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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: 354   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 16/20
imdownthepub (10574) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (9000) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 26, 2010
Bottle #21825: Hazy, foxy-brown, lacy off-white head; solid sweet fruity aroma (dried fruits) with a robust "english" hoppy backbone and a tinge of marzipan; solid, very solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium to full bodied; increasing hoppiness in the fruity (some liquorice, too and a tinge of alcohol) and toasty finish. Lovely thirst quencher......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2010
(bottle, # 21825) Hazy, chestnut-brown colour with a beige and dense medium-sized foamy head. Sweet roast-malty aroma with notes of caramel, cacao, dried figs, liquorice and a tinge of resiny and slightly woody hops. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a very smoth carbonation. Toasty and chocolatey malty taste with notes of dried fruits, caramel, liquorice and lighter hoppy spices; moderately sweet and toasty malty finish with subtle fruity and hoppy notes. The finish seems to be a bit shorter than that of the 2006 edition I had before. 24.III.10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAR 7, 2010
Brown with a light beige head. Nice fruity, spicy, light malt, molasses aroma. Has a dark fruit, light spice, some raisin, and a slight alcohol burn. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
An LCBO seasonal. The beer dispenses from the 500ml brown bottle a translucent deep amber to copper color with the head average in size, the texture semi-creamy and the color light tan with residual lacing. Nose is deep malt, sweet, hints of caramel, and oh yes “Alcohol” and the start delectable in its sweetness and the grain profile adequate, the top is middling in its feel. Finish scrumptious in its hop presence, moderately carbonated and a very dry long lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5618) - 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 (5834) - 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 (4940) - 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.

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