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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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

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RATINGS: 353   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.


3.4
   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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
An English Ale in name this might be, but tastewise this is like sipping the most silky-smooth of dark Belgians -- with its outstanding creaminess, rock-steady head and fabulous mouthfeel, this matches some of the best from that land of moules frittes. Thereís a very definite supreme quality feel about this lovely brew, with an overall wow-appeal that beggars description. And, mind you, this is not even a cellared version, imbibing this godly liquid as early as January 2005. Very reminiscent of Malheur 12, but this strikes me as even more luxurious. Worth the high asking price in Denmark (Ä7,25).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottle #67616, at the end of a vertical with 1999, 2002, and 2003. Lots more head on the pour than any of the other vintages. Very shapr, clear amber appearance. Much fresher, grassy, slightly pickle juice aroma. Much livelier palate as well. Quick caramel finish, some lingering metallic notes. Definitely one I will need to try with a few years on it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2005
A soft tempting malt and Christmas spice aroma, smooth as silk malt with vanilla and butterscotch hints,as good as a palate can get, wonderfully blended, but just not big enough to be rated any higherat least yet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle 39152. Golden ale with reddish copper hues, and a thcik creamy off-white head. Good malty aroma with sweet sugar and scotch barrel notes. Light malt base with stricking alcohol warmth lingering pleasantly in mouth. Some pears detected. Good hops in finsih, with roasted nuts notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle number 60735--one pint. Pours a cloudy ruby amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hoppy, fruity aroma with notes of wheat and orange...maybe grapefruit as well. Sharp, full flavor of citrus and hops. Finishes with a hoppy punch. Leaves the palate craving a bit more, however. Overall, not bad, not bad.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2005
(Bottle 91879) Very large beige head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, bready, some earthy, vanilla, light herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light raisin, toffee, minimal bitterness. Finishes with moderate alcohol. Watery medium-full body. Too much alcohol presence, and in my opinion, definitely a notch below earlier vintages I have tried (99-01).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottle (No. 80180). A reddish orange color with an off-white head. A bready malt aroma with butterscotch, raisins, and toffee. The flavor has caramel, hazlenuts, tofee, bready malts. Rich and complex for the style.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. Clear dark copper with a thin beige head. Nose: raisons, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Taste: alcohol, vanilla, hazelnuts, toffee and did I mention ?, alcohol. Might be a nice beer in a few years but itís too young and raw right now.


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