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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 363   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1071) - 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.

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1606) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2062) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4343) - 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.

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