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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2004

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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95,000 bottles were produced for 2004’s 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.

SilkTork's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Sugary. So sweet. Sugar water. These Fuller’s Vintage Ales are not great beers. They’re OK, but they are what they are - beers made from malt and hops. The aging isn’t doing much for them, and there’s not a huge difference from year to year, other than randomness from handling and storage. This one has become quite sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1209) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3339) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
bottle at home ...copper ... small white head ... soit sweet toffee black currant fruit nose ... soft juicy fruits .. soft toffee fruit nose ... soft dull fruits ... soft toffee .. massive black currant fruits .. juicy fruits .. soft fruits .. soft sweet fruits ... big berries .. light cardboard ... nice but its age is showing ... lightest red licorice .. light marmalde ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose soapy, sweet toffee, cherry, taste is sweet, thin, cherry, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2825) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 0.75l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Bottle bro 37841. Colour is ruby red with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, sweetness and malts. Pretty special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Appearance: Hazy ruby brown with cm thick ivory head. Aroma: Toffee, butterscotch, vinous, spiritous note, sherry, mint, liquorice, raisin, dried fig. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium/heavy body, low carbonation, dry, lingering, toffee, dried fruit, butterscotch, liquorice, spicy, sherry, spiritous finish with an alcohol warmth. Comments: Lovely. Bottle number 12317.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4681) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
2/II/14 - 75cl bottle @ Vintage Tasting, Brugs Bierfestival - bottle # 71196 (2014-159) Thanks to the person who contributed this bottle!

Clear amber to red beer, irregular off-white small head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, raisins, some mollasses, brown sugar, some toast. MF: soft carbon, medium body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet, caramel start, some mocha and bitter chocolate. Aftertaste: chocolate, little hoppy, dried fruits, orange peel, malty sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1374) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @joes. Copper/brown color. Smells sweet. Tastes sweet, sherry, thin, alcohol. Nice. Rate with a shot sherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4003) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ joes (mini vertical). Dark copper colour with no real head. Very little smell compared to the others. Tastes nuts, sherry, sweet. Body is very thin compared to the others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. Clear dark orange color, virtually no head. Aroma is quite sweet. Taste is also pretty sweet, pretty alcoholic, a bit liquor, possibly a hint of sherry. Might be too old. Interesting though.

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