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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2011
[550ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Hazy red pour with a fluffy white head. Fruity nose, very mellow. Sweet fruit cake and marzipan, although thereís an undercurrent of harshness throughout. Iíd heard amazing things about this Ė indeed Iíve written amazing things about the 1999 vintage. This one was nice, but a tad muted. Maybe it just hasnít aged well Ė could be one of those things [15102011]

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Straw malty nose. Much less sweetness than the í99. Very earthy taste that reminds me of the way rabbit food smells. Lots of caramel and smoke. Thanks to maelb and Kevin42 for making this tasting possible.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1796) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Big and SUPER clear red ale with a perfect, creamy white head. The aroma is unbelievably rich with a huge similarity to a Belgian bun. That is really amazing tasty. Creamy and floury with a beautiful browned pastry flavour and an Earl Grey soaked raisin. Some cheap powdery chocolate and lovely vinilla there too. I think that is fricking tasty. This is a very special beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1609) - AUSTRIA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 10 years old. Hazy dark red amber with a average, frothy, lacy, lasting, beige head. Smells of figs, plums, raisins, cherries and sweet malt, caramel, that after years has smoothed out to leather, wood and dark bread. Full oily smooth and smooth. Sweet taste of trail mix: Nuts, dried fruit, raisins with caramel, malt, and lightly toasted malt. Some alcohol lingers but its been smoothed out over time. Wood and leather with that vintage aged dry bitter finish. Liquid figs. So smooth to sip, I enjoyed throughout the night. Biscuit goodness.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1403) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours an amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is funky veg, with some caramel. Medium body, mild carbonation. Very rich, xmas fruit cakey/mince pie taste - rich, boozy and fruity, with a slight spiciness. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
I need to come back to this in another year or two. Nose is sweet. Appearance is cloudy dark copper, with a small off white head. Taste is sweet, with malt, dried fruit, toffee or maple, and a lingering bitter finish. Much nicer than their Golden Pride, which has all of the same elements but without much integration; this hangs together nicely. In another year or two it may seem a little less sweet, and the alcohol may be a little bet less apparent. I preferred the 1999, which had a chance to age more before a drank it. Still, this is a truly lovely beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle 39323 courtesy of cgarvieuk. Dark reddish copper, bubbly off-white head that fades. Nose is barleywine-esque - figs, some spice and some raisin. Slightly sweet, lots of ovaltine malts, hint of blackcurrant perhaps. Lots of biscuit malts. Finish is slightly sticky, slightly cloying. Not as good as I had hoped.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
The jewel of a vertical tasting that included, 2010,09,08,07,06,05,02. Thanks Gerry. Poured a bright copper with a lasting off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma is dominated by caramelized malts, honey, English toffee, vanilla and tart apple. Taste has a wonderfully balanced hop/malt profile, subtle sweetness, sherry notes, some woodiness. Finish is beautifully lingering and satisfying. Without doubt the jewel of the vertical.


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