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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2003

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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16410) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. # 48335. Pours an amber colour with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of dark fruits. Also some hints of caramel. Sweet malty toffee and caramel flavor. Also dark fruits in the flavor. Long malty warming finish with some slightly bitterness in the aftertaste.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is raisins, malts and alcohol with mild touches of vanilla and wood. Flavour is quite sharp alcohol, grass, raisins, sweet malts, hops and some wooden and vanillaish notes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rune (7775) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2009
500ml bottle, No. 51280, many thanks to Richard for sharing. Pours an orange-amber coloured body, partly cloudy and with a tiny, but lasting, filmy layer on the surface. Smooth aroma of dried fruits and sweet malts. Rich, blended flavour of dried apricots, plums, raisins and prunes on a backbone of soft tartness. Discreet hints of yeast. Long-lived, bittersweet tail. Rounded and soft in the mouth. A tasty drink for very special occasions (dinner party, Tromsdalen 24.10.2009).

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10001) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 500ml, No. 04341. Chestnut with beige head. Super beer, smooth, malty and port like, warming on a cold night with tints of alcohol. The hops are still present in a peppery like note. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2004 Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the í98, í99, í00, í01 and í03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 14765. Poured a medium amber color with a small tan head (clearest and lightest color of the 5 vintages). Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums. Aromas and tastes on the lighter side compared to the í00 & í01. Spicy finish. This one needed to age a little more (but Iím glad to have compared the tastes across the different years!).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle 14999. Thanks to Spiesy for getting me this last year. Enjoyed at room temperature. Pours a deep amber with bits of red. Large beige head. Very big malty aroma, raisins, prunes. Taste is a little hot from the alcohol. I wanted to save this for a few years but didnít. Perhaps the alcohol would have toned down a bit. Sweet initially followed by a mildly bitter finish. Taste is dark fruity. Still a very good drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured hazy amber with thin tan head...smell is smoked meat and greasy...all around sweet followed up with a mild bitterness...alcohol was a little more apparent in this...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn (4396) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle #22128. Clear copper coloured with a thin off-white head; rich aroma of stewed fruits, apricots, raisins and prunes with traces of alcohol; body is quite thin with vinous flavours, chewy malt and warming alcohol; dry and warming finish. Smooth and exceptionally sippable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
rich and fruity aroma, pours with a deep bronze/copper hue and an off white head, strong fruitcake and alcohol flavour, treacle like in texture, this is similar to "1845", obviously though it has not had time to mature yet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2004
Bottle No. 12261.
Crimson almost red colour with a quickly dissipating head that fails to hold. Complex raspberry, hop aroma. Complex flavours but that comes through on the initial sip is a strong aniseed flavour, just like eating straight liquorice. Alcohol begins to reveal itself towards the end. Silky mouth feel with an extended palate that goes fare beyond the reaches of mortals.


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