Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2002

 
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100
style
Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned version of Golden Pride.
Limited to 50,000 Bottles. As the year of the Golden Jubilee the golden theme was applied to this special commemorative Vintage Ale. Goldings hops and Golden Promise malt were used to produce this copper coloured ale with a fruity, orange peel aroma and a spicy, satisfying taste.

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4.2
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottles. BBE date Dec 2005; Drank Dec 2008 - Cloudy (when poured) Deep Amber/Copper in colour. Yeasty; lots of floaties and lots of sediment. Wonderful strong ale. Very malty; caramel, toffee, candy sugar, hint of chocolate. Very fruity; oranges, peel, dark fruits. Spicy. Earthy hop presence. Vinous; sherry-like. Alcohol very evident. Sweet fruity malty strong ale. Rich and very, very smooth, due to age (now 6 years). Enjoyed this beer a lot! Fantastic beer! #--------# BBE date Dec 2005; Drank Dec 2010 - Reddish-Amber in colour. Very Vinous; sherry-like. Mega-Malty; toasty malts, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, hint of chocolate. Very fruity; spicy orange citrus, marmalade, peel. Yeasty; lots of sediment and floaties. Spicy. Earthy hop. Rich, syrupy and very, very smooth. Sweet mega-malty, mega-fruity spicy throughout. Terrific beer! (2010-12)

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pilsnerrogge (2948) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2006
( Bottle NO. 22970) Red-ish brown, hazy colour. Thick head. Sweet, malty aroma with hints of marzipan. Thick mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but not cloying flavour with notes of liquorice. Long dry, woody finish.

3.8
Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Poured from a 550ml bottle, thanks to Doug. Big toffee and fruity nose. Flavors of leather, toffee, coffee, caramel. A tasty beer that has held up well.

3.9
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2002
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) ’02: Clear orange color, molasses nose. The chewy-syrupy sweet-ending suggests to me that it will age well. I guess I’ll find out in a few years.

4
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle from the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Fuller’s Brewery in London, England in May 2005. No bottle number. One of the last bottles available at the brewery I was told. Deep amber-copper in colour, long lasting beige head, thick lace. The aroma is of christmas and coffee cakes, dark fruits, some chocolate and caramel, lightly sweet, alcohol hardly present in this vintage. The flavour is malts (lots of sweet caramel), cakes and cookies, plums, figs and raisins. Light sweetness, creamy full mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes cakey, lingering. The vertical is starting to get really good.

3.4
EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown, has bits of residue floating in it. Nose is sweet malty, marmalade, alcohol, caramel. Taste is again no trace of hops or bitterness it’s just a soft and very sweet, very cloying marmalade, sherry, treacley. Touch of earthiness in too. Again quite raw alcoholic.

3.6
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Pint Bottle from Walt via trade - Thanks! - Pours dark amber in color with a fairly short creamy tan head. Lots of floaters in this one... Aromas of big yeast, some raisin, lots of caramel, slight toffee. Flavor of yeast, raisin, caramel, toffee, and some earthy notes. Smooth as silk on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.. Not the best of the vintages for this brew in my opinon..

3.1
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle @ Kookfest. Almondy nutty malts. Fruity finish. Mild hop flavours in this one which werent enought to balance out the sweetness. On the whole not bad, despite being out of kilter.

4.1
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured hazy amber with a thin tan head...smell is warm and oaky...very nice...taste is sweet with caramel following up with some nice pepper...greatness....

3.7
Niall73 (2432) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours an amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is funky veg, with some caramel. Medium body, mild carbonation. Very rich, xmas fruit cakey/mince pie taste - rich, boozy and fruity, with a slight spiciness. Good.


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