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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: 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.


3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (4317) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4152) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3890) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3843) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3748) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
I didnít see a bottle number in the usual place here...none for the Golden Jubilee commemorative bottles, apparently. Drinking this reminded me of how I celebrated the Golden Jubilee--with my wife and first daughter, listening to a military band march on Broad Street in Oxford, and then enjoying lemonade and a more traditional brass band play on the lawn at All Souls College--an exceptionally rare treat for anyone to be able to picnic on that beautiful patch of grass. But those memories were too much of a match for this beer, which brought be back to reality with some alcohol notes (though not as effervescent as the 1999 vintage), and hints of body odor, lipstick, and caramel. Orange luminescence and some off-white head. Slightly syrupy, gentle bitterness, and a good toasted quality. Thanks maeib for sending this to Texas!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. hazy amber colour with a medium moslty lasting creamy head. Rich aroma and taste of malts, hops, fruits and citrus. Softly carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2003
January 2003- bumped it up a point after retasting. Aroma has lost some of its sweetness, becoming more like a Highland malt than a drambuie. A hint of cork is now apparent in the mouth and the finish has a little more depth with some spiciness counteracting the dry bitterness. 6 more bottles (and years) to go. July 2002-Bottle label has a subtitle of Special Golden Jubilee Edition, so I am unsure of the availability of this particular vintage, Initial head is good but quickly dissipates, and the condition is relatively low. First aroma is very reminiscent of Drambuie, with a spicy floral honey note but raisins and roast malt soon mask this. Main flavour is of fruity malt with a faint hint of esters and pear drops. Finish is dry and short with a hint of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2004
(Bottle # 23359)Amber with hints of blood red and orange colour. Small white head. Rich deep malty aroma of oak, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Small undertones, of candied, cherries, pepper and alcohol. Rich chewy malty flavour of almonds, oak, raisin, and dried dark plums with a small port note. Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Raisin, bitter almonds, rum and blue plums in the aftertaste.


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