Fuller's Vintage Ale 2000

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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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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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3.5
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Sweet malty aroma, dark red w/ a whispy brown head. Palate is full w/ moderate hops, and sweet fruit in the middle. Alcohol and hops in the finish. Great warming beer that would be great to come home to in the winter. I this one better as it warmed up. Nice brew!

3.5
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Bottle 63614. Side by side tasting with the '99 and '01 vintages. Personal favorite out of the three. Flavor tastes more like a barley wine with robust and dark wood tones. The alcohol is present, and gives it a thicker palate overall.

3.5
Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
pour was a dark cloudy amber color. nose was full of an aray of darker fruits, as well as malts and molasses. Taste was similar but super mellow and felt like it was dead. overall enjoyable, but nothing to write home about.

3.5
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
500mL Bottle. No: 46005. This one is for George Bush and Dick Cheney and then end of a terrible reign. Fitting, a beer brewed when I was too young to vote and a year that heralded in a near-decade of demise. At the end of a week that dawned a new American day, this beer will help me usher out an ugly era and welcome a new one. A vigorous pour produces a frothy demon. Thick blood-tinted amber spawns a creamy silk head that lies above quietly throwing off vapors of caramel, old wine, and aged hops. Mixed and somewhat expected. Light age is noticeable, but not dominating. Flavor carries a very brisk sensation of past-peakedness. There’s a lot of old hops in there, over a surprisingly thin malt structure. Lots of dust and age. Having had a 1998 in 2006, I’m a bit surprised by the poor condition of this specimen. It’s not terrible, but it’s not desirable. Malt goes with some vinousness instead of chewy graham-cracker toffee. Hops hand their souls over immediately to a mouthful of dust. Some complex port-like fruit alcohols are the saving grace of this beer. Otherwise, at this point, not something to strive for.

3.5
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.

3.5
larsniclas (7292) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Bottled. Thx Jonte. Hazy, deep amber. Small white head. Moludy and earthy aroma. Moussy mouthfeel. Sweet, vinous and woody flavour.

3.5
Meilby (11791) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #04479 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy deep amber/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft..

3.5
JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle, 50 cl, no 01778. Clear orange amber with an ok off white head. Deep toffeeish nose, lots of caramel. Taste is just like honey, long and lingering, some spice. Burned malt. Full bodies, a winter warmer.

3.5
joergen (29611) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Clear orange-red coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of oak. Sweet finish.

3.5
AirForceHops (8033) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2013
22 oz bottle at the Adam Jackson beer BBQ. Garnet color with still some carbonation. Nose is lots of dark fruit, digs, dates raisins. Tobacco notes. Ash. Flavor is musty, dank malty old hops. Old caramel, hops after it sat in the basement for a length of time. For the age still really drinkable. Typical old English Ale.


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