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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsonís Green. Vinous, a noble sourness makes this stand out. Warming, complex beer, it will probably develop further in the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle says best before end of 2007. About 3 years old. Poured into a snifter, the color is a murky brownish red. The head consists of swirly white lace. The aroma really knocked me back. Very rich sweet fruity malts with some potent but manageable alcohol. The flavor is starkly different. Infinitely smooth and luxurious. Fruity, caramel, candy, and a beautifully unique character. This is a really sexy, elegant ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at Beer Exposed. Enjoyed with Magic_Dave6. I enjoy all of the Fullers Vintage beers and I think to some extent they are under rated in the UK. Good toffee marmalade and hops. It was a lot better than the 2007 we drank it next to. Just so well balanced and the peppery hop vs the cake fruity malt was superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
espenra (996) - Kurland, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2010
50cl bottle. Number 27876. A gift from a very good friend. This bottle has been in my cellar for several years and it was time to drink it since it is best before 2007-12-31. It poured an orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of yeast, dark red fruits and some dust. Reminds me of a sherry or a port. The flavour is very smooth and well rounded. Notes of malts, dark red fruits, alcohol, syrup and hints of hops. Medium long aftertaste. I was very anxious to try this beer since the best before date was almost 3 years ago, but neither the aroma or the flavour has deteriorated. A really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (2617) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle 81746. Pours a slightly hazy mohagany with virtually no head. Smells like liquid carmel with maple syrup mixed in to sweeten it. Tastes as it smells but not as sweet as it smells. Really delicious...Iím glad my brother showed up to help my buddy and I finish the bottle though. Mild carbonation, medium body. Overall a real treat showing the benefit of aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2012
This one was fantastic. My memories or faint of the particulars, other than it being a rounded ale and with an interesting berry-like aroma. Mellow, yes, after 6 years, but still biting and warming. Ages well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (2914) - NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
Served freesing cold from bottle at Copenhagen beer festival. Wine-like aroma with some sourness and prunes. Good tasting and quite dry! A hint alcohol of alcohol in first aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too fizzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4829) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #7. No idea where I got this bottle but Iím fairly sure I got it new and thus had had it for 4-5 years when I sampled it, from a Maudite glass, on January 14, 2009. It poured a tawny, translucent copper-brick with a reasonably sizable, lasting bit of off-white head, nice lacing and there was a significant "pop" to bottle when opened; it had held up well. On the nose itís caramel, sweet-tart cherry juice, a bit of licorice and vanilla in a fine, well-balanced nose that in the end reminds one of sherry most of all...loads of that tarry licorice character on the tongue, some smoky/burnt notes, and a caramel-molasses sweetness that carries through to the strong, full-bodied finish, with the alcohol pretty muted, and still a quite vibrant overall mouthfeel and presence. Perhaps a bit too much of the burnt notes, but otherwise excellent and I felt at the time that this could hold up a few more years. Pity I donít believe I have any more Fullerís Vintage of any years at the moment, sigh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2004
Wonderful mahogany colour with a very thin head.Incredibly rich treacle toffee flavour,sweet & smokey palate.Extreamly good beer,I really enjoyed it!! Im going to lay one down to sample in a few years time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2004
Beautiful clear amber colour with a medium long lasting beige head. Lovely sweet caramel and dark fruit aroma. Light spice there too and a touch of yeast. Sweet start, a little cloying though. Fruity yet dry in the finish. Almost a touch of roast there! Medium-full smooth body. I quite liked this, moreso than the 2002 bottles Iíve had. Be interesting to taste a bottle in a year or two.

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