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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: 354   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Maybe the LCBO has seen the light by releasing something like this. Dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel with a strong fruitiness. The flavour is like sticky malts with caramel and and hints of orange. Great beer, could stand to be a little thicker in mouthfeel. Iíll have to buy another for aging purposes.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Cloudy burnt orange pour. Full head. Nice lacing. Good carbonation. Apricots, toffee, apples smells. Full body, soft carbonation on tongue. Hints of apricots, sherry, marmelade. Clean fruity finish. This beer is very unique among English ales. The maltiness harkens to Scottish ales or even Belgian strong ales, but the fruity flavors seem unique among English ales. Great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
I had a 2004 vintage # 75579 The presentation is fantastic in this beautiful collectors box and inside is a unique 18.6 oz brown pint bottle. It looked very light while pouring, but it sits in the glass at a coppery transparent color. Huge head! I got like four fingers of head in my oversized Victory pint glass. Significant lacing. It has a great smell of gentle port. Hint of sweet fruit like a tangerine, then grapes. As it warmed the smell got to a darker fruit like raisins or figs. It makes me think of wine. (?) The taste is fantastic but pretty straight foreword. Extremely malty flavor with hints of dark fruit, and gentle on the taste buds. It is so soft on the taste bud I canít imagine anyone saying it tastes bad; even if it is not there preference. The mouthfeel is amazing (so much so I consider it a highlight of this beer). If I had not poured it myself Iíd have thought it was on-cask. It is the creamiest feel. This is full bodied but light and frothy. One of the most gentle creamy mouthfeels I have ever experienced. Each sip you just want to last forever; it just feels right! It is fantastically drinkable. Itís so pleasant in the mouth that I would anticipate the next the next sip; yet it is a beer that canít be rushed. It is too pleasant to rush through. In other words it is worth the money. Someone complained it was $6 a bottle. I only wish I lived in that state. In PA its $9 a bottle and WELL worth the money. --- EDIT: In fact I went back and bought three more to age for another year. --- Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
I put 8 of these away back in 2004 and this is the first one Iíve had. Why did I wait so long. This is an incredible beer. Heavy malt, toasted, nutty, light yeast, dough tawny port, nutmeg aromas. Nice frothy head. Mostly clear, but a littel opaque, reddish-brown color. Lots of dark fruit in the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle № 72548. From the 500 ml bottle, this ale rests in a pint glass with a slightly cloudy, lush amber body. There is a large, enduring tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is a rich mťlange of caramel malt, zesty ripe fruit and floral hops. There also is a discernable alcohol scent. Palate entry is boldly sweet, with the expected caramel and raisin-like fruit notes in the mid-palate. But, I also detect hints of vanilla, anise or licorice. The finish is long-lasting and well-hopped. A perfect complement and balance to the front end of this strong ale. I agree with the other reviewers that this beer likely would be slightly improved with some cellaring to tame the alcohol tang. Nonetheless, this is an excellent tasting experience.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Hazy amber-yellow pour with brief white head has a nose of tart apple, grass, dough, and cinammon. Palate is smooth, heavy, with medium carbonation. Flavor is whiskey heavy with a dry, astringent character. However, this assessment hardly does it justice as it is a revolving door of rich flavors from sweet fruits and nuts to bitter citrus. Vinous and rich, this is an achievement on many levels.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle number 60735--one pint. Pours a cloudy ruby amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hoppy, fruity aroma with notes of wheat and orange...maybe grapefruit as well. Sharp, full flavor of citrus and hops. Finishes with a hoppy punch. Leaves the palate craving a bit more, however. Overall, not bad, not bad.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
An English Ale in name this might be, but tastewise this is like sipping the most silky-smooth of dark Belgians -- with its outstanding creaminess, rock-steady head and fabulous mouthfeel, this matches some of the best from that land of moules frittes. Thereís a very definite supreme quality feel about this lovely brew, with an overall wow-appeal that beggars description. And, mind you, this is not even a cellared version, imbibing this godly liquid as early as January 2005. Very reminiscent of Malheur 12, but this strikes me as even more luxurious. Worth the high asking price in Denmark (Ä7,25).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
Delicious! It looks and tastes like caramel, with a sweet fruit scent. Went down extremely easily, and at 8.5%, it doesnít take too many to make a dozen. But itís good enough for me to get 24 bottles, some for this Christmas, and some for subsequent ones. Iíd imagine itíll be even more amazing in two or three yearsí time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Truly an EXCELLENT strong ale from fullers. I am lucky that my local liquor store has plenty of the 2004ís left, so I am sampling 2 year old brews. Pours a cloudy orangish-brown hue. Not very much head or lacing. Flavor is great, definitely has that English character to it. A bit fruity with apple being the most dominant. Figs, toffee all come through as well. Alchohol is a little more present then I like, but not too distracting. Excellent.


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