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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: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


Phatz's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
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. --- EDIT: In fact I went back and bought three more to age for another year. --- Hope this is helpful. Cheers!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1585) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
500ml bottle. Bottle No 29761. Pours a murky chestnut brown colour with a white foam head leaving some lacing. Aroma of malt, fruitcake, sherry. Taste is malty, sweetish, with toffee, fruitcake, raisins, dark fruits, plum and some earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry earthy warm finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2382) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
330ml bottle tasting alongside a 2006 @ 12th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, April 15, courtesy of Mike. Boozy fruitcake nose with liquorice, plums and leathery CAMRA sandals on the palette. Found the í06 a little more drinkable tho.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (4844) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
Shared bottle (#43368) with a 2006 by itís side on 28th April 2015 at a Shrewsbury Bottle Swap Group Meeting (five of us). Not a lot of head on the brown body, but plenty of condition left in the beer. Fruity flavour and aroma, Victoria plums being the main fruit for me. Smooth, mellow and sweeter than the 2006 version. I really enjoy these Vintage bottles from Fullers, hope to try as many as possible (I have a couple aging).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4717) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20915) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2015
Bottled, thanks Boudicca! Vertical with 2014. Darker amber than 2014, small head. Dusted ripe fruit and caramel dominate the nose. Caramel and slight cardboard, mature ripe fruits. Some brown sugar and raisins, notes of hay. Low-medium bitterness. The hop character is all gone. Over the edge, Iím afraid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReV2 (162) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle no.88883, pours with a thin brownish head over a mahogany body. Aroma of caramel & syrup. Taste is burnt caramel, butterscotch, orange peel, dark fruit & sherry. Bitter hop finish. It has lost some of its viscosity over the last 10 years but itís standing up very well considering the not so perfect storage conditions it has endured.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. Poor head retention. Aroma of toffee, raisin, mild hops. The taste is toffee, earth, caramel, dark fruits. Medium bodied, low carbonation, some oxidation but held up very nicely for a decade old.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jd543 (418) - SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Murky red/brown, very thin, very quickly dissipating, off white head. Aroma of fruit, toffee, brandy, caramel malt. Sweet taste, light sour and light bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1674) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dirty but firmly clear light browny orange, swirl of light ringed head. Soft, dusty floral and softest marmalade. Vibrant, busy, juicy sweet throughout. Finishes vibrant, vanilla and linger of sherry kick. This had held up tremendously, much fruitier than many recent years.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (6033) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours amber with a thin white head. Aromas of almonds, sherry, burnt orange, marmalade. Taste is set, more marmalade. Texture is oily, full bodied. Sticky finish. Nice.


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