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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 365   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3172) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle # 78199. Helluva beer. Had it stored just on a shelf in my kitchen & only chilled it a couple of days ago. Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, fine bubble, light tan head and good lace. Color is a cloudy, amber brown. Aroma is very malty, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor is like aroma and the alcohol really jumps out. Body is soft, full, creamy, smooth and round including the great carbonation. Finish is like flavor including alcohol. Reminds me of some sherries. Sipping beer. Be fun to try different vintages side by side. Excellent brew. Got this from good friend Ron Kittleson, formerly of La Crosse & now in Seattle. Thanks much, man.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle. Pour was deep copper with an aroma of vanilla, sweet malt, brown sugar, some prune, and a touch of oak. Once I was able to part my nose from the glass, I was able to taste much of the same aromas such as the vanilla, oak, and sweet malt. The balance in this brew was amazing and the age on it was real nice and distinctive. This was a real treat, and Iíd suggest it to anyone looking for a superb, complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k0mpsa (2500) - Tuusula, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from luvians, st andrews. Bottle says best before end 2007. Hazy dark brown color, nice beige head. Nice aroma of old wood, malty sweetness, sweet fruits, oak. Taste is balanced belgian-like sweetness, licorice, wood, oak, no signs of alcohol. Aged very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 Rating #800. Cask conditioned at the Twickenham Beer Festival. Aroma is fruity. Thick, malty, sweet & alcohol. Many flavours combine to make one very nice pint. [4.2] and then again..... Bottle conditioned. Young & brash, this has a load of malty sweetness up front, with some crude bitterness over the top of it. Alcohol overpowers. At this young age few other flavours are evident, except a load of caramel. Nice, but too young in this form. [3.8]. Original rating stands.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2006
#72154. What a georgeous beer! Clear red-brown body with a foamy white head leaving soapy lacing. Fruity aroma - cherry and wheat bread. While the aroma seems a bit weak and dry the flavor really shines. Thereís a sweet milk chocolate malt througout the flavor with cherry and banana-esters up front leading to sweet caramel malt in the middle. The finish has a touch of green leaf and bread yeast and a hint of satisfying alcohol. Rich mouthfeel w/o a sticky feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2006
2004 Bottle from the Wine Guys in LaCrosse, WI. Pours muddy tea brown with off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, dates, roasted malts and earthy hops. Flavor masks the alcohol very well and compliments the aroma perfectly. A bit too-much of a honey-yeast presence in the flavor for my tastes, but a definite must-try!

   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 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 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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