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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2002

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
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.


3.6
   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 wasn’t 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Hazy orange colour with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of wood and alcohol. sweet malty flavor with notes of caramel and oak. Warming alcohol finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle @ jbrus’. 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
Bottled. Deep amber coloured. Big fruity aroma. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Complex. Smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (4974) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle@home 10/12/11. Sherry and muscavado sugar nose though over-boozy and some melon-rind.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4862) - 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 hasn’t aged well. Not one of their good years.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Sample during tasting @ Ölrepubliken. Pours hazy amber with no head worth mentioning. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, alcohol, toffee, rubber, lemon zest, overripe plums, raisins, sweet dark bread, cherries in liqueur, moist soil and hints of leather and cardboard. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, alcohol, leather, orange zest, moist wood, grass, vanilla fudge and leather. Mouthfeel is round, oily bitter, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with caramel, lemon fudge, wood, leather and grass. Very nice but would probably have been even better about 2 years ago...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4353) - 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.


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