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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 349   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (1756) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
(on bottle...hahaha)No. 34914. Just had to try it so early and it does really need some hardcore cellerering, no doubt. Has lots and lots of all those dry fruits, balsamico and pepper. Verystrong alcohol-chock in the mouth, this is too much for now. Long finish, witch includes liqurice and cardemomme. Those boxes are gonna look so good on the shelves.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2005
#67616. thanks goes to markus for allowing me to share this. at some point iíll buy you a pint or something similar. aroma is vinegary that hides a lot. there is a lint trap smell here that grabbed me. poured dark brown with a red hue and a white head. taste raisin and yeasty with a fresh hop finish. i look forward to trying this agin in a few years,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle conditioned? Never seen one this sparklingly clear. Sparkling amber,small beige head.Sweet carmel malt nose.Full bodied carmelly butterscotch flavor. Not too shabby.Alcohol is more pronounced as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7251) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Stopped regular rating 22nd Oct 2012 so this is one of one of my occasional ratings, had this for the Online Mass Rating for Fullers Vintage on 11th December 2012 Bottle No: 05555 The colour is mucky puddle brown with a filmy cobwebby sparse very light brown head. Aroma is raisins, bit of dusty old sideboard and a bit of port coming through. Soft in the mouth, even after all these years the alcohol is still quite forward with this, it is malty and fruity with those raisins and other dried fruits showing predominantly. I guess that it would have been quite harsh when young. Very warming and strong, and whilst I quite like this I still find this a little unbalanced and even a bit harsh, quite a lingering steady bitterness its fine but not as good as some vintages. Came back to this and it was better for standing a little while, though I was still a little underwhelmed, really quite flat, possibly past its best or just a dud bottle. A6 A2 T7 P3 Ov13 3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2005
(Bottle 91879) Very large beige head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, bready, some earthy, vanilla, light herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light raisin, toffee, minimal bitterness. Finishes with moderate alcohol. Watery medium-full body. Too much alcohol presence, and in my opinion, definitely a notch below earlier vintages I have tried (99-01).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2007
Bottle: Poured a deep brown/burgundy color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of dry malt with some light bitter hops is intriguing. Taste is dominated by sweet malt but I thought that the plums/dry figs characteristics that I so dearly love in the previous version of the vintage ale were not as accentuated as they were. The hops provided a dry finish which I thought clash with the sweet side of the malt. I guess I was expecting a bit less hops then Ė I think I will age my second bottle some more to see if I can get rid of some of those hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwyerpg (4440) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Amazing woody fruity aroma at the start that dissipates over time into something more like the beer. A full creamy head. This is way different than any of the others and it seems a bit off. Just doesnít sit well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
lots of similarities to the 2000, but obviously fresher all around. hops alot more noticable, malts took a back seat for this trip. Alcohol was a bit more potent and had hints of caramel floating around. Definitly a brew to let sit around your cellar before consumption though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2007
brownish copper pour w/ a tall off white head some lace. Well blended aroma the ottor, some carmel, alcohols, touch of bread & yeast, an odd earthy hop. Full rich palate. Some definate oxidation and infection present in the flavor. On top of what otherwise might have been a good beer.

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