TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
MissDolle (20) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Dedollewaitor. 50 cl. bottle. Deep orange colour with a creamy little head. Aroma and taste: wood, dark fruits, matured, sweet, caramel and nearly vinious. Low carbonation. Mouthfeel was sticky and smooth. Good experience!
chubbyhubby (11) - ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong looking beer with a general strongly hopped aroma, the flavour is very thick tasting, malty with a lot of hops. Overall OK and quite complex.
kelough8 (1) - Culver City, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine copper/amber colored pour, slightly cloudy with a nose of dark fruits and vannila.