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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
( 500ml bottle No. 80135 thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours clear orange. Nose of alcohol, sweet bread, caramel and rum raisins. Taste is oxidized, earth, gingerbread and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. 2004 vintage. Pours light brown with a white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar and some slight tartness. Flavor is similar with caramel malt, raisins, brown sugar and some alcohol. Medium, very creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured amber with a white head that left lace. also had some legs when swirled. aroma was cherry, sherry, tart, and grape. flavor was the same, but had some minor oxidation. light body with high carbonation. thanks bill for the vintage ale!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4816) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
bottle #80135 thanks to ericandersnavy. amber with an off white head. nose is bread, malts, fruits and not much else. nice on the palate with a rather bitter flavor and a fruity, malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
Bouteille 500ml (2004 no 39456), courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur brune et voilée. Nez fruité (raisins, moyen de figues et de prunes, notes de dates, traces de poires), malté de toffee et de caramel butterscotch avec des notes rôties et terreuses, moyen d’alcool liquoreux, légèrement boisé (fût de chêne) et avec des notes de noix et des traces d’épices (poivre doux). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement bas et une texture légèrement liquoreuse. Goût fruité (raisins, moyen dates et de figues, léger de prunes rouges, présent toute la gorgée), légèrement boisé (fût de chêne) et avec des notes de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût malté de toffee bien sucré, moyen de butterscotch avec des notes rôties et terreuses, léger de biscuits ainsi que des traces de chocolat. Parralèlement, l’on retrouve un goût d’alcool liquoreux doux légèrement réchauffantes jusqu’en finale où l’on y retrouve également des notes d’épices (poivre doux), de houblon herbeux et de noix. Post-goût moyen-long, moyennement amer d’alcool avec des notes de rôti ainsi qu’un goût fruité (moût de raisins aux petites notes vineuses), léger de fût de chêne avec des notes de noix.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2009
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, golden colored pour with tart raisin aroma, flavors had some oxidation, sour raisin, malt, metallic, vinegar, bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3785) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Clear orange pour. A fair amount of apple juice tart. Taste is slightly tart with decent. This has lots of nice flavors and a finish that leaves it sweet/sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
4th August 2008. Bottle 94057. Very complex aged ale. Caramel dominates the start but there is also a nice sherry flavour. A little milk chocolate in the mid plus red fruit you would find in a decent vintage port. Sumptuous and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9271) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2009 (7:4:8:5:16=4.0)
Dry grainy aroma, really nutty. Soft carbonation. Very dry palate. Raisins in the taste accompany a rich malt with loads of dry nutty papers. Some plum too. Do add some of the sediment - it adds to the aroma and the taste - bumps up the fruitiness. The hoppiness is very bitter, and quite biting. The finish is dry and aged, and very very long. Great hoppy bite and great balance. And great raisins.
Rerate: 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2014 (7:4:8:4:15+=3.8)
Dusty aroma, slightly old. Sweet and simple nice barley wine, but seems diluted. Not peaking any more, perhaps. Toffee malts hook me the more I drink. Amazingly light palate. Still grand, but not as good as the 5-year-old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle # . Pours a clear but very dark orange red, light glow, with a medium frothy bubbly grayish tan head. Aroma is strong oxidized malt, fruit, toffee, some integrated alcohol, nuts and figs, hint of chocolate. Flavor is delicious and much fuller than the aroma, chocolate covered toffee, lightly buttery, dried dark fruits, hint of grass, warming alcohol, pecans, fantastically aged, mellowed wonderfully, nuts and cherry aftertaste. Surprisingly not cloying, medium sweet and rich with a fair amount of bitterness. Medium bodied, creamier full mouthful but doesn’t feel heavy at all, smooth, viscous without stickiness, still has the perfect amount of carbonation, spread-out med/large tingly bubbles. The oxidation is fantastic.

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