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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: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.


3.7
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Once again i am indebted to the great man from the other side for this one. let me know if i can commit some sort of violent act or something for you mark, i owe you as do a few other grateful north texas beer lovers. pours a red hued brown with a bubbled light head. sweet aroma with a nice grassy hop note. taste is sweet and slightly smokey malt, not smokey robinson smokey, but it is there. wonderful sweet bread finish. a wonderful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2155) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alphadelic (2099) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 #900th rating. Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Sweet and buttery beer. Rich malt, tongue tingling sweetness annoyingly with goldings hops, which i am not a fan of. Bitter acidic finish. Alcohol, alcohol alcohol - itís not exactly refined but itís a very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Caramel toffee aroma with a touch of choc and yeast. Brown with small head. Sweet caramel with a yeasty mid and sweet though dry finish. Smooth. Nice. ReRate (-1 Overall): Sweet but balanced with a lovely spiced finish. Very morish.

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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - 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]

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at the White Horse in London, England. Glowing Orange. Enticing aroma. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, apricot, vanilla and caramel. Full-bodied and flavorful but hot down the throat and the cloying syrupy sweetness was just too much. Notes of apricot, tea, tangerine, wood and orange. The hops were nice and sought to balance but failed.

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.


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