MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2003
Grapefruit rinds sitting in a sticky honeycomb...Still silky smooth but more prominent alcohol than earlier versions...If they go on like this, I think the 2008 version will be a very nice, hoppy scottish ale... tallguy108 (34) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
........ skortila (5996) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2003
Bottle #00883. Very useless those numbers, but I guess in combination with good marketing people will pay more for such a bottle, so smart move of the brewer. Strong sweet moderately roasted malty aroma, smells like honey. very good, not artificial. Appearance is not impressive; dark copper coloured, very thin though remaining head. Balanced taste. Most strong malty beers tend to be unbalanced malty; This one definately not. Fruits in taste, sweet and slightly bitter. palate is pleasant, smooth malty. Good brew. caesar (7342) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2003
Finally, i was about to experience one of the Fullers Vintage Ales. Stylish bottle. The pouring, maybe the beer is a little bit too cold served, but there is hardly any lacing. Nice copper color though. Aroma of fruits, roasted malts, very good. Reminded me of a barley wine style. Taste is malty, fruity, complex. Lingering palate. Good stuff! danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Bottle #03931 - Deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma is very sweet/malty with emphasis on alcohol. Mellow sweet malts and toffee from the start with King Alcohol dominating the middle, esters making a strong showing as well. The stong alcohol presence is a distraction to the great malt flavor, though with time it should subside. The more I drink the more it rounds out - a sumptuous beer with balls.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
This vintage was much more reminicent of the 99. I drank it too soon due to impatience (should have let it age more). Very nice cloudy brown with red accents, little off-white head. Aroma is very nice malty/alcohol/toffee. Sweet complex start which is very nice. Warms as it goes down. Very nice. I Recommend the Vintage ales to everybody. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Bottle #18440. A gorgeous amber color with a thin tan head. The beer needs to be agitated to get the aroma out. As is, the nose is filled with alcohol. When stirred, the dark fruits, sweet malts, and caramel come through. The alcohol is very noticeable and a pretty unpleasant in this beer. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Sweet caramel malts throughout. Some big alcohol notes in the middle. Nice hops at the end. Everything a great beer should be, but nothing so spectacular that it should come in a fancy box. I suspect our bottles of 2000 & 1999 will be better. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Bottle 7743: A dark film cascades down the side of the glass. Dark colored, and heavy malt and alcohol tastes. There are tones of caramel, malt, and sugars. Subtle notes of nuts and spices come through as it begins to warm. Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Alcohol much more evident than the 2000 edition,malty and sweet,finishes strong.Lacks complexity, age may improve.