Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2000

 
overall
99
100
style
Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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unknown

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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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3.6
Christian (13685) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2010
Amber with a small tan head. Malty aroma of biscuit and caramel with some marmalade. Dusty oxidized cardboard notes. Sweet malty flavour with strong marmalade fruity note, and bitter finish. Clearly too old, or not aged well.

3.5
Stuu666 (13660) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours hazy amber, nose is toffee, cardboard, light fruit, taste is dry, sugary, toffee.

4
BeerandBlues2 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Bottle provided via trade with beastiefan2k. Pours sparkling and lightly cloudy tawny with a small fizzy off-white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, toffee), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (dough) with notes of heavy alcohol, port and brown sugar. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness. This one held up very well over the years.

4.1
Dogbrick (13147) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Bottle #38294. Thanks to Indra for the trade. I liked this a little less than the '99, if only because it seemed a little less subdued. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick sand-colored head. Mild lacing. Strong aroma of malt and alcohol. Robust body with flavors of malt, caramel, vanilla and plum. Finish is syrupy-sweet and lasting. Good stuff.

4.5
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2004
(Bottle, No. 37701) Pours a hazy copper color with a creamy off-white head. The Fullers Vintage ales are some of my favorites. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and fruit. Flavors caramel, plums, and alcohol. Quite the delight!

3.4
Rune (12995) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2013
500ml still bottle conditioned despite best before end of 2003. Bottle no. 54347 bought at Fullers Brewery Shop and shared with Finn back home. Decent off-white head covering a cloudy, dark apricot coloured body. Aroma of dried fruits and caramel added by a cellar-like vintage touch. Rather comprehensive taste of raisin, figs and herbal hops joined by leather and biscuits. Dry, very dry, bittersweet ending. Well bodied. A truly grown-up brew. Tasty (Tromsø, 13.03.2013).

3.3
j12601 (12698) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle at BCTC Saturday night over at Chris’s amazing truck. Pours a lightly hazed golden orange with a thin white head. Oxidized plum, malt and pine. Sweet caramel and big oxidization. Very sweet, plum and prune. Toffee, malt and toast.

3.2
Camons (12680) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
Bottle @ Johns. Pours dark golden with a creamy tan head, light lacings. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, oxidation, honey, toffee, wood, little alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet and rather oxidated, malty, caramel, honey, toffee, wood, alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet finish. Way past its prime. 130416

4.1
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 48698. Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a small tan head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums (similar in strength to the ’99 but a tad more pronounced). Spicy tastes also made a stronger showing. Musty aroma that I detected in the ’98 & ’99 not present in this one.

4
thewolf (12632) - 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.


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