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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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

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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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95,000 bottles were produced for 2004ís Vintage, which once again employed a traditional approach, this time brewed with Goldings hops and Maris Otter malt. Distinctive cherry notes are evident, before a warming finish that mellows with age. Also limited availability in the Cask, mainly in the London area.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jd543 (405) - SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Murky red/brown, very thin, very quickly dissipating, off white head. Aroma of fruit, toffee, brandy, caramel malt. Sweet taste, light sour and light bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1328) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dirty but firmly clear light browny orange, swirl of light ringed head. Soft, dusty floral and softest marmalade. Vibrant, busy, juicy sweet throughout. Finishes vibrant, vanilla and linger of sherry kick. This had held up tremendously, much fruitier than many recent years.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
bottle at home ...copper ... small white head ... soit sweet toffee black currant fruit nose ... soft juicy fruits .. soft toffee fruit nose ... soft dull fruits ... soft toffee .. massive black currant fruits .. juicy fruits .. soft fruits .. soft sweet fruits ... big berries .. light cardboard ... nice but its age is showing ... lightest red licorice .. light marmalde ...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours amber, nose soapy, sweet toffee, cherry, taste is sweet, thin, cherry, caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (4247) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours amber with a thin white head. Aromas of almonds, sherry, burnt orange, marmalade. Taste is set, more marmalade. Texture is oily, full bodied. Sticky finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
2/II/14 - 75cl bottle @ Vintage Tasting, Brugs Bierfestival - bottle # 71196 (2014-159) Thanks to the person who contributed this bottle!

Clear amber to red beer, irregular off-white small head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, raisins, some mollasses, brown sugar, some toast. MF: soft carbon, medium body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet, caramel start, some mocha and bitter chocolate. Aftertaste: chocolate, little hoppy, dried fruits, orange peel, malty sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1509) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @joes. Copper/brown color. Smells sweet. Tastes sweet, sherry, thin, alcohol. Nice. Rate with a shot sherry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3081) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 0.75l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Bottle bro 37841. Colour is ruby red with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, sweetness and malts. Pretty special.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. Poor head retention. Aroma of toffee, raisin, mild hops. The taste is toffee, earth, caramel, dark fruits. Medium bodied, low carbonation, some oxidation but held up very nicely for a decade old.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Appearance: Hazy ruby brown with cm thick ivory head. Aroma: Toffee, butterscotch, vinous, spiritous note, sherry, mint, liquorice, raisin, dried fig. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium/heavy body, low carbonation, dry, lingering, toffee, dried fruit, butterscotch, liquorice, spicy, sherry, spiritous finish with an alcohol warmth. Comments: Lovely. Bottle number 12317.


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