Fuller's Vintage Ale 2000

 
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99
100
style
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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
TBone (18558) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #62620
Ruby red brown color, small beige head. Clearly "vintage aroma" - dry woody and oaky nose. This is quite Fullers ESB -like, oaky with hops and malts and some licorice. Palate is a bit liquerish in the finish. Hoppy and slightly alcoholic aftertaste. I am not sure if this has changed a lot in the ageing, it feels more like a beer, which stays good. Age is mostly evident in the aroma. Good beer.

3.6
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 55cl. Bottle # 04479. It pours a clear, copper colored body under a half finger thick beige head leaving lacings. Caramel and some oxidation in the aroma, with hints of camphor. A pleasant dried fruit scent as well. There’s a pleasant bitterness to deal with the mostly malty flavor. Beef stock, caramel, some oxidation and dried fruits, and a little alcohol hint. Full-bodied, pleasantly carbonated and with a mostly bitter finish. Less complex than the 1999 bottle, but certainly nice anyway. 120106

4.2
Dedollewaitor (16544) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
55cl bottle. Finally I got a reason to open this bottle. Pours amber/orange with a full creamy white head and lacings. Nose is sweet and vinous. Lots of port, dark fruits, caramel and sugar. Quite earthy, a bit mouldy/matured as well. Full , creamy and smooth body. Medium carbonation. Oily, slick and sticky. Taste is vinous and has loads of caramel, dark fruits, sugar and a hint of liquorice. Bitter end. Maaaaad Nice!

3
Scopey (16266) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear deep amber, with a thick beige head. The nose is initially of sweet caramel, toffee, spice, pepper and gingerbread, but the longer I smell the more mould and damp old wood there is. The taste is sweet caramel, golden-syrup, wood, leather, melon, pear, cardboard and mouldy mustiness, with a dry, alcoholic finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. I think everyone was in agreement at the tasting - this is way past its prime.

4
bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
No. 64042. Aroma has toffee, notes of dark fruits, perhaps a bit of citrus, and it does seem dusty. Hazy orange amber color with a beige head that didn’t last long. Full bodied with fine, almost fizzy, carbonation. The flavor is bread, toffee, light fruits, dark fruits, and a bit of roasted malt. Although it drinks just a bit sweet, after the liquid is gone it finishes rather astringent and dry. Has an interesting drying effect on the mouth. The hop seems to have mellowed out, but there’s enough to balance. Even seems to have a bit of wood as the event proceeds. It has certainly aged quite well. Shame. My last one.

4.1
imdownthepub (15519) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled, 500ml, no. 28,655 from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Reddish copper with white head. Full, fruity beer, there is a sweetish toffee background then a mixture of dried fruity notes to the fore, prunes, sultana’s in addition a hazelnut note lingers on the palate. Late bitterness with roasty malts showing through. Luscious.

3.5
gunnfryd (15490) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. aroma is alcohol, caramel, malt. Flavour is sugar, yeast, oxidation, caramel, hop, alcohol. Nice beer.

3.5
Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours hazy amber, nose is toffee, cardboard, light fruit, taste is dry, sugary, toffee.

3.2
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber/reddish/brown - white head. Sweetness, nutty, berries, light oxidation, herbal, raisins, light burned and roasted malts, walnuts, caramel, oakey.... Tjaaa.

4
HenrikSoegaard (14704) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Amber colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy aroma. Light sweet and moderate bitter really nice flavor. Long powerfull finish. Creamy palate. Great stuff.


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