SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2004
So what is that? Pumpkin spice? Well, it is there, not bad, it kind of reminds me of that fullers ESB with a bit of the london pride. It has this lager flavour with again that pumpkin spice. Interesting and pretty good. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Orange, clear, with a tan head. Oxidized sherried aroma., and rather musty. Hoppy fading malt flavor, with oxidized sherried notes. Perhaps a touch past its prime, but I preferred the older 2000, so there must be a difference in recipe. 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. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2004
hazy, tea colored with almost no head. Alcohol/brandy aroma. Sweet spicy flavor. A bit to cloying for me. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Deep copper in color with a frothy and thin head of foam. The aroma is lovely, malt accented, giving hints of raisins and black cherry. I do enjoy the flavor, although I do wish it was more full in the mouth. An overly fruity taste with definate hints of berries, cherry and pit fruit. Cloying. Well hidden alcohol. Reminds me of Achel Brune but in an English way.
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle, #09011, from Julio’s. Good nose, Malty. Whisky, Oak, Prune, Caramel/butterscotch, Tobacco. Tad hazy brownish orange color, Small to no head. Bitter flavors, alot like aromas with the oak & whisky kind of taking the forefront. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, dry bittersweet finish. Nice brew, could of aged a bit longer, a little to oaky for me. omhper (25351) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2005
Bottled. Clear ruby. Resiny, perfumy nose. Medium sweet with full body. Densely malty. Salty finish. The malt flavours dominate. I miss some complexity. Pinball (12187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
bottle. tasted 2012
clear brown, small head.
arma is dusty, malty, well balanced, dusty barley wine.
flavor is malty, bitter, nutty, very nice, this beer held very well indeed. jazz88 (2683) - 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. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2004
I tend to cut Fuller's a pretty large chunk of slack for no other reason than having liked the first number of their beers I ever had. This one was NOT at the top of the heap for the Vintage ales I've had. Oxidized and more pronounced alcohol - a burn really - than any of the others. Still some nice malt, the dominate factor, but all in all would rather I had this one earlier and still had a 1999. And for those feeling the need to know - this was shared with me, not my own.