madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th January 2016
That’ll be me 20K then @ ChrisO’s. Hazy deep amber beer, small cream colour head. Some light oxidisation on the nose but it burns away fairly quickly. Palate is light and semi dry with reasonable fine carbonation. Smooth caramel malts, dried fruits and ripe fruits. Mild spice. A light and slightly crispy finish. Tasty. Has survived remarkably well. These Fullers old Vintages are a bit stiff price wise but they have clearly been looked after!
mR_fr0g (11623) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 14/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this. . Hazed viscous caramel brown coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is big caramel apple, oxidised, toffee apple, fruit cake. Flavour is composed of sticky toffee fruit cake, pretty good, nutty, , brown sugar, slightly burnt toast. Palate is sticky sweet, moderate carbonation. Held up pretty well.
Scopey (14257) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Kenny’s 20k. Huge thanks to the Ken for the missing link in my Fuller’s vintage ratings! It pours hazy mahogany brown with a small white head. The nose is woody, fruit cake, slightly oxidised malts, raisin, glacé cherry. nougat, marzipan and brown bread. The taste is rich, woody, chewy malt, raisin, sultana, warming alcohol, vanish, fruit loaf, earth and a touch of oxidisation. Medium body and fine carbonation. Has held up rather well. Good depth, yet rather mellow and balanced.
Leighton (20814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K tasting - London. Huge thanks to Ken for this rarity! Pours cloudy amber-brown with a light, creamy off-white head. Tangy berries in the nose, some toffee, cherry. Medium sweet flavour with light earthy bitterness, toasted grains, caramel, toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation and lightly oily texture. Warming finish with moderate earthy bitterness, light ashy tobacco, dried fruits. Nice one. Has aged quite well.
The_Osprey (7825) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Chriso’s for Kenny’s 20K. Thanks and congrats to Ken. As ’Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2001’, 8.5%, #18091 / 30000. Hazy cloudy brown with a red hue, small ring of off-white head, dotted lacing. Aroma is sherry, stewed apples, raisin. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is raisin, light fruit syrup, sherry booziness. Pretty tasty for a 15 year old beer.
Theydon_Bois (18944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, thanks to the Man of the moment, 15/01/16 bottle #18091.
Murky orange amber with a moderate off White covering that dissipates to nyadda.
Nose is toffee, lady’s knickers, light spice dusting, fruit cake, touch of oxidisation but not OTT in this respect.
Taste comprises caramel fudge, toffee, trace of oxidisation, airy malt, biscuit crumble, dates, raisens, prunes.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation but far from flat, lightly warming alcohol in the close.
Lost its way a little but not at all bad for a fifteen year old offering.
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, many thanks to Ken. It pours a hazed copper color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet and oxidised with pears apricots and almonds. Taste is big sweet with more notes of apricots peaches and closes with bitter almonds. Lightly boozy in the finish. Light bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, ok
zacgillbanks (5076) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001: Drank 2015-07-07, Aged for approx. 14 years; Hazy dark red-brown in colour with a sweet and slightly tart red fruity flavour, almond, blackcurrant, vanilla and chocolate followed by burnt currants on the smooth finish. Nice!
slowrunner77 (11677) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"yummy is the first word that comes to mind. this is a nice, rich, robust, hearty brew...highly drinkable, especially for 8.5%. nice use of malts here. for the style, one of the best."
Alengrin (5187) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ennobled luxury edition of Fuller’s Golden Pride and like all vintages produced in very limited quantities. Provisional ale, undoubtedly with impressive ageing capacities. Yellowish white, sticky but thin and quickly dissolving head, colour a darkish amber approaching copper, misty. Powerful and attractive aroma of fresh oranges, peaches and pineapples, single malt, amaretto, honey, pepper, cake, chocolate, cane sugar... Tingling sweet fruitiness in the onset, orange peel, soft caramel- and honey-like malts staying throughout the palate, spicy notes, bit creamier in the middle, finishing with a whiff of English hops but mostly warming alcohol, like orange liqueur and gin, even a bit wry, the initial sweetness also sticking a bit. Refined, but too thin of body and too astringent finish to be truly great.