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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 361   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1278) - TAIWAN - SEP 17, 2005
reddish amber w/ off white head. aroma of malt and alcohol, flavor dominated by alcohol. lacking the complexity one would expect from a ívintage aleí.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2005
Red brown colour with a big off-white head. Caramel malty aroma and a sweet dry malty dark fruits, light hoppy taste. Medium body and a sweet hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2576) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle from my large stash at home. A mahogany coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Boozy, caramel, ripe fruit aroma. Tastes fruity, spice, orange, boozy but also quite sour. Not their best Vintage in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (5395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle #15958, sampled in December 2013. A slightly hazy reddish amber pour with a ring of white head; vinous aroma; buttery mouthfeel, with raisins, plums and caramel tastes; and a dry, rather thin, toffee finish, that instills a gentle warmth. Smooth and soft from the aging, but otherwise little different than a more recent vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (4231) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 0.75l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Bottle bro 37841. Colour is ruby red with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, sweetness and malts. Pretty special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5435) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
How: Bottle, vertical with 2014 version.
Where: Tasting at omhper.
Appearance: Clear brown colour with no head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, raisin, cellar, caramel.
Body: Medium body, flat carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, raising, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Beautiful orange dark apricot color, decent off-white head, fading completely. Soft malty aroma with citric fruit notes, apricot and oranges dominating. Faint dryness is supported by sawdust and almond skin tones. Strong fruitiness on the palate, lightly tart, lightly earthy and lightly vegetal. Well, this was disappointing, citric and without depth all the while possessing an unexciting light carbonation over a thin-medium body, Raw and grainy.. atypical for fullers. Will retry because it doesnít feel like what a fullers vintage ale is supposed to taste..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Pours a hazy amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of golding hops. Flavor of golding hops, citrus, thereís an unpleasant citric flavor and some sweetness. Sticky texture, soft carbonation. This is definitely a let down.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Bottle sampled at cellar temperature, July 2007.

Pours copper-orange with a nice white head. The aroma is fruitcake and especially prunes, maybe a bit of sherry, very dried-fruit heavy. Strong caramel malt flavors, again some fruit and maybe a whisper of smoke, turning to relatively assertive (for a 3-year-old English Strong Ale) soapy/metallic hops in the finish. Abundant alcohol both in the flavor and in the warmth from the mouthfeel -- this one feels a lot stronger than its 8.5%.

While it has its virtues, Iím not too fond of this one. In the end, itís too much like cheap sweet sherry-wood whisky. A disappointment.

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