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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (10781) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle # 2177. Slightly hazy amber with a firm and lasting off-white head. Aroma has rich malt and marmalade with aged notes of sherry, port and prunes. Dry and malty with crisp biscuit flavour, balanced by quite some bitterness and a vineous note. I was afraid if I had stored it well enough, but that was certainly not an issue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10610) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
shared by ungstrup, thanks a lot. cloudy brown, smooth light brown head. old hops, malts, dry aroma. flavor is malty, dry, sweet malty, faint oxidized hops. slightly flowery sweet .

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10361) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle No. 80804. Beautiful reddish amber color with a very impressive white head. Bits and pieces of lacing all over the glass. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Starts lightly roasted in a vinous sort of way. Heat is noticeable, but itís warming and doesnít interfere with the flavors of fruit, especially berry. In fact, though it took a while to hit me, thereís cherry in here. Quite smooth. A bit like a well aged sherry. The finish is woody, dry, malty (still dry) and bitter enough. Dang, but it is a good thing to have.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
[Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Hazy deep amber with medium off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with notes of caramel and ripe fruits and toasted malt. Sweet and rather vinious flavor with notes of plums, prunes, caramel, toasted malt and madeira. Warming alcohol in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2008
Botella #44 514. Pours a nice cloudy amber colour. Short beige creamish head. Sweet caramellic and malty aroma with ripe fruits. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet with well toasted malt, ripe fruits, a little touch of vanilla, alcohol and a nice mild bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10103) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Heavy malty light hoppy aroma with strong honey notes. Moderate sweet/bitter flavor. Long finish, not as powerfull licorice notes as hoped. Creamy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Bottle #65118. Dark amber color with medium white head. Good aroma of malt and citrus. Medium body with smooth creamy texture. Full good flavor with a small alcohol bite at the finish. I look forward to 2005 version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (9948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, cherry, alcohol, sugar, licorice. Flavour is alcohol, hop, malt, sugar, cherry, licorice. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9878) - 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)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9835) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2004
Dark amber color, small but lasting head. Fairly complex aroma: hezalnuts, hops. Full bodied, buttery and oily. Warming alcohol. A firm hopbitter flavor, walnuts. Just a touch of wood. I canít taste any fruit. There is some sharpness that will probably ease down over the years. Oaky bitter afteratste. Good quality beer that needs some cellaring.


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