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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: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (15187) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15098) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrupís - thanks. Clear brown - white head. Nutty. Dryness. Nice malty. Wooden notes. Valnuts. Light dusty. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13983) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13848) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (13312) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (13021) - 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).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
500 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a small lasting light amber head. Aromas of raisins, figs, apples and molasses. Palate was fulll bodied and warming. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, some earthiness and toffee with a smooth warming lingering sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12930) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (12917) - 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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