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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 362   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReV2 (170) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle no.88883, pours with a thin brownish head over a mahogany body. Aroma of caramel & syrup. Taste is burnt caramel, butterscotch, orange peel, dark fruit & sherry. Bitter hop finish. It has lost some of its viscosity over the last 10 years but itís standing up very well considering the not so perfect storage conditions it has endured.

   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).

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
At beer Exposed 2008. Great Vintage. Pours a amber copper with a small creamy head. Aroma: toffee, marmalade, caramel, rich fruit cake, dates. Flavour similar with peppery finsh and slightly oxidised vinous finish. Smooth and syrupy just the way i luv a good vintage. This one has held up well. Awesome!!!!!

   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.

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