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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: 363   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 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 (10703) - 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 (6091) - 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 (1225) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
espenra (975) - Kurland, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2010
50cl bottle. Number 27876. A gift from a very good friend. This bottle has been in my cellar for several years and it was time to drink it since it is best before 2007-12-31. It poured an orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of yeast, dark red fruits and some dust. Reminds me of a sherry or a port. The flavour is very smooth and well rounded. Notes of malts, dark red fruits, alcohol, syrup and hints of hops. Medium long aftertaste. I was very anxious to try this beer since the best before date was almost 3 years ago, but neither the aroma or the flavour has deteriorated. A really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle number 85320 consumed August 2010. Pours a transparent, muddy amber with a clumpy, white head. Smells of figs, raisins, rum, brown sugar, caramel, a little port, just a touch oxidized. Flavor is cinnamon cake icing, brown sugar, vanilla, cardamon, raisins, figs, candied orange zest, port, sherry, sweet sugary icing, cherry cough drops. Finish is full bodied and still a touch sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle number 77830 thanks to Kramer. Drank with six years of age on it. Pours a dark mahogany color that brightens up with light, a medium gray head. The aroma is fruity, dusty, yeast, port. A typically understated and great Fullers Vintage Ale flavor; robust fruit, very dusty and mellow, port and ancient wine remains. Quite drinkable, almost a slightly tart wood and cherry flavor. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle. Pour was deep copper with an aroma of vanilla, sweet malt, brown sugar, some prune, and a touch of oak. Once I was able to part my nose from the glass, I was able to taste much of the same aromas such as the vanilla, oak, and sweet malt. The balance in this brew was amazing and the age on it was real nice and distinctive. This was a real treat, and I’d suggest it to anyone looking for a superb, complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2892) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle # 78199. Helluva beer. Had it stored just on a shelf in my kitchen & only chilled it a couple of days ago. Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, fine bubble, light tan head and good lace. Color is a cloudy, amber brown. Aroma is very malty, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor is like aroma and the alcohol really jumps out. Body is soft, full, creamy, smooth and round including the great carbonation. Finish is like flavor including alcohol. Reminds me of some sherries. Sipping beer. Be fun to try different vintages side by side. Excellent brew. Got this from good friend Ron Kittleson, formerly of La Crosse & now in Seattle. Thanks much, man.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (12688) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle conditioned, No. 04824, 500ml from Sainsburys in Banbury. Brown to toffee colour with cream head. Rich fruity flavours with a port like smooth body, some dark caramel notes in a homogenous but heady mix. Sliky rich finish, very decent.

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