mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 19, 2002
I didn't even know Roger Maris had an otter. Despite that, this is an excellent beer, with plenty of malt and hops. It would taste better with a little aging, but who's complaining. BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Thanks to zathrus13 for sending this my way. Bottle 17020. Nose is malt, preserved fruits, cooked, buttered grains. Nuts, bread and yeast. Hint of alcohol. Taste starts out moderately sweet and very malty then the hops emerge in the middle and completely dry out the finish. A little bit of sour in there too - almost a tannic effect. Slightly bitter finish. Texture is nice and full without being too much. Palate seems right on taking one through a well rounded sensation of sweet fruity malt ending with a slightly bitter dry finish. Feeling the warmth. Very nice. 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. DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
.................................................. tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2003
(bottle 07820, if you must know). Gorgeous deep red amber with brilliant clarity. Rich caramel aroma with ripe fruit and a phenolic hint at the end. Supple, big sweet malty lead-off with a thick, bready chewiness. Assertive bitterness blends with spicy alcohol for a lingering, smooth, fruity finish. An amazing ale that is exceptionally well balanced and perfectly palatable right know: I think it's been highly underrated to date.
BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 19, 2002
Wonderful fruity pear and apricot aroma. Bought 1 drank it then went back to the store and bought the rest of them. Drink your Bud and leave me the rest of the good stuff. Fullers can do nothing wrong. #22501 MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Bottle No: 19554
Clear, warm, reddish amber with a creamy tan head that shrinks to a small cap. The round and soft aroma has fruit, rich caramel, warm and toasty pale malt, oxidation/sherry notes, faint flowery hops, and a bit of minerals. No detectable alcohol on the nose. The flavor is rich and smooth with a ton of malt, which is sweet and rounded. Some fruitiness (strawberry, cherry) adds a bit of depth. Lots of toffee/caramel as well. Flowery and faintly citric hops make a weak attempt at balance, but are trampled by the malt onslaught. Considerable oxidation notes (sherry, a hint of cardboard) on the progressively hoppier finish, which also has suggestions of minerals and earthy spiciness. A fairly strong flush of alcohol washes it all down. Very soft on the palate, with a medium mouthfeel. The words ‘soft’ and ‘round’ appear often here, and with good reason. This isn’t all that complex, and not near as good as previous versions, but it’s still a decent brew.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
2001 - tasted in Jan 2004. Aroma and taste dominated by Demerara sugar. Alcohol was well hidden. smooth and warming, but lacking something. fatherpierre (62) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2002
Fantastic. A great depth of flavour, with an aroma to match. One to savour and drink slowly. Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2001
Sweet, malty, full-bodied, smooth, wonderful... This is an awesome brew. The head is great, as is the amber color in my glass. The aroma was sweet and inviting. Excellent beer...one of only 30,000 made this year (I guess they cut production). Gotta get some more before its all gone. I even turned the bottle upside down and shook it to make sure I got the last drop!