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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 353   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2006
No. 72725. Thin, though capuccino-ish creamy head on top of a pretty vinous amber. Extremely complex nose including caramel, dates, eiswein, and brandied prunes as well as just the slightest suggestion of orange peel and clove. Flavour is soft and raisiny, dark brown sugar (although the sweetness is very subtle and well balanced), touch of banana bread and cabernet franc. An absolutely fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
Bottle 38634 I thought this was excellent, although Iím not as experienced as most here. It poured a lovely copper colour with an inviting head. Aroma was of rich spices, maybe a little citrus. First taste was great, with a goodly amount of bitterness, but still balanced with sweet notes. I will definitely get a few more bottles and let them age (at $5.50 a bottle, why not!?).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
This beer, very much superior to the 1845, is delicious. Less harsh and far richer. Smooth and soothing. Comforting to the jaded palate. It should give you a lift.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
This was quite a good beer. Lots of complex caramel sweetness and some dark fruits i.e. figs and raisins. I tasted even a slight dark plum from this beer. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Bottle # 81512. Pours a deep amber with orange highlights along the outer edges. Slow pour, very small but near creamy off white head, leaving just a ring that clings to the glass. Aromas of a nice red wine combined with an aged whiskey, booze, apple cider, minimal hops, and a hint of caramel malts. First sip releases a ton of whiskey and bready malts. Very quick finish leaving almost nothing behind. Very little hop presence, with some apples, pears and scotch on following sips. Malts come through with some sweetness - caramel and toffee. Very well balanced with a fantastic mouthfeel. Medium bodied and bold in flavor. As I finish my first glass, my stomach is nice and warm, apple cider and scotch on my breath, this will not be the last time I have a Fullers Vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2006
1 pint, 0.9 fl oz; bottle 67074. Has a copper color with a small foamy tan head and some to no lacing. Aroma is cherry with an apple touch and maple sweet flavor. Alcohol is a bit strong with a heavy bitterness, dry and moderate sweetness, caramel and maple malt, with many different fruits that creates a wonderful flavor. Dry palate that bites just a bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle # 86280 beautiful amber color and cream colored froth. Initial overtone of nutmeg with light bitter aftertaste. Iíve had older bottles of Fullers that are slightly less crisp. This almost tingled in my mouth. Roasted or Smoked Malts. All work well together. I suspect with age it will improve fruit and nut overtones.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Tasted this last night. Decent off white head dissipated quickly. Nose was slightly muted, but still exhibited a bit of candied fruit qualitites. Taste was raisins and sherry-like sweetness, although what would you expect from a three and a half year old beer? A little on the sweet side for my personal taste, but definitely a cool tasting experience. I have another bottle of 04 and am dying to taste it next to an 07, or even the 08 when it is released.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
Appearance:Brow, hazy. Disappearing head. Nose: Swwt, dark toffee. Winy, slight vinegar. Balsamico? Oloroso Sherry. Mouthfeel: Soft, round, already quite light. Flavor: Spanish mazapan, cognac, Sherry. Aftertaste is mellow and pleasant. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2005
My fourth Fullerís vintage ale (after 1998, 2002, 2003) and the one that impressed me the least. Fairly clear, dark amber appearance although all the yeast in the bottle was poured. Creamy, off-white and rapidly dissipating head. Quit weak fruity, sweet aroma, caramel, raisins and some hops in the flavor. The body was surprisingly thin and disappointing compared to other vintages. All in all, a sophisticated but kind of dull brew. As you can see, this was my first rating on ratebeer. Glad to be here. Cheers everybody from Finland!

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