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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 362   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3887) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2012
10 feb 2012, bottle. Nice, clear ruby. Nose is a bit winey, soured grapes. Med body and almost flat. Bourbon barrel stout (faint) and flat coke. I was expecting a bit more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2308) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle No. 19015 care of The Hung Drawn & Quartered, London. Pours reddish, cloudy as I should have let it settle, thin white head. Nose is sweet orange, tangerine, Grand Marnier, orange liqueur, caramel, raisins. Taste is mellow orange, orange liqueur, caramel, cherry liqueur. Thereís a bitter tartness too, but flavours have softened over the years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (10508) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #62497 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, alcohol and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7194) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle. courtesy of gunnfryd.Bottle No. 62497. Pours deep golden with an off-white head.Aroma of malt, biscuit, fruitiness and sherry .Flavor is sweet and malty with some warmth, biscuits and fruitiness. Medium body, average carbonation.Nice smooth beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
Cherry red with sherry nose and a hint of pineapple esters. Balanced and warming alcohol with a hint of cocoa in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1791) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2011 (Bottle number 71049) Im skeptical as I open this almost 8 year old bottle of vintage fun, I wanít it to be lush in deep malty texture to the point of relentlessness ,but will it be just boozy. tired and not worth time on the palate ? . Im in my new flat/apparetment and im punch drunk as i finished one bottle of this already and ive written shit all so retry
(Bottle number 71071Gotta bunch of vintages as a gift . So lets crack this shit open again
....in a goblet the nose is sticky and nice ,like id snort it kinda vibes...sugary covered cherry ,prunes ,maybe raisin i canít be sure , with pleasingly slick and ploished boozy accents ...earthy whispers from the goldings hops .
it looks murky and dull deep copper ,subtle beige head.Even a Chimay goblet canít sex this up .
this ale opens like a Barley Wine ...it opens its doors on the palate to kiss you with big rich depth of malt...suggesting cherry like notes ,brown sugar ,brown bread covered in sugar ,maybe some alcoholic raisin bread or something . earthy hops are dead but they are there in spirit
Im sipping this and reflecting at my slighly Bohemian and yet tasteful new crib . Im having luch tomorrow with this hot Indian chick who thinks im an alcoholic beacuse i drink twice a week , yet she broke her anckle wasted last year . The kinda stress I live with .
MMMMMMMMMM the maltiness is sticky and coats my gumbs with passion....,,
Shit im only scoring this just a 4 on reflection ? i was both wrong and right to be skeptical . (re8 Bottle 71045) Another bottle and this showcases age in more intensely acidic dimensions, very differing from the two previous bottles , yet here it is .. huge smokey cherry nose ..cherry that has replaced marshmellow over a fire . Vibrant on the palate ..tart fruit ,vinious ,kinda sticky and toffee like as an undercurant ..boozy fruit over cherry , raisins, apple ester , alcoholic sugars ..the finish is of a dry earthiness which is a shame , lacks the flare of the opening .
2004 is good fun , a 4.1 on reflection 3 bottles down . :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
[4084-20111101] 500mL bottle. Mild floral grains aroma, not much going on. Hazy, brown amber body with a quick creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel roast flavour has an odd toasted seeds and tea cola note. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(Vertical Tasting w/ DuctTape, jerc, others)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Bottle at Casparís Running Toilet Tasting. Pours clear, amber-red with a soft, white head. Nice, aged caramel nose, very slight oxidation present, dark malts, mild leather. Great flavor, lots of toasty sugar. A bit more of a ballsy flavor than the 2005. Nice rich fruits, light licorice, cake. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, notes of candied fruits, faint spice, mild alcohol, light toffee. Very solid. (4.2)

Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London Holiday Tasting - thanks to Tom! Pours cloudy copper. Nice aged malts, ripe fruits, bread, dates, figs. Light warmth throughout. Tasty. Good shape. (3.9)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
500ml bottle from a trade. shared with jsprime. brown with a tan head. nice age english strong ale aroma. wonderful port nose and flavour. this one has aged aged like a champ. this makes me wonder how all the other vintages are doing in my cellar. i can only hope they will be this good. good bottle or good year? highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7875) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2011
50 cl bottle #12216. Rated on 27.11.2010
Rather light aroma feels belgian and has something in common with Stille Nacht. It has raisins and toffee and hints of something old. Sweet flavour has toffee. A bit past its prime I guess, but very good still!

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