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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2002

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

bottled
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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2410) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2006
( Bottle NO. 22970) Red-ish brown, hazy colour. Thick head. Sweet, malty aroma with hints of marzipan. Thick mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but not cloying flavour with notes of liquorice. Long dry, woody finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle from the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Fullerís Brewery in London, England in May 2005. No bottle number. One of the last bottles available at the brewery I was told. Deep amber-copper in colour, long lasting beige head, thick lace. The aroma is of christmas and coffee cakes, dark fruits, some chocolate and caramel, lightly sweet, alcohol hardly present in this vintage. The flavour is malts (lots of sweet caramel), cakes and cookies, plums, figs and raisins. Light sweetness, creamy full mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes cakey, lingering. The vertical is starting to get really good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle at Kookfest 06. Hazy, some floaters, lasting beige head. Nutty, vanilla, less intense hop than the others I tried. Bit more rounded perhaps. Again good hop on the end. Not as a big a fan as the 2000 or 2001

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle. Slightly outdated since it should be consumed before end of 2005. A cloudy beer with a white foam. Tastes of caramel and nuts. Not much hops and no alcohol taste either, especially considering its ABV.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Thanks to Walt for this beer. Poured a clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Smells of brown sugar, cream, red wine, some light fruitiness. Flavor is quite dry with notes of grapes, brown sugar, alcohol, wine... leading to a very dry finish, perhaos a bit ashen. Overall an enjoyable strong ale that balances being both bold and restrained.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4343) - 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.

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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 [Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Hazy deep amber with medium off white head. Sweet and vinious aroma with overripe fruits, caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet and rather complex flavor with notes hops, overripe fruits, caramel, chocolate and madeira. Great complexity and full bodied. Nice!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2002
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) í02: Clear orange color, molasses nose. The chewy-syrupy sweet-ending suggests to me that it will age well. I guess Iíll find out in a few years.


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