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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2002

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

bottled
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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 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2005
Amber/orange, offwhite head. Aroma from sweet fruit, vanilla and strawberries, almond, nuts and red wine. Flaovr brings alcohol and almond, somewhat fruity. Aroma is much better than the flavor

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle at Århus Ølfestival 2008. Pours amber with a nice thin white head. Aroma of plum, malt, toffee and viniousity. Flavour of plum, vinousity, malt , toffee and chocolate.

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 wasn’t 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.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle sampled oct’05. Cloudy rosehip red, with small white head. Strong, dry, dark chocolate aroma, some grassy hops, and fruity sweetness. Very dry, dark chocolate returns in flavor, together with sweet malts and hay. Alcohol and malts dominate aftertaste. Bubbly, slightly acidic palate. Very nice altogether.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2011
Deep dark amber/brown colour, hazy liquid with very nice tones to the colour. Pours a creamy steady tanned head. Aromascape is pretty similar to the 2008 I drank not too long ago; Oak, orange, mustiness, malt, herbs, wood, barley wine styled notes, smoke.. very complex and pleasing. The taste is incredibly well crafted with a fruity balanced bitter quickly washed off by deep, dark, creamy sweetness. The palate is amazing with a full, thick body with creamy but compact texture. Carbonation is so spot on you do not even think about it. The finish and the aftertaste is what crowns this, bringing out chocolate, coffee, full deep creamy flavours I was not expecting. Overall, a very complex beast with a dark sweet side, escorted by deep wooden murky flavours.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malika (36) - SWITZERLAND - APR 15, 2005
3 years old
Beautiful amber color. Strong honey aroma, some alcohol. More hoppy than the 1999 version (tasted the same day). Long, bitter final.

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 Queen’s 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Punsch416 (10) - Rättvik, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle at Ölrepubliken in Göteborg. Pours a hazy amber colored beer with almost no head. Intensive aroma of cognac, tobacco, sultana, honey and eucalyptus. The palate is silke smooth with a taste of honey, eucalyptus, marzipan, malt, nougat, dried apricots and vanilla. Fullers vintage is a complex and beautiful beer that shows a really interesting development.


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