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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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

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RATINGS: 354   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10500) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2004
Dark amber color, small but lasting head. Fairly complex aroma: hezalnuts, hops. Full bodied, buttery and oily. Warming alcohol. A firm hopbitter flavor, walnuts. Just a touch of wood. I canít taste any fruit. There is some sharpness that will probably ease down over the years. Oaky bitter afteratste. Good quality beer that needs some cellaring.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10435) - SÝborg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
Bottled. Have decided to drink these vintage ales around their 3 years birthday, and it seems to be a good idea. Dark reddish brown coloured. Unclear. Dense brown head. Prunes, light alcohol, light caramel and some liqourice in the aroma. Flavour is Nutty, has prunes, apple, vanilla, light chocolate and some other ripe fruits. Very smooth and rich. Full bodied. Dry. Is fruity and light sweet with a touch of alcohol on the palate in the end. Very nice. Enjoyed on my patio watchin the sunset over Bangalore, which off course dosnít make the experience less delightful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
[Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Hazy deep amber with medium off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with notes of caramel and ripe fruits and toasted malt. Sweet and rather vinious flavor with notes of plums, prunes, caramel, toasted malt and madeira. Warming alcohol in the end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10294) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle 39152. Golden ale with reddish copper hues, and a thcik creamy off-white head. Good malty aroma with sweet sugar and scotch barrel notes. Light malt base with stricking alcohol warmth lingering pleasantly in mouth. Some pears detected. Good hops in finsih, with roasted nuts notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2008
Botella #44 514. Pours a nice cloudy amber colour. Short beige creamish head. Sweet caramellic and malty aroma with ripe fruits. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet with well toasted malt, ripe fruits, a little touch of vanilla, alcohol and a nice mild bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
500 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a small lasting light amber head. Aromas of raisins, figs, apples and molasses. Palate was fulll bodied and warming. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, some earthiness and toffee with a smooth warming lingering sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2006
1 pint, 0.9 fl oz; bottle 67074. Pours copper with a small foamy tan head and some lacing. Aroma is fruity port and hop (berries - cherry), caramel malt, maple and brown sugar with trace yeast. Alcohol, yeast, heavy bitterness, dry, heavy acidity, moderate sweetness, caramel and maple malt, almost a cherry cough syrup. Full bodied, dry and spicy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9729) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting, thanks Tom - 21/12/12. Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head that soon dissipates to the edge of the vessel. Nose is dark fruits, figs, dates, dark sugars, musty notes. Taste comprises dark fruit, sugars, almond, figs, hint of pine, nuttyness, dose of boose. Full end of medium bodied with soft fine carbonation lending towards a sweet boozey finish. Good complex flavours meld together well to give a decent vintage, now some 9 years old.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9717) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle no 01713, sampled 1/2006, thanks to fiulijn - clear reddish-amber colour with a fine little head; aroma of red fruits and bread, yeast; very robust malt body with a strong bitterness, long fruity and hoppy finish with a warming alcohol touch

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9510) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2009 (7:4:8:5:16=4.0)
Dry grainy aroma, really nutty. Soft carbonation. Very dry palate. Raisins in the taste accompany a rich malt with loads of dry nutty papers. Some plum too. Do add some of the sediment - it adds to the aroma and the taste - bumps up the fruitiness. The hoppiness is very bitter, and quite biting. The finish is dry and aged, and very very long. Great hoppy bite and great balance. And great raisins.
Rerate: 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2014 (7:4:8:4:15+=3.8)
Dusty aroma, slightly old. Sweet and simple nice barley wine, but seems diluted. Not peaking any more, perhaps. Toffee malts hook me the more I drink. Amazingly light palate. Still grand, but not as good as the 5-year-old.


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