † Bread : 2 † Apple : XX † Tropical Fruits : 2 † Soap : XX † DMS : XX † Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4 † Biscuity : 2 † Hay : XX † Toasty : 3 † Caramel : 3 † Nuts : 2 † Honey : XX † Cereals : XX † Grainy : XX
Hops : 2 † Noble(1)->American(5) : † Leafy : 1 † Spicy : 2 † Floral : 2 † Lemon/Lime : XX † Grapefruit : XX † Orange : 2 † Herbal : XX † Grassy : XX † Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes : † Peach/Apricot : XX † Earth : 2 † Mint : XX † Butterscotch : XX † Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 † Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 † Sourness : XX † Bitterness : 2 † Complex : XX † Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3 † Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2 † Clean : XX † Sharp : XX † Watery : XX † Oily : XX † Chalk : XX † Astringent : XX † Alcohol : 2 † Mineral : 1 † Oxidation : XX † Metallic : XX

Comments: A rather earthy and fruity year, less citric than the most recent and plumier, more vinous.


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