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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%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5052) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2013
550 ml bottle sampled January 2012. Hazy, reddish brown body with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma has a light hint of oxidation, but not really annoying, there is caramel malt, light fruit and a fine alcoholic touch of Sherry/Madeira. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, fruity and a mild kind of bitterness in the direction of bitter fruit. Fine body and a smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste. Almost ten years old and the most fruity flavor of the vintage series.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle@Home. Floral aroma with orange, malts and hints of apple. Hazy, some chunks floating around, beige head, fair lace. Sweet, caramel, herbal, floral, bitter. Oily, full and sticky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle @ jbrusí. Aroma is old dusty with tea, apricots, sugar and toffee malts. Hazy, orange coloured with an off-white head. Taste is sweet with some lingering smooth hopbitterness in the finish. It has a bit sticky sweetness and milky chocolate. Quite a nice Vintage ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle shared by KnutAlbert. Low, mostly lasting white head. Body is unclear, reddish-brown colored. Aroma is quite vinous with a distinct scent of grainy caramel, almost like an american Barley Wine. Taste has a strong malt body, caramelly, soft and rounded. Floral and minty tones, and hint of vanilla, mild pepper, wood and Cherry. A gentle bitterness in the backbone. Warming alcohol and smooth in the mouth. Near full-bodied. Dry, rounded, faint fruity ending. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
Poured a hazy orange with a brown tint and small begie head. Full thick dark fruits, sweet malt, some woody character and alcohol. Full malty flavor with raisins and chocolate. Some aged notes. Semi-sweet start and a drying finish. Decent warmth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4278) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle.Muddy brown appearance and left some sediment.Medium body with a lot of sweetness that lingered for a long while. Tried nine years after it was released and it hasnít aged well. Not one of their good years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4164) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2008
Bottle. [Courtesy of Ungstrup, thanks buddy] Large creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Cloudy amber colour. Aroma of overripe fruit, toasted malt, lovely smooth grainy feel. Over the palate came mild bread, light vinous. A bit more complex in the aroma compared to the 2004. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and light alcoholic and thick texture. Moderated sweet and mild bitter flavour. Complex and fruity lingering finishes what was quit smooth and malty at the very end. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4112) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (as part of their Old Ale festival), with Joeh, Kook and Maeib. Cloudy, bright beer. No head, but a delicious aroma. Sweet, with alcohol warmth throughout, but never in a domineering way. Pin pricks of dryness and vegetable; sugar and cake mixture too. Deliciously blended and excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3925) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle@home 10/12/11. Sherry and muscavado sugar nose though over-boozy and some melon-rind.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3846) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2005
Bottled. Orange colour. Malty nose - almond paste, slight licoricy with hints of dried fruits and whiskey. Flavour is malty, licoricy with lavender, menthol, tidbits and white raisins. Very long and complex flavour. Lively, yet softmouthfeel. Dark flavour profile. Not very sweet.


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