Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2001

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
Only 30,000 bottles were produced. Maris Otter malt and Goldings hops. The first year that all the ingredients were standard rather than champion.

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3.4
Theydon_Bois (19546) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
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.

4.2
harrisoni (18579) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle at Kookfest 06. Hazy brown/russet with lasting beige head. Great hoppy aroma. Raisiny malt in the mouth. Overly carbonated maybe. Lovely richness in the mouth and then intense hop on end. I like the vintage ales series and this was a good one. Thanks to Kook for the vertical tasting.

3.3
Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Sampled 2003: Hazy orange-amber; oxidized, sherry, earth and caramel. Chewy, minerally, malty. The youngest in the vertical was the most far gone.

2.9
TBone (17581) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #18801
Pale hazy nut brown, very small beige head. Earthy, cellary, mould aroma. This one has not aged so well, lots of cellary flavors. Behind that wood and nutty - typical Fullers flavors. Warming alcohol in the finish. Maybe leaked bottle or just one of the vintages which has past its prime.

4.1
bhensonb (15241) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle No: 24620 Aroma of dark fruit which tops malt. Deep translucent apricot color, with virtually no head. Starts extremely smooth with dark fruit (but not really plummy), followed by malt, noticeable alcohol and a light hop finish. As it goes on, the alcohol becomes a bit more assertive, and accents the hops. I understand the reference to fruitcake. Wish I had 29,999 more (I’d share).

3.6
Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
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.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2004
(Bottle No. 14482) Lightly hazed dark amber body topped by large beige head, leaves lovely ringed lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, port. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, port, light herbal and earthy, finishes with moderate alcohol. Creamy medium-full body. This has held up fairly well, but it may be past peak now.

3.8
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
BeerOle’s Birthday Bash. Part of a rather long and much appreciated vertical. Copper colour with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of raisin, and some vineous alcohol. Mildly oxidized, but has managed well, great complexity and a lovely beer

4.2
bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2003
No. 935. Red copper color, a bit hazy. Small sustained head. Hops and blackcurrant aroma. Full bodied. Sweet flavor, very fruity (pear, blackcurrant, mango, banana). Fruity, hopbitter finish with lots of oak. Very complex and delicious ale. Could gain extra complexity with some further cellaring.

4.3
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
(Bottle # 23472) Pours a lightly cloudy, amber body with a small, off-white head. Has a complex aroma of plum, port, toffee, butterscotch, brownsugar, and vanilla. Flavor of raisins, toffee, and sweet malt (cola-like).


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