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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7507) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7262) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7220) - 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.)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin ring of light tan head. Aged toasted caramel malty aroma has a touch of light fruits and brown sugar. Body starts fairly sweet and full with nice caramel sugar notes along with mild strawberries and dough. Seems to have aged pretty well and goes down smooth, hiding the alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and dusty
Taste: Caramel, fruity and dusty
Nice, smooth

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle split by Colin @ CBC Clerkenwell. Cheers for this obscure vintage! The pourís amber with a small head. Signs of oxidation on the nose. A bit papery. Some caramel, donut, apple, cherry. The taste is more appealing. Robust almond and caramel. Tangy forest fruits. Red apple acidity. Mildly hot on the finish. Full mouthfeel. Overall, this is holding up OK. Glad this is drinking better than some of the older ones Iíve tried. Decent depth of flavor. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6651) - 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 (6543) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (6485) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6420) - 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.


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