BuzzBeer99 (80) - 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 bierkoning (13813) - 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. Menelaus (3) - USA - MAY 20, 2003 does not count
This year is going to be a winner after another three years in the celler. Strong start, Warming on the tongue and in the tummy. A little rough in the middle and a drop off on the finish. All this is going to improve with age. The aroma alone is worth the price on the bottle. I am going to keep a couple in the fridge and a couple at cellar temp and report back on which came out best. Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2003
6/15/03 I Thought It was the best Strong Ale I have ever had in my life to date. That is all I have to say!!!! Aurelius (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2003
#21127. Fruity, cherry-grain alt aroma. How can you keep from giving 5 AP for a beer with a whiskey box, a seal and a spray insulation head. In a word, bock-y. Lots of fruitiness, tannic, peppery. Edgy, but still with a creamy malt and ale palate. Very, very enjoyable -- a dispensation from a benevolent Almighty, by way of John Keeling. "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?... For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."
ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 #02224. Had this on June 28, 2003. Amber with some red and gold hues. Very warm tones. a bit of cloudiness. Small beige/butter colored head. Lacing all the way down. Smells fruity, apples, cherries. Then there are some vanilla and almond tones. I smell oak and lots of alcohol, more fruit, though not flowery or citrusy. The aroma screams COMPLEX BEER!
Opens up with a powerful flavor. Warm and rich malt flavors arise. Alcohol is present but rounded by malt in the body. Has some raisin and berry flavor. Texture is lush and velvety. Definitely detecting some cherry flavors and a more sweet, almost chewy malt. Fig newtons?? FULL body. Finishes with more alcohol and malt, WONDERFUL TEXTURE. I want to chew this even though it is beer!!! As it warms up to temperatures near 60 degrees, I can find some malt whiskey flavors. The finish has a buttercream toffee appeal with more cherry and almond. This beer is ridiculously complex. I have just finished it, the aftertaste lasts forever, but I am sad and want more. Now I am clearly tasting cookies! I am surprised at this one's lower rating. I do not feel the alcohol dominated. Sure it was certainly there, but keep in mind the style when rating this beer. Alcohol should be apparent and a sweet malt accentuated by alcohol should be apparent. This beer does that very well. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2004
bottle No: 18502: lightly hazy, caramel/golden color, no head, well-carbonated. aroma is heavy on the alcohol, caramel and vinous notes pervade. hops are quite earthy in the nose. flavor is very sweet, big caramel notes, very sticky and thick mouthfeel. alcohol is moderately noticeable, but the big malt character is the tell-tale factor here. i have to say, i really like this beer. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
My favorite of the five Fullers we had that night. This one poured a dull ruby with aroma of tangerine and more Fullers malt. More aromas are honey, pepper, and alcohol. Taste is total nectar. Light toffee, mollasses, hops, cocoa, sherry and musk. Medium body, a bit on the sweet side but really good. harrisoni (19548) - 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. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, biegaman & blankboy -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #08837. Wow, thanks Harry for sharing this rare treat! I’ve been after the older Vintage Fullers for some time. Dark golden brown, small bubbly head. Such a strong aroma for a 5 year old English Strong - rich dark fruity malts, slight hint of whisky - very nice. Nice taste. Surprisingly hoppy up front, lots of fruitcake notes in the middle, bread, rich malt, alcohol, and hops at the end. Wow, so good. Complex. Best Fullers Vintage I have had yet and in remarkable shape for 5 years old.