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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: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2032) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours a medium amber, slightly hazy. Big, complex, still quite youthful nose, malt, chocolate, nuts. Full bodied, off-dry. Rich, complex, malty taste, chocolate, almonds, marzipan. Dry, bitter finish. (2010-10-20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks a bundle, Dan! Number 91051. Pours a clear amber color with almost no head. Resembles a barley wine in aroma- lots of toffee, raisins, brown sugar, and rich caramel malt notes. Flavor of toffee, raisins, grapes, apples, oak, and caramel malts- just a little bit tart and sour, which probably wasn’t intentional but worked well for me. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet but thin mouthfeel. I’d be interested to try more of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
This was quite a good beer. Lots of complex caramel sweetness and some dark fruits i.e. figs and raisins. I tasted even a slight dark plum from this beer. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2004 bottle No 84518 - sampled on 12/31/2010 in a tulip glass. Pours a fairly cloudy deep amber color with tiny tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma is very oaky, with loads of raisens, dates, honey, deep caramel. Flavor is fairly oaky with caramel, orange peel, hint of chocolate. Finish is balanced, with a bit of metallic bitterness. Palate is a bit watery. This is good overall, not my favorite of the series but still good. Maybe a bit past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick tan head that faded quickly. Nicely carbonated related to the age, with a big aroma of obvious caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Winey flavor with slight oxidation, some cherry and more of the toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle No. 84994. Poured murky reddish brown with a medium sized beige head. Bready malty aroma with notes of alcohol and dark fruits and maybe a touch of honey. Mild carbonation. Mild cardboard (thanks Ernest!). Dark fruit notes, a bit of cherries and a bit of brown sugar round out the flavor. First taste was a tad harsh from alcohol but it mellowed out before I finished it. Good beer for 7 years old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
Appearance:Brow, hazy. Disappearing head. Nose: Swwt, dark toffee. Winy, slight vinegar. Balsamico? Oloroso Sherry. Mouthfeel: Soft, round, already quite light. Flavor: Spanish mazapan, cognac, Sherry. Aftertaste is mellow and pleasant. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
Deep mahogany coloured body to a shiny surface. Smell of dried fruits and bready malts. Malt-covered raisin, apricot and prunes in flavour along with hints of spices. Dry hopped bitter end. Full bodied, vinous and warming. Very pleasing, however, rather sweet in the long run. Bottle 0,5l, vintage 2004, No. 22398, shared with Finn at White Horse, London 5 Oct 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finn (4003) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
Flaske 0,5l på White Horse, Parsons Green 5 Okt 10. Flaske nr. 22398 - påspandert av Rune henimot slutten på vår ukelange studietur til England. Dyp mahogny på farge. Lavt kremskum. Behagelig vinøs sherry-aroma. Plommer & svisker. Eikepreg. Fyldig smak: Plommer, rosiner & sherry. Eikepreg i avslutningen. Smakene er godt integrert. Uklar siste kvell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1097) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle #50322. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in an English pint glass. Pours clear red-amber with a tall, frothy tan head. The head has great retention and leaves a nice amount of fine lace on the glass. On the nose, there are aromas of cherry, brandy, caramel, vanilla, yeast and a hint of dust. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with complex, fruity notes leading to a long, sherry finish. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with an ultra-smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a beautiful strong, fruity ale with a complex malt character. It is strong, with warming notes of brandy and sherry, but also smooth and very mellow. I have been sitting on this bottle since release, wondering what might happen to it; it has matured beautifully. 2010-09-19

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