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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: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2005
#67616. thanks goes to markus for allowing me to share this. at some point iíll buy you a pint or something similar. aroma is vinegary that hides a lot. there is a lint trap smell here that grabbed me. poured dark brown with a red hue and a white head. taste raisin and yeasty with a fresh hop finish. i look forward to trying this agin in a few years,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle, No. 67616) Pours an amber body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of lemon, orange, caramel, and bread. Malty base flavor with some toffee and raisins. Of coarse, this is a young bottle that could use some aging.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2005
Bottle No.04452. Golden brown, with maple syrup appeal and poise. Lovely complex malts were wonderfully blended to give very and interest. The palate never tires and each sip grows in excitement. I found this to be the easiest drink of all the Vintage Fullers so far. I will be buying another bottle confirm my observations.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle No. 48583. Bright, clear amber w/ thick, creamy beige head. Sweet, lightly fruity (orange marmalade?), freshly hoppy (dewy pine) aroma w/ caramel, vanilla, & a touch of earthy wood. Full-bodied & chewy feel. Sweet black licorice & molasses dominate the flavour w/ is also fruity (raisins, dried prunes), vinous & peppery. Finish is alcohol laden & quite sharp w/ a dry, almost roasty bitterness. This brew is still a little young and needs to mellow a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle (No. 78907) pours burnt orange, large white foamy head, lattice like lacing, with virtually no carbonation. † Somewhat malty nose, definite alcohol aroma, with minor biscuit. † Smooth malts up front, fairly sweet. † Not as robust or malt ladden as other English Strong Ales, which I like. † Medium body and mouthfeel. † Slightly biscuity finish, definitely malty, with a smooth sweetness. † Somewhat light, but enjoyable.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Bottle No. 78450
A light head forms from the pour that disipates in due time, no lacing. A string of light bubbles along with a goliath bubble rise to the surface every few seconds. The color is a mix of scotch and cherry, almost tawny colored. The nose is brightly malty like freshly milled grains along with a spicy hop bite and light perfume. The flavor has a light fig note to it along with that sweet fresh caramel taste and a bit of rosey alcohol scratches your palate as it goes down. A bit immature and childish right now, definately needs more aging time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3668) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
Bottle conditioned (#9051), from Sainsburys. Bronze, good fluffy lasting white head and a good prickle of natural condition. Obvious alcohol in the nose with traces of peppery hop and marmelade. Full bodied and tangy with some orange notes, pleasant hoppiness and a touch of oak but still with the alcohol noticable. Good solid blend of sweet marmelade maltiness, a tangy hop bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
Aroma of malt, caramel, creme brule and allspice. Opaque orange/red, tiny tan head, lots of carbonation, and yards of lace. Tastes of plums, raisins, almonds, caramel, treacle, alcohol is apparent, with malt and some hops. Complex, very well balanced given itís age, creamy smooth, delightfully bitter. Wonderfull! In a few years this should be something.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle #67616. Just like the Fullers 03, but thinner. Needs some time to develop. Thanks to Bu11zeye for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2005
My fourth Fullerís vintage ale (after 1998, 2002, 2003) and the one that impressed me the least. Fairly clear, dark amber appearance although all the yeast in the bottle was poured. Creamy, off-white and rapidly dissipating head. Quit weak fruity, sweet aroma, caramel, raisins and some hops in the flavor. The body was surprisingly thin and disappointing compared to other vintages. All in all, a sophisticated but kind of dull brew. As you can see, this was my first rating on ratebeer. Glad to be here. Cheers everybody from Finland!


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