Fuller's Vintage Ale 2000

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle Conditioned.
85,000 bottles of Vintage Ale were produced with an organic theme, using Champion Optic Malt and Organic Target Hops. A fresh hop aroma with notes of honey and toffee, leads to a slightly sweeter taste and burnt, bitter aftertaste.

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Jonte (1496) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle. From the brewery. Tasting at Ekstedt´s place. Amber/brown colour with a beige head. Aroma of wet wood, dust, earth, old potatoes, caramel, menthol. Malty and old flavor, earth/dust, cellar, caramel, wood, a bit vinous. Medium bitter. Low, but still existing carbonation. Still nice, but past it´s best before date. A bit too much dusty/earthy notes.

Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle, 2010-06-05, Göteborg, thx to Jonte (bought at brewery!) No 56601 AR: hobbits nest (dug-out), AP: amber clody F: vinous, sweetness, oak barrell, medium low bitterness

gnoff (11138) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Jonte!
On June 5, 2010
Cloudy brown color, white head. Scent is mouldy wood potatoe boxes in adamp cellar, some coca-cola as well. Lactic, vinous, sweet, caramel, mouldy wood taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness

pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle from bbb63... Pours much similar to 1999 but overall with a much nod to caramely malt and not as complex as the 1999... Flavorwise are much of the same without as much of layers in the malt profile. Again a little thin but to be expected.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2010
500ml shared by Fred. Thanks, Fred! Been a while since I’ve had a Fullers Vintage, and one whiff of the nose - a bit of sweet sherry, some toffee, and a lingering fruitiness - reminds of how well they pull off these complex, warming brews. Lovely amber color, deep fireplace vibe. Mouthfeel still has a bit of carbonation, surprising given its decade of existence. Slight oxidation in the taste, but overall very complex with a mellowed depth that is easy to admire and enjoy.

emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2010
Thanks Bob’s friend Fred for sharing. Pours a copper amber with a one finger tan head. Nose is earthy and papery, oxidation/age, sweet with some caramel, mild alcohol. Flavor is oxidized and papery, sweet, some sherry, caramel malt, English feel with some leafy hop character. Palate lacked carbonation.

theisti (4236) - Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2010
No 39171 - 1 pt 2.6 fl oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is a hazed ruby orange with an off white head that falls quick. Aroma is cardboard, along with a somewhat sharp earthiness - certainly oxidized. Taste is initially caramel malt sweetness, sherry, Madeira notes - turning quick to cardboard, then thinning and drying out with a dusty dirt earthy finish. Palate is medium, surprisingly active carbonation along with the aforementioned dried dusty finish. There was a nice beer here at one point I am sure, but this bottle is over the hill. Enjoyed trying it, thanks for sharing Eugene - I loved the story of how you got this one!

mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2010
1pt, 2.6 fl. oz. bottle, #39171, with thanks to Beastiefan2k. Pours a clear amber color with a minimal off-white head, no lacing. Aroma is port/brandy like, with some alcohol, definite notes of oxidation, overripe, if not alcohol soaked dark fruits, some caramel and some dustiness also from the age. Flavor is also oxidized, with some light cardboard, alcohol soaked dark fruits, caramel and more cobweb notes. Interesting, but unfortunately a bit over the hill at this point. Thanks for sharing Eugene!

thewolf (12932) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks Søren.
Had this after trying the 1997 and 1999. First one still good, but going downhill, second still wonderful.
Pours hazy orange with a nice, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is light flowery, some honey notes, caramel, softly vinious and even a hint of hops. Highish carbonation, small bubbles so nothing spritzy. Lovely velvety feel with some dryness. Flavour is sweet, malty, liqourice and quite dry and hoppy. Caramel, toffee and lightly warming in my cheeks. Nice.

OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle, kindly shared by KnutAlbert. Stable white head. Bright and shiny, reddish amber body. Aroma is beyond interesting; mouldy cellar, dusty old books and unwashed carpets. Also a scent of caramel and some cherry tones. Feels creamy in the mouth, with a soft and gentle carbonation. Taste is mild caramelly, has some leafy and minty tones, and an undelying vinous fruitiness. A pleasant alcohol warmth througout. Obviously a high level of oxidation in this one, yet a highly drinkable and exciting beer.

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