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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2010
Small offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Caramelly (very!) musty earthy aroma with old books notes. Dry-sweetish wooden caramelly taste with old books and linoleum notes. Mild rounded, smooth mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dry wooden old blanket and paper aftertaste with sugary sherry mint notes. Some sharpish hops in aftertaste. Absolutely outstanding! (0.5l bottle, shared by KnutAlbert.)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle from the Fullerís shop. Vinous. Malty aroma with some caramel. Toffee, grain and cereals, round and smooth.The sweetne4ss of the beer and the alcohol combine to make a round and full aroma. Some sharp hops in the tail.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2005
I received this bottle from my Santa Mads, many thanks! The brew poured a rich coppery hue with a lasting off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma starts with caramelized malts, honey, english toffee, vanilla, overripened apple, non aromatic pipe tobacco and a hint of oak. The taste starts with a heavy dose of bittersweet character with both hops and malts in wonderful balance. A vinous almost sherry combined with bourbon overtone hits in midsection. A beautiful oaky and smoky bitterness finished off the experiance. The feel is lush but not as heavy as the 1999 or the 2001. It is peaking it seems and is becoming the equal to the more celebrated vintages of past. Yes, I love Fullers Vintage Ales I case you have not figured it out. This rates right up there with the best. Sampled along a 1999, 2000 (which I am about to rate) and 2004. I want, no make that NEED another bottle. Please!

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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Orange colour with a medium off-white head. Sweet caramel malty, hoppy, spicy aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet light dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle,courtesy of yngwie. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, biscuits,mint and fruitiness.Flavor is sweet and malty with some warmth, carame, spices, sherry and fruitiness.Medium body, average carbonation. Nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (5944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
This seems to be aging quite well.. . loads of toffee and caramel, with a big oily biscuit aftertaste . .. do you wanna eat my fat? i think you know the answer to that .. . The theonly nagative is the mouth is going a bit, thinning out if you will .. It is what it is, ..folks!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5635) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
Somehow dissapointing after having tried vintages 1999 & 2004 & 2005. A little disturbing burnt taste. Yeast particles which I havenít seen before. Still quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
Bottle. Glad we finished off the ight with this. The aroma wasnít so good, with slight hints at maple syrup, smelt like it was going to be too sticky to drink. The palate was very nice. A little sweet, but i expected that, rich, raisiny flavour, with slight hints of maple syrup. Some slightly caramelly salty, sherry like qualities to finish off, this was really nice. Good to share it with fellow ratebeerers.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Bottle # 15601... Poured a caramel color with a very small off white head, with very light lacing on the glass. Aroma of apples, plums, spice, nuts and caramel malts. Taste was more sweet malts and spices, nuts, a tart citrus hoppiness, and a light alcohol.


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