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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 360   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.

   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 doesnít take too many to make a dozen. But itís good enough for me to get 24 bottles, some for this Christmas, and some for subsequent ones. Iíd imagine itíll be even more amazing in two or three yearsí time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6600) - 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 Iíve 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 (8701) - Leicester, 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 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from Queenís Quay LCBO. Part of very special seasonal import. Tasted in English Pint Glass. THIS IS MY NUMBER 500!!!!!! YIPIEEEEEEE!!!!!! Ok, ífocus numb jawí, 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 Queenís Quay LCBO!!! (The last 2 trips resulted in me buying out the stores qty of La Terrible. Oh wallet pain!!!!!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours a clear dark copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a musty blend of sweet caramel malt and dry English hops. Starts with a touch of malt syrup and toffee, turning more dry toward a sticky warming finish. I think this could definitely use some age as itís a bit unbalanced right now. Still not a bad rendition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Bottle. Clear copper orange in color with a white head. Hoppy and fruity. Very hoppy. Malty aroma. Very rich and malty flavor. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle: 67509.
Clear reddish amber body, smooth creamy head formation. Yeasty aroma, berry fruitiness, mildly toasted. Palate is yeasty with tart raspberry fruitiness, slight roastiness, fairly hoppy and bitter in the finish. Nice balance of flavors, just not as complex as I would have hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Clear copper/orange color with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma of hops is what hits you first, followed by a scent of biscuit malts. Flavor is nicely balanced between the malt and hops. Much drier than expected. I was waiting for it to be malty sweet then hopefully balance out after a couple of years, but this is pretty damn good right now. I will however cellar some just to see.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bottle # 70307. Sorry ClarkVV about rating this before the trade, but I found a stash. But I still want the one we were working on for the trade. Anyway, orange and clear with a white head. Hoppy, fruity, and malty for the aroma. I am talking apricots here people. Flavor is rich and malty, with lots of those Goldings hops coming through in hop flavor and bitterness. This is what I wanted to find out. That is: what is this brew like without oxidation. Which to me is near perfection. If you like English style brews, this is a prime example of all English ingredients coming together in an assertive brew. I do not hink this will age very well, and will seek to drink all I can get my hands on, so donít ask for a trade, and donít ask me to spare any. Go find your own source. I know it sounds selfish, but I donít think that you will appreciate such a fine masterpiece, so screw you.

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