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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Glassy dark red amber color and a thin head. It might be a partial congestion on my part, but im only getting a faint fruity malt smell off this. Very subtle flavor behind the initial strike from the bitterness and alcohol presence. The flavor is a smooth malty, slightly roasted and quite earthy. A fine beer to ring in the new year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3037) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
Dark copper colour with a small tan head. Aroma is strong and sweet, with dried fruit, caramel, licorice and alcohol notes. Flavour kicks off with some sweetness - brown sugar and dried fruit - then gets smoky & woody, moving into a bitter hop finish. The high alcohol is obvious, but not unwelcome on a cold winterís night. I expect those edges will mellow with age, but even in this young state, itís a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Pours a deeper amber color with a tan head. Strong malty aroma, some raisin and caramel meld well with some of the alcohol. Flavor is pretty sweet up front with some brown sugar, caramel, raisin, a touch of smoke followed up with some bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, some alcohol present, but the amount of it was kind of pleasant. Quite a hearty ale, it should age very nicely. Thanks for the gift mr_kimchee.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
bottle #84,004...Amber, nice tan head and thick lacing. Bubbly. Smells leafy and peppery, ALmonds, vanilla, pepper, alcohol. Sticky sweet, annoying so. Just not very enjoyable. Aroma put me off immediately, thinking it was skunked, but it isnít, its just a sharp alcoholic smell mixed with a peppery peanut/almond character. Maybe it does need age, because it is very rough right now. I expected more, although I didnít expect a masterpiece. I didnít expect the dud that I got. As it brethes, the nose takes on more phenolic character...rubber, nail polish remover, wood stain or stripper...This really seems amateur, sorry Fullers. I couldnít finish the pint. I guess Iíll hold on to my other bottle and hope for a miracle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10472) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2004
I had a few of these sitting in the cellar so I figured Iíd see what one tasted like fresh. Bottle # 65862. Poured a dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruits and hoppy. Caramel stronger in the tastes. Sweet with a hoppy balance. It will be interesting to see how the hops fad in a few years, but as is, I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11669) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2004
Dark amber color, small but lasting head. Fairly complex aroma: hezalnuts, hops. Full bodied, buttery and oily. Warming alcohol. A firm hopbitter flavor, walnuts. Just a touch of wood. I canít taste any fruit. There is some sharpness that will probably ease down over the years. Oaky bitter afteratste. Good quality beer that needs some cellaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Crystal clear, beautiful, copper ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. The aroma is of caramel and golden raisins. The flavor is malty and sweet, but not cloyingly so; not even close. This comes as a surprise as this beer is "red hot" right now... 2004. Instead, the brew is very well-hopped to produce a semblance of balance. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Long, astringent, lightly bitter finish. I canít wait until 2010 when I open the second bottle I purchased.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8940) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Big thanks to goldtwins for this. This is the first boxed beer Iíve ever drank....if I had it around noon it would be a true boxed lunch. Pours copper with a big, white head. Aroma of malt, chardonnay, piney hops and lemon esters. Tastes very malty, with a superb finishing balance of hops, citrus, fruit, and a hint of krieky, lambicness at culmination. More complex than a Chinese calculus exam. As I mature beerwise and agewise I appreciate subtlety more (in beer, not women) and this one subtlelly wows me. Thanks again, Larry. 061306: Rerate froma bottle my neighbor and good friend Joe gave me. This beer has maintained the 4.3, and may be even more complex at this point. If you have one of these, I recommend popping it now!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle from Sainsburyís - bought one for (much) later, too. Heady vinous fruit/malt aroma. Oily, fruity, spicy flavour. Full mouthfeel. Good long roasty finish with some hop. Splendid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
bottle no. 39224 -- pours a tawny brown with a fizzy full head. Aroma of caramels and toffees is intoxicating... literally. I was drunk off the fumes. The taste is so scotch smooth that this could easily be considered a lethal weapon. Almost too smooth though. It leaves a little beer aesthetic to be appreciated. Crystal malts and butter. Amazing.

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