Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
legion242 (2323) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#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.
JonMoore (1981) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DanielBrown (4063) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours translusent red with a medium head that slowly fades. Aroma of tea, biscuit, and a slight caramel. Flavor is biscuit, caramel, a slight hoppiness, and a thin alcoholic warmth in the finish.