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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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 (2141) - 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 (1222) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2536) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2004
Bottle No. 58503 Copper coloured with low but thick head. Light fruity, somewhat acidic aroma. Thick and sweet-ish mouthfeel. Notes of liquorice and hazelnuts. Big bitterness from a combination of hops and alcohol. Nice ale, but it will improve with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Bright and clear dark amber color with a moderate head of light an bubbles that settles to a small lid. Definite Maris Otter malt aromas, but light, along with faint light fruit and touch of hops (light citrus). Start is quite dry and uneventful. this one does not seem to get going until late in the tipple. The initial dry malt is taken back by some rather aggressive hops (for style). Pepper and mildly pine in flavor. Alcohol seem to kick in about the same time as the hops with a mild inferno that settle deep in the gullet. Finish is long and satisfying. Lots of malt, nut and darker fruit, akin to a dry fruit cake. This is one of a few brews that the longer I try it the more I want it and want more of it. The weak nose and harsh body hurt this one, on the present. I think I see some storage abilities in this one that I did not see in a few of the previous efforts. I think this will be a hit next Christmas, as in 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2004
Wonderful mahogany colour with a very thin head.Incredibly rich treacle toffee flavour,sweet & smokey palate.Extreamly good beer,I really enjoyed it!! Im going to lay one down to sample in a few years time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 (bottle nr. 62666) Amber, small tan head. Rather sweet alcocolic and toffe like aroma with some dry nutty accents. Dry fruity flavour, oak, caramel and almonds. Long finish of alcohol, nuts and dried fruit. A bit too sweet and young. Thick malty body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Amber color with a small off white head. The taste is sweet with a light dryness. Its has a very sharp alcohol pattern which will defenitely get better with a little aging.

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