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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2003

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


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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50,000 bottles were brewed using a traditional recipe of Target, Challenger and Northdown hop varieties. The taste is rich with notes of marmalade, raisins and Christmas cake; the spicy hops well balanced with a pleasant bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Red brown colour with a big off-white head. Malty fruity caramel aroma and a sweet dry malty fruity light hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Vertical tasting with 2001, 2008, 2009 and served in Fuller no--nik pint glass:

App :Slightly hazy deep amber with mahogany highlights, small frothy head and some spotty lace. Aroma: Very heavy marzipan and crystal malt influence, grassy and noble hops, some minty and dill esters, a touch of lemongrass and heather, raisins and dates. You can almost smell an old wool sweater when approaching this beer.

The taste starts with heavy marzipan, prune, pear, bready and yeast. Unlike the great FVA of the past this never seems to go to another level. Almost one dimensional which I find almost shocking. Seems too sweet and bready versus that forceful noble hop character often found with these.

I was very happy to land a bottle of 2003 but now I tasted it, I would rather have many bottles of the easier to find 2009. This did not age nearly as well as 1998, 99, nor 2001. That makes me sad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle at Akkurat. It pours deep mahogany brown, thin off-white head. The nose is rather sweet, tangerine, orange peel, Christmas cake, spice and Brown sugar. The taste is wood, leather, brown sugar, honey, date, raisin, currant, spice and orange pith, with a very dry finish. Full body, fine carb and slightly sticky mouth-feel. An enjoyable beer, but not one of the best Fuller vintages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle. Some madeira qualities. Nutty caramel/toffee flavours. Touchy of vanilla and wood, some citrus from the hops. NOt as complex as the 2002, but still nice all the same. Rich, yet smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Poured a copper color with a small white head and light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, fruitiness, alcohol, and even a bit of port. Taste was more sweet caramel (as seems to be the trend with this vertical), spicy licorice, toffee, with light hops... light alcohol was present here as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2005
Reddish brown colour with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel hints and a light fruityness. Nutty caramel flavor with a fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottled number 27154, courtesy of chris_o. Pours a nice copper body with a small whitish head. Nose is malty with alcohol notes, raisins and light caramel. Taste is big alcohol, rum soaked fruit, big malt and caramel. Body isnít the thickest but has a nice warming feel to it. It works itself out. Finishes with more malts, more alcohol and caramel. Good beer, but I think another year would mellow this nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2005
Tea-like tannins underscore floral, citrus hops. Clear copper coloured body with low white head that recedes to ring. Tannin-full, toffee, caramel flavour with light fruitiness and moderate bitterness. Medium-full sticky body with fairly fizzy carbonation. Bottle sampled at RBESG 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4493) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle #27154:
Clear amber coloured body with no head at all. Aroma of nice pit fruit, grapes and toffee. Medium-bodied; Nice full sweet taste with pit fruit and a good mild bitter malt flavour. Overall, a nice beer - a bit stronger and harsher than 2002, but still a damn good beer! I sampled this beer from a 50 cL bottle after the RB party at Founderís in Alexandria, Virginia at Mikeís (the_beer_god) hotel room on 20-November-2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
Lightly hazed deep orange copper color with a thin off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some mild yeasty phenols and candy notes. The flavor is malty and semi-sweet that dries out some with a mild to moderately bitter finish. Some warmth. A little grapey. Medium bodied.

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