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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle no 45655. Light tan head on top of a deep copper colored beer. The malty aroma leads to a fullbodied - almost sirupy -, malty palate with alcohol and hops. The finish is long and bitter with hints of licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Huge Brownish white head. Amber color. Smells of cherries with a hint of whisky. Nose goes malty sweet to bitter in mid palate and burns at the end of the palate with a slight bitter and dry finish. Nice complicated palate very signature. The bitterness is hard to place.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. Clear dark copper with a thin beige head. Nose: raisons, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Taste: alcohol, vanilla, hazelnuts, toffee and did I mention ?, alcohol. Might be a nice beer in a few years but itís too young and raw right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004 Pint bottle 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 20, 2005
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2007
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.

   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.

   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!

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