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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 50cl. Bottle # 62497. A clear, copper colored beer topped by a small, beige head. Oxidation, some alcohol and a touch of honey on the nose. Dried fruits and sherry also chimes in. The flavor has caramel and some camphor, as well as dried fruits and hints of honey. Itís lightly warming on the palate, full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Lasting finish with caramel and dried fruits. A quite tasteful one, next to easy drinkable. 120106

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14132) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at Beer Exposed. Enjoyed with Magic_Dave6. I enjoy all of the Fullers Vintage beers and I think to some extent they are under rated in the UK. Good toffee marmalade and hops. It was a lot better than the 2007 we drank it next to. Just so well balanced and the peppery hop vs the cake fruity malt was superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14104) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2008
55cl bottle. Trade with Bierkoning. Thanks. Having tasted 05,06,07 the expectations were high with this one .. Poured hazy deep amber/orange with a off white creamy head. Matured & sweet malty aroma - caramel, plum & quite vinous. Low carbonation. Very round, mild, soft, sweet & balanced mothhfeel & taste. Lots of dark fruits, caramel & a vinous/port feel. Oily & sticky palate. Pleasant warmth from alcohol. Ends slightly dry. Just a damm great vintage ale!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (13798) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle. Light brown colour, no head. Looks very flat. Semi-sweet, peppery. Could use more flavour. Not good enough for a beer with this high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13780) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrupís - thanks. Clear brown - white head. Nutty. Dryness. Nice malty. Wooden notes. Valnuts. Light dusty. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #1792
Nut brown color, decent brownish head, which collapses quickly. Lacks evident "vintage nose", which was in 2003 bottle sampled in the same session. Some vanilla, cream and oak in the aroma. Liquerish, fudge, oaky hops and alcohol. Seems that 2004 vintage still has "a fresh touch" in it compared to earlier vintages (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 sampled in the same session).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Shiny copper colour. Aroma is heavy caramel, toasty viennaish malts, a little mineral. The palate is richly caramelly, with lots of brown sugar...rich, syrupy. It has its moments I suppose but isnít really to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle, No. 67616) Pours an amber body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of lemon, orange, caramel, and bread. Malty base flavor with some toffee and raisins. Of coarse, this is a young bottle that could use some aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11863) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11638) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2005
(Bottle 91879) Very large beige head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, bready, some earthy, vanilla, light herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light raisin, toffee, minimal bitterness. Finishes with moderate alcohol. Watery medium-full body. Too much alcohol presence, and in my opinion, definitely a notch below earlier vintages I have tried (99-01).

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