Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had a 2004 vintage # 75579 The presentation is fantastic in this beautiful collectors box and inside is a unique 18.6 oz brown pint bottle. It looked very light while pouring, but it sits in the glass at a coppery transparent color. Huge head! I got like four fingers of head in my oversized Victory pint glass. Significant lacing. It has a great smell of gentle port. Hint of sweet fruit like a tangerine, then grapes. As it warmed the smell got to a darker fruit like raisins or figs. It makes me think of wine. (?) The taste is fantastic but pretty straight foreword. Extremely malty flavor with hints of dark fruit, and gentle on the taste buds. It is so soft on the taste bud I canít imagine anyone saying it tastes bad; even if it is not there preference. The mouthfeel is amazing (so much so I consider it a highlight of this beer). If I had not poured it myself Iíd have thought it was on-cask. It is the creamiest feel. This is full bodied but light and frothy. One of the most gentle creamy mouthfeels I have ever experienced. Each sip you just want to last forever; it just feels right! It is fantastically drinkable. Itís so pleasant in the mouth that I would anticipate the next the next sip; yet it is a beer that canít be rushed. It is too pleasant to rush through. In other words it is worth the money. Someone complained it was $6 a bottle. I only wish I lived in that state. In PA its $9 a bottle and WELL worth the money.
In fact I went back and bought three more to age for another year.
Hope this is helpful.
Holmen2 (52) - NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Beer3000 (3727) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle sampled January 2012. Clear amber body with a moderate sized off-white head. Light aroma of caramel malt, fruit and hint of oxidation. Flavor is smooth malty, caramel, dry fruit and moderate bitter. Nice body and OK aftertaste. Nothing really complex, but smooth and well made. Seems to have survived the years in the cellar.
SilkTork (4898) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, WALES - FEB 16, 2013
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chris Oís Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Sugary. So sweet. Sugar water. These Fullerís Vintage Ales are not great beers. Theyíre OK, but they are what they are - beers made from malt and hops. The aging isnít doing much for them, and thereís not a huge difference from year to year, other than randomness from handling and storage. This one has become quite sweet.
gnoff (6320) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the ekstedt vintage tasting on December 28, 2012. Thanks ekstedt for all bottles and vintages! Sampled 2012 vs 2010 vs 2008 vs 2006 vs 2004.
Hazy dark copper color, tan head. Sweet and dirt cellar scent. Sweet, dirt cellar taste, sugary. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, cellar aftertaste.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting, thanks Tom - 21/12/12.
Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head that soon dissipates to the edge of the vessel.
Nose is dark fruits, figs, dates, dark sugars, musty notes.
Taste comprises dark fruit, sugars, almond, figs, hint of pine, nuttyness, dose of boose.
Full end of medium bodied with soft fine carbonation lending towards a sweet boozey finish.
Good complex flavours meld together well to give a decent vintage, now some 9 years old.
Fin (6180) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
kelough8 (1) - Culver City, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine copper/amber colored pour, slightly cloudy with a nose of dark fruits and vannila.
_angst_ (1745) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample during tasting @ ÷lrepubliken. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with old sweet dark bread, cereal, alcohol, cardboard, mushrooms, moist soil, orange zest and lemon zest. Taste is sweet and malty with caramel, vanilla fudge, alcohol, grass, wood, lemon zest and moist soil. Mouthfeel is round, tiny watery, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and tiny bitter with caramel, raisins, wood, grass, cereal and toffee. Nah...
yngwie (10761) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 50cl. Bottle # 62497. A clear, copper colored beer topped by a small, beige head. Oxidation, some alcohol and a touch of honey on the nose. Dried fruits and sherry also chimes in. The flavor has caramel and some camphor, as well as dried fruits and hints of honey. Itís lightly warming on the palate, full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Lasting finish with caramel and dried fruits. A quite tasteful one, next to easy drinkable. 120106
The Etruscan (438) - Tuscany, ITALY - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
White weak head. Brown cloudy colour. Aroma is malty, fruity (raisins, chestnut) with light wooden and candy notes, slightly vinous. Flavor is malty too with fruity (prunes, raisins and dried fruits) tones, ending in a slightly fruity and wooden finish. Full bodied.