walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting to celebrate Quintanaís firstborn coming home from the hospital (thanks Sandy!). Beautiful deep amber with rocky white head. Big nose of apples, cherries, sherry, cider vinegar, caramel malt, raisins. Flavor is tart, vinegary, and fruity, over a nicely sweet toasty malt. Crisp and medium-full on the palate, with a tangy aftertaste of cider. A fair amount of heat from the alcohol, implying a much higher abv than 8.5%. Very nice. A perfect compliment to a perfect day.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From my backlog. Tasted side-by-side with a 2002 version. This was the weaker of the two by a large margin. Much less malt intensive in flavour, but did still have a nice noble hop aroma that was far more intense than the 2002. This showed itself as being a bit off-balanced and out of line. Some residual sweetness present with bits of toffee characteristic of the style. A bit of phenolic character going on and a bit off overall. Really an off-year for this offering.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004
Bottle 2004, bottle no 84729, sipped on 10/09
Medium pour in a brandy glass.
Poured orangey brown with a medium quickly diminishing off-white fizzy head with a ring of lacing.
Smelt of toffee, caramel apples, raisins, almost port like.
Taste was upfront light bitter sweet piney barley sugar with whiskey tones followed by a light maple syrup sweetness and moderate whiskey bitterness and light nutty bite on a moderate length finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied, velvety and creamy, lightly carbonated tiny bubbles that caress and tickle the tongue, heavy alcoholic feel and light astringency.
Overall, a beer that feels like drinking a very light whiskey. The flavors are wonderful and complex albeit maybe a bit nuanced and light at first, the palate is pampered, the aroma and appearance are straightforward and inviting. Time for a cigar!
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle # 90657. Pours clear copper-brown with a lasting, creamy light tan head and intricate lacing. Aroma is complex with dark, ripe fruit and rich malts. Subtle spice notes present as well. Strong malt flavor is accompanies by a vinous/dark fruit yeastiness (think trappist yeast) and spicy hops. Slightly sweet finish, but still very drinkable. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Very well-made beer!
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle compliments of jhanauer - he kinda owed me though because I gave it to him for Christmas.
Wow - unbelievable. Very complex flavors. Beautiful pour and off-white head that laced nicely. Sweet fruits, woody, definate presence of alcohol. A warming brew. Smooth, smooth, smooth.
I felt like I should have been wearing a smoking jacket and sitting in front of a fire place while drinking this delicious ale. My full rec. One of the finer brews Iíve tried.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
In fact I went back and bought three more to age for another year.
Hope this is helpful.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.