herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Bottle#38344.Aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. A little caramel in there also.First sip brings a huge creamy mouthfeel. Malt is dominant with just enough hops to balance. Sweet aftertaste.Alcohol is very evident for an 8.5 abv. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Bottle #37603: On the pour a cloudy orange-amber color, the head is beige and moderate in size and texture, the lace is quite decent sheets that cling to the glass to the very end. Nose is Malt, plummish, earthy, hints of Alcohol. Yo Baby Yo Baby I’m going to like this one and I haven’t even touch it to my lips! Front is somewhat sweet, the top is medium, the finish is Acidic, dry, nice hop spicy bite, and a bit alcohol bitter, and I can also feel the ’Tummy Warming’. I guess I need to borrow the 5 ton low-boy, and go pick up a dozen or so pallets of Vintage Fuller’s Ranks #134 on my current 1000 beer master list. jazz88 (2681) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Bottle #13013 sampled on 7/27/02. Another blow your mind Fuller's Vintage Ale. A creamy beige head quickly diminishing on an amber body. The aroma is woody, malty, herbal, raisin fruity, and with notes of alcohol. Creamy smooth and bursts with flavor in the back of the mouth. The fruity flavors come through with pear and peaches. As it warms it transmutates into a stronger more intense beer with a warming alcohol presence. Bottle @ Toronado on 11/28/03. Reddish brown color with a tan head. Sweet malty caramel flavors. Smooth as ever with a slick oily palate. A subtle chocolate and toffee mix. Warming. Beautiful. bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
No. 37661: Beautiful deep honey amber color -hazy. Pours with large head, loosly carbonated, dissipates quickly. Medium strength nose of sweet malt, very light hop notes - also a bit metalic. Unique flavor - overall flavors dominated by bitter hops, to a lesser degree some muted/musty malt notes ... followed by a bit of metalic notes. The appreciation is realizing this is a 4-year old beer and thus an education to one’s sensory knowledge. Not at incredible beer by any means - but important nonetheless due to its age. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2002
No: 31867. Heavy malt, dark fruity aroma. Not as thick on the palate as I expected but maintains drinkability alongside its smooth texture. Malts from start to finish, port-like flavors, yeasty with some dryness. Maraschino cherries add extra sweetness with a lingering jammy aftertatse while a considerable alcohol warmth wraps things up.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2002
(No. 17512, sampled 5/30/02) Very nice sweet maltiness, minimal hops compared to American barleywines. While this is a very fine ale, it doesn’t live up to its price. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Thick and rich mouthfeel. Multilayered malt flavors with sweetish finish, but not cloying. There is a little bit of chalk in the finish. A very well made beer. turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2002
Sweet, malty aroma, deep amber color with a well balanced bitterness and alcohol content. Based on the many beers I have had in this class, I would have to guess the alcohol content to be about 9.5 to 10% by volume. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2001
Garnet color; Head that stays very rocky and clings frantically to the glass; deep, sweet malt aroma. All the hops are gone from this beer after three years in the cellar. No subtlty at all, just unadulterated malt sweetness in your face. Almost like drinking chocolate milk. Warming in the tummy and definitely worth the wait. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2001
Clear, deep amber.Decent head and lace. Sweet scottish like malt toasty nose. Full bodied,thick,syrupy and sweet mouthfeel, toffee and caramel palate, maybe a biscuity/toasty character as well...damn tasty and smooth. Alcohol hits and then warms the stomach. Disgustingly drinkable, wish i knew the alcohol content. I havent had it in awhile, but this reminds me of Anchor Foghorn. Fruity tones are more evident as the beer warms a bit and the beer clouds up after you get all the goodies from the bottom..strong and satisfying.