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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (8564) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Dry raisiny and nutty aroma. Pleasant carbonation. Yeast mellows the taste we found - so do add some. Very dry malty body. Hops again dry and biting. Lovely raisins in the finish. Beautiful sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7013) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2011
Bottle that Peter Fowler, Shoulder of Mutton kindly shared at tasting at his pub 28.04.11 Pours reddy amber, looks good. Touch of tobacco on nose along with some dried citrus and a dab of spice. Tasty beer really full bodied, however possibbly a bit too much toffee for me, though there is some vanilla and a little nuttiness in there. Extremely likeable but not a patch on the 1999 that we also tried. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5265) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle,courtesy of yngwie. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, biscuits,mint and fruitiness.Flavor is sweet and malty with some warmth, carame, spices, sherry and fruitiness.Medium body, average carbonation. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2365) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Sample during tasting @ ÷lrepubliken. 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...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2157) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Poured from a 550ml bottle, thanks to Doug. Big toffee and fruity nose. Flavors of leather, toffee, coffee, caramel. A tasty beer that has held up well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Beer Clerko, 08/07/13, massive thanks to Fin for gifting me this one. #34840. Murky amber orange with a thin beige head that dissipates edgeward leaving a film. Nose is woody, walnuts, dark fruits, sugars, dates, slightly dank and musty, light oxidisation. Taste comprises mellow vanilla notes, dark fruits, tobacco, dates, prunes, sugars, leather, nutty tones. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate. This has held up really well some 11 years on - pleasing as Iíve had some duds from the older vintages in the past.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
Don Bible, now thereís some memories. Weíve finished all these beers and itís 3:00 in the morning, our palates are pretty much shot and he breaks out a Fullers Vintage Ale. Well, what can you do, drink it I guess. Dark orange appearance. Nice fruity aroma. Smooth, very malty body. Finishes relatively bitter. Good beer, best before 3:00.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2004
Bottled. Amber with a soft, smooth beige head. Big ripe cherry aroma, with lots of sweet malts. Alcohol is prominent on the nose but is more acceptable on the palate. Sweet flavour that lingers something chronic on the palate. The flavours naturally change as it warms and as the palate tires. Sweetness transitions into a thick bitterness which becomes hard work. Very impressive that so much of everything could be packed into a beer but generally thatís not the point.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle #15605. Nice amber body with a smallish white head. Aroma of hops, malt and caramel with an alcoholic follow up. Barleywine like, sweet with touches of caramel. Hot alcohol finish but pleasantly so. Full bodied but not syrupy. Lingering aftertaste of pleasantly sweet alcohol. Thanks for sharing DuctTape.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Caramel toffee aroma with a touch of choc and yeast. Brown with small head. Sweet caramel with a yeasty mid and sweet though dry finish. Smooth. Nice. ReRate (-1 Overall): Sweet but balanced with a lovely spiced finish. Very morish.


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