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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: 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6007) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1879) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13144) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
espenra (856) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (1454) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1059) - 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (623) - 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!

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   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.

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   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2905) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle (#48490 if anyone is counting). Slight biscuity malt aroma, with lots of alcohol. Orange pour. Mouthfeel is maybe just a tad thin, but otherwise, smooth. Taste is initial liquor like - almost like a nice brandy. Strong english malt taste, good hops in there as well. As the beer warms, much more complex flavours do emerge - more caramel, an edgier bitterness - and that alcohol that was subtle goes way up. This beer really changes as it warms. I will be interested to try this again next year, but as is, it is good now.


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