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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2004

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
95,000 bottles were produced for 2004’s 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 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 I’ve had, but I can’t . 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 (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle 4839 from Waitrose, Hall Green, Birmingham. Very balanced beer - doesn’t taste the strength. Stays on safe territory - firm in the mouth, some sugary strength to finish, but restrained. Good quality.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
Delicious! It looks and tastes like caramel, with a sweet fruit scent. Went down extremely easily, and at 8.5%, it doesn’t take too many to make a dozen. But it’s good enough for me to get 24 bottles, some for this Christmas, and some for subsequent ones. I’d imagine it’ll be even more amazing in two or three years’ time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 29, 2004
Amber pours large head. Rich aroma - oil, mellow sugary malt. Bitter front , medium sweeter , warming alcohol . Fresh , to young I must say . Young 2004 should grow for few more years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2004
Beautiful clear amber colour with a medium long lasting beige head. Lovely sweet caramel and dark fruit aroma. Light spice there too and a touch of yeast. Sweet start, a little cloying though. Fruity yet dry in the finish. Almost a touch of roast there! Medium-full smooth body. I quite liked this, moreso than the 2002 bottles I’ve had. Be interesting to taste a bottle in a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9942) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
Orange/brown with a small head. Aromas are sweet and malty with fruit - especially oranges and spices. Some sour/bitter notes with alcohol fumes. Flavours are fruity spiced oranges wth pepper and juicy hops. Tasty and warming but not as good as other vintages I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from Queen’s Quay LCBO. Part of very special seasonal import. Tasted in English Pint Glass. THIS IS MY NUMBER 500!!!!!! YIPIEEEEEEE!!!!!! Ok, ’focus numb jaw’, here we go...... Appearance in the glass is copper red / brown, clear with a nice sustained white head. Good looking ale, right off the start. Aroma is of sweet malt, chocolate, some bitters / finings. Absolutely no alcohol in the aroma, which, I have to say is slightly present in the 1845. Flavour is bold and fairly complex. Hints of nut, caramel, toffe and malty goodness. Finish is laden with hop bitterness with a well rounded alcohol ending. Good stuff. This means a third trip this week to the Queen’s Quay LCBO!!! (The last 2 trips resulted in me buying out the stores qty of La Terrible. Oh wallet pain!!!!!).

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