WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2008
2001? A beer Odyssey? Hard to imagine a better way to celebrate another century of ratings. Pours dark copper, full tan head, gorgeous. Nose of honey, toffee, hops and malt. Wonderful. Taste of sweet caramel, ginger and maybe clove, malts, and hops, with a long hop and spice finish. Also wonderful. Hard to imagine a better British Ale. But who cellars a beer for 7 years? unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2002
Excellent brew! Aroma reminds me of whiskey or brandy, with a touch of fruitiness added. The color is perfect, crystal clear amber, with a whitish, not-too-thick head. The taste is like whiskey as well, or more like Southern Comfort with a little carbonated water and malt added. That's a compliment, too. The alcohol is intense, though, and I feel it all the way down. Sometimes it, along with the slightly bitter finish is a little TOO intense (take a sip then open your mouth and inhale...you will see), and and that is the only reason this one doesn't get an even higher rating. It's a little off-balance IMHO but otherwise a very good year! caesar (7165) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2003
Finally, i was about to experience one of the Fullers Vintage Ales. Stylish bottle. The pouring, maybe the beer is a little bit too cold served, but there is hardly any lacing. Nice copper color though. Aroma of fruits, roasted malts, very good. Reminded me of a barley wine style. Taste is malty, fruity, complex. Lingering palate. Good stuff! skortila (5967) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2003
Bottle #00883. Very useless those numbers, but I guess in combination with good marketing people will pay more for such a bottle, so smart move of the brewer. Strong sweet moderately roasted malty aroma, smells like honey. very good, not artificial. Appearance is not impressive; dark copper coloured, very thin though remaining head. Balanced taste. Most strong malty beers tend to be unbalanced malty; This one definately not. Fruits in taste, sweet and slightly bitter. palate is pleasant, smooth malty. Good brew. CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Clear orange red color with a thin tan head. Caramel and cherry aroma, full bodied with thin bubbles. Ends lightly sweet with a long smooth rich aftertaste. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle #08906 - Pours a deep and murky copper with a moderate, rather quickly fading head. It has an assertive yeast aroma with some dark fruit and a touch of hops. The yeast and fruits come through in a flavor heavy on the malts with a dry, moderately hoppy finish. It’s medium bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel. The finish lingers a little while and has some mild alcohol taste. On a sidenote, some yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle in some unappealing clumps. I hadn’t seen that before, but I hadn’t had a bottle conditioned beer that sat basically motionless for five years either. This is a very good ale. I wouldn’t call it amazing, but it’s definitely worth trying. bhensonb (15505) - 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). Boutip (6433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga(drank in 2007): Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with dry fig and plums qualities. Taste is sweet with again the dry figs and plums qualities really coming out. No hops were discernable which is probably right due to the age on this bottle. Body was quite full with some lively carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Another great vintage ale that aged very gracefully. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits (plum, raisin), caramel, and some earthiness. Flavor is earthy with heavy vinous flavors. There is a little bite in the finish. Seems to have aged pretty well, but not as tasty as the ’99.