BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Bottle 41893. My first Vintage Fullers. Has a strong, deep red color with not much of a head to speak of, yet with great Gothic lacing. Aroma is of Kings Men Cologne mixed with Raisinets. Nothing beats the carbonation of a bottle-fermented product, and this is true here as well. Very well balanced mouthfeel overall. The flavor is intriguing. It’s like a barleywine as stated in other reviews but with much more complexity, including a strong yet pleasant tinge of 1800's bitters! Yet unfortunately the hops element - which generally masks the alcohol presence in upper-end bottle-fermented brews - is utterly lacking in Fullers 2000, so I have to cut the Flavor and Overall ratings several points. Fix this problem Fullers, and we have a monumental brew up around 4.5 or 4.7! In the meantime, what most impresses me about this ale is an aftertaste quite reminiscent of items I have drunk from the 1800’s, presenting familiar elements of vanilla and, what else, Toneco Stomach Bitters. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Sampled this a couple of months ago while playing poker with mwsf (thanks Matt!). I’ve been looking forward to sampling some of the older vintages and this one was impressive. Very smooth taste with lots of caramel and a little smidgen of bubblegum. Creamy with vanilla undertones. Now I just need to get my hands on some 1999 vintage... Maersk (361) - MOLDOVA - MAR 6, 2016
No head. Brown color. Very hazy. Light quince aroma. Sweet candy and perfume in the taste. Caramel and creme brûlée. A bit rough and bitter finish with some biscuits in the end. Very good balance Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004 Crisp, sweet taste, and the alcohol in the finish, This is a quality beer.Looks great in the glass with its glowing Amber color,fills the nose with a wonderful smell,I will be getting more of this, and only hope to be able to cellar some of it.Bottle #32627.... Run, don't walk and get some of this !2nd Rating Christmas Eve-Eve (2002) Bottle #35238 I see my buddy marinaro500 might have had bad luck with a 99 bottle, are they going bad ? This 2000 bottle says drink before end of 2003.Its a Barley Wine, and a damn good one, complex,strong and full of numerous flavours. funny look how close my bottle # is to FlemishChar only 300or so bottles off and many miles apart.deeply complex and a superb belly warmer,bottle was asleep in my cellar for over 6 months. sweet, full of orange,malt, a unique spice, truly a Winner, glad I have 3 bottles left, just wondering what their peak is, Spring,Fall , or Winter of 2003, Highly Recommended ! Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Very, very good in all aspects. Nose is like a barley wine. Has the apricot and caramel that I love. Appearence is a beautiful rich amber with a little foam on top. Taste is like a less intense version of a barley wine. I was thinking this was about 6.5% ABV until I saw what it really was (8.5%). This takes the barley wine notes a little further by including flavors of a fine whiskey and a bit of cinnimon. I paid too much for this I think ($9), but it was worth it.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
My first experience with an english strong ale, so maybe I don't know the style well enough to be overly critical, but this baby is hard to drink. Why you ask, the alcohol is just too overbearing. The aroma is malty caramel and mellow hops with a hint of acrid bitter tones. The flavor starts smooth and sweet but leaves the mouth rather dry and somewhat violated. Appearance is burgandy with chestnut highlights. The flavor is very whisky-like as is the bottle and the box it comes in. Overall, too strong. It challenge the claim of 8.5% alcohol. This beer needs a "proof" listing on the bottle. Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2002
A wonderfully balanced strong ale, starting to take on a nice brandy like aged character...superb malt backbone, all most lager-like in it's cleanliness, but with a definite ale fruitiness and complexity. Would love to do a vertical tasting someday with all the vintages...Hope it doesn't meet the same fate as Thomas Hardy's vintage ale. sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2009
Nose: Can not find any other word to describe it, except ’cobwebs’. Like walking into an empty, dusty room of an old house with wooden floors. Rather strange, but cool. ...Hardly any fruit in this one. Slightly sugary, with some yeast. Unique!
Flavours are dark and dry. A nice bitterness comes through in the middle and lingers on in the finish.
Some mustiness in the flavours also.
The hue is a nice dark orange/brown, with a nice haziness. awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Well seven years ought to be enough aging. Bottle #49643, poured reddish and immedialtley after the pour was a sweetened taste that reminded me a little of the mead I had the night before. First taste was malt heavy and left asweet taste. The last sip of this one a hour later left a bitter taste. Overall a good session beer and something to talk about with other beer conneseuers. akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
talk about full bodied! the richness of the malts just fill the mouth and coat the tongue. most of fullers' beers smell the same to me, they just have accents in different places, it is like that whole tomato tomaato thing. ok so i dont know how to type that but whatever. malty with some diacetyl and a hint of earthiness in the nose. lots of malt in the flavor with other flavors jumping in to keep it exciting. they include alcohol, plums, slight hint of earthy hops, and lots of foffe flavors in the finish. for such a full bodied beer this one clears out of the mouth quite well, it is a very clean beer.