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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%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Maybe the LCBO has seen the light by releasing something like this. Dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel with a strong fruitiness. The flavour is like sticky malts with caramel and and hints of orange. Great beer, could stand to be a little thicker in mouthfeel. Iíll have to buy another for aging purposes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1031) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
No. 48378: Pours clear deep amber with a big lasting. Nose of caramel, musty raspberry and sweet whisky malts. Smooth big mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Lots of toffee, sea salt. Alcohol is well hidden in this complex beer. Buttery smoothness and a pile of barley. Although ready to drink, it is capable of certain wonders when aged. Good luck to my other five.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Poured copper color with big fluffy...smell is lemons and astringent...taste much the same...no real depth to this one...sweet lemons, alcohol, and ASTRINGENT dryness to the finish...age will be interesting indeed...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2333) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Nice fluffy head. Slightly citrus nose. First sip is slightly citric as well. Not bad, but I can see where this will do well with age like the others.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
#700. Bottle number 91738. Bought this at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Pours a clear, bubbly copper color. Nice lingering tan head. Light, hoppy aroma. Some sweetness and fruit lingers in the background. Nice taste. But itís kind of light. Probably would taste really good given a few years. Some sweet malt taste. No alcohol presence. Iíll buy some more and let them age. But still a good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2012) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2004
Bottle number 00574. Clear amber with a steady beige head. Hoppy, fruity, sweet and malty aroma. Lively on the tongue, rich, full bodied and malty; sweet caramel flavours and lots of hops, with an excellent hoppy bitter finish. Alcohol makes its presence known, but is not overpowering. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle number 66475. I wish I could remember the other Fuller Vintage Ales that Iíve had, but I canít . Carmel color pours with a small head that quickly dissapates. Aroma is pretty hoppy(goldings all the way), which leaves it with somewhat sour and malty. Flavor has a definite tartness to it. Balanced finish. Fine beer, but not as good as I remember, which seems to frequently be the case with a beer I fall in love with at first site.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4096) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle 4839 from Waitrose, Hall Green, Birmingham. Very balanced beer - doesnít taste the strength. Stays on safe territory - firm in the mouth, some sugary strength to finish, but restrained. Good quality.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle (#48490 if anyone is counting). Slight biscuity malt aroma, with lots of alcohol. Orange pour. Mouthfeel is maybe just a tad thin, but otherwise, smooth. Taste is initial liquor like - almost like a nice brandy. Strong english malt taste, good hops in there as well. As the beer warms, much more complex flavours do emerge - more caramel, an edgier bitterness - and that alcohol that was subtle goes way up. This beer really changes as it warms. I will be interested to try this again next year, but as is, it is good now.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
ruby red with little head.flowery/hoppy aroma with some caramel.flavor is sweet with the alcohol on the overwelming side.good but it does need to be aged a bit.


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