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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2003

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (600) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 First of all, apologies to those at the DC gathering who missed out on this. It had always been my intention to bring it along, but I didn’t manage to get a bottle before I left the UK, so my other half picked it up and brought it over to the US. Unfortunately, due to flight delays, she didn’t arrive until after the main event had finished. As for the beer, first the negative. In common with some other vintages of this beer, I find the malts a bit grainy and undeveloped. Perhaps a bit more bottle age would sort that out. Apart from that niggle, it’s a rather impressive beer. There’s plenty of hop presence, as well as the malts, in the aroma. There’s a lot going on in the flavours. Chewy malt (obviously), plummy fruit, raisins, licorice, orange marmalade, herbs. And plenty of hop bitterness to lend some balance. However, like others I think that more patience would have allowed to flavours to integrate more seamlessly. Still a classy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
A dark amber beer with a thick orange head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of prunes, but also over ripe fruits, and hints of wood. The flavor is very sweet and very complex with notes of fruit, prunes, and wood, as well as light notes of alcohol. Leading to a dry citrusy bitter end.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
Pours a transparent copper amber with a lightly-lacing khaki colored head. Boasts a good, slightly sweet caramely malty nose with some light fruity complexity. Body starts full and caramely malty sweet with some slightly earthy bittering hoppiness for balance. Finishes slightly warming, but otherwise pretty complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled in 2006. Amber red in color. Caramel, apples, a little tartness. Some grassy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10458) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Bottled @ RBESG2005: Dark amber coloured. Almonds, vineous, cocoa and spices in the aroma. Flavour is sweet ans spiced. Some citrus and caramel is present. Is quite young, and will probably be better in one or 2 years. Tried it dec. 2006. More smooth, mellow and vineous than the 1. time I tried it. Very sherrylike, like I often find the Vintage ale to be after some years on the back. Would consider this and 3,9 - 4.0 at the present stade.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
Bottled at RBESG 2005. Hazy brown coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits and marzipan. Sweet flavour of dried fruits with notes of marzipan.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
Bottled. RBESG -05. Amber colour. Light-ish mouthfeel with a mature feel. Almond and cognac notes. Vineous and rounded. And dry.


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