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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2002

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%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle 550ml.
Clear medium to dark red amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, vintage, oxidide malt, raisin, plum, wood notes, moderate alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is flat to soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. IMO it is to old - on the down ... [20090725]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at the White Horse in London, England. Glowing Orange. Enticing aroma. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, apricot, vanilla and caramel. Full-bodied and flavorful but hot down the throat and the cloying syrupy sweetness was just too much. Notes of apricot, tea, tangerine, wood and orange. The hops were nice and sought to balance but failed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12052) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white mostly lasting head. A bit cloudy amber colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy powerfull aroma. Very toffee caramellic flavor. Average finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pubbe (493) - HÝjbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown with mostly diminishing light brown head. Dried fruits and some bitter chocolate in the aroma. Slightly sweet malt and more chocolate in the flavor. Rather oily on the palate. Beautifull strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6162) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of oak, some fruit, caramel, earthy. Tastes of dark fruit, spice, slightly tarte in a complimentary way. Finish yields more woody hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrupís - thanks. Clear brown - offwhite head. Nice malty. Nutty. Light spicy. Light dusty. Light oxidation notes. Wooden notes. Dried fruits. Dryness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown, has bits of residue floating in it. Nose is sweet malty, marmalade, alcohol, caramel. Taste is again no trace of hops or bitterness itís just a soft and very sweet, very cloying marmalade, sherry, treacley. Touch of earthiness in too. Again quite raw alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin white head. The nose is full of gingerbread, toasted malts, toasted sesame seed and golden syrup. The taste is leather, wood, spice, caramel and sticky over-ripe fruit sweetness, with a dry, boozy finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A decent vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11531) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber color. Sherry, raisin and oak in the aroma. Sewer. Also sewer in the flavor. Raisin.. Sherry. Candied fruit. Some remaining hopbitterness and toffee. Alcohol. The old age is showing. Still enjoyable.

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