Fuller's Vintage Ale 2001

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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douglas88 (9620) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2011
500 ml bottle thanks to Eric bottle number 11002. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is some oxidation, dusty dry caramel and a light English hop. The flavor is very mellow, bready, caramel and sweet port like notes, grassy almost. Hasn’t held up perfectly like the 1999 did, but still nice.

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 14669 Smells of candy coasted apples, though slightly harsh. Tastes are hoppy, with strong alcohol, but has some nice soothing hints of plum. Interesting dry, sweet finish, tingling the back of the tongue. About 10 minutes after drinking I still have an extremely sweet sticky feeling in my mouth. This stuff stays with you.

The_Osprey (9102) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
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.

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 15, 2016
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

BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle thanks to Walt! Pours with a clear bronze hued body with tan foam. Aromas are of plums, brandy, fruity, low oxidation, port, bready with rich marmalade. Flavors are of raisins, brandy, fig, bready, icing, estery, berries, elegant, rich port wine. Low carbonation, thick body. Still in very good nic.

Sledutah (7831) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle shared by footbalm, thanks
Appearance: Hazy brown/gold with a small off-white head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Caramel, toffee and bready
Taste: Toffee and caramel
Well balanced, held up good for a 10 year old beer.

Ernest (7814) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, cookie, caramel, cereal, grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, citrus - orange), with notes of peach, toffee, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. This year proves that my beef with the 2000 was hops and yeast related, not age. Not as full-bodied as the '99, the aroma is a bit off in the malt department (grainy, corn flakes like), and the finish is slightly funky.

blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, biegaman & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #08837. Pours a murky amber-orange with a small lasting white head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, hops, dark fruit, some yeast and alcohol -- it’s held up quite well. Flavour of sweet malt, wood, hops, dark fruit and alcohol -- my fellow raters thought it diminished somewhat but I found it really flavourful, especially for a 5 year-old beer. Medium bodied. Still an excellent Ale, well done Fullers -- and thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Bottle 07572: Clear copper ruby color with a tan lacy head. Thick caramel and lightly spiced aromas abound. Very smooth and crisp with good balance. Thick syrupy sweet body with notes of oak. Hides its alcohol pretty well but still has a warming effect. A very good strong ale and almost in the same boat as the vintage '99 I had two months ago.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle #8826. Poured a slightly hazy peach with not much more than a swirl and a looser ring of caramel headage. The nose found a solid dose of vinous and plum notes on a caramel foundation with herbal and medicinal notes... some apparent (and expected) oxidation too.

The flavor had plums, aged vinous qualities, and drawn, smoky caramel at its core.. building floral bitterness as it reached the edges of the mouth.. and rum-laden caramel + dark fruit on the long, warm finish. Syrupy on the palate with low carbonation, moderate, well-placed bitterness, and prickly alcohol near the throat. Tasty brew that is likely past its prime, but still holding up quite well.

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