Fuller's Vintage Ale 2002

 
overall
98
100
style
Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England

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unknown

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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
marcus (10559) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange brown with a modest beige head and a ffuity aroma. There is a hearty delicious malty flavor that keeps its age nicely. A smootly bitter toasty finish sticks to the palate.

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KimJohansen (10511) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 [Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Hazy deep amber with medium off white head. Sweet and vinious aroma with overripe fruits, caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet and rather complex flavor with notes hops, overripe fruits, caramel, chocolate and madeira. Great complexity and full bodied. Nice!

3.9
olio (10462) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.
Bottle No. 39274.
Pours mahogany color with a small head. Sweet toffee and chocolate on the aroma, ripe fruits and wood. Sweet fruits, caramel, licorice and some wood on the flavor, bread too. Smooth oily palate, lingering sweet fruity finish. Very nice.
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4.2
MoritzF (10068) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2010
(bottle, 55cl) Hazy, chestnut-brown coloured hue with lots of floaties and a short diminishing beige foamy head. Sweet toast-malty, slightly vinous fruity aroma with notes of caramel, liquorce, tobacco, sweat and a bit brandy-like alcohol. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a very soft carbonation and a slightly viscid mouthfeel. Creamy toasty malty, date- and fig-fruity taste with caramel, liquorice, resin and a tinge of marzipan; almost endlessly lasting, slightly vinous, subtle fruity and toasty finish. Highly elaborated stuff. 24.III.10

3.9
douglas88 (9569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
500 ml bottle thanks to Kirk. Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium orange/white head. A big dusty nose of yeast and caramel. The flavor is robust with caramel, port, more dust, earthy, sweet oranges, lots of yeast. Really nice, has held up great . The oxidation fits in well.

4.2
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
Bottle conditioned - White Horse - Parsons Green London SW6. A mid brown beer with a nice white head. The aroma is thick with juicy hops and creamy alcohol. The taste also has lots of warming alcohol , fruits, nail varnish, perfume and vanilla. The texture is like butterscotch. After a while it does become ’heady’ but it is more than acceptable.

3.3
Hansen (8612) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Dark, amber colour, unclear, murky. Has a creamy, mostly lasting head, light brown. Aroma of port, tqwny and butter. Flavor is heavy sweet.

3.3
SudsMcDuff (8466) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
This seems to be aging quite well.. . loads of toffee and caramel, with a big oily biscuit aftertaste . .. do you wanna eat my fat? i think you know the answer to that .. . The theonly nagative is the mouth is going a bit, thinning out if you will .. It is what it is, ..folks!

3.7
jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle split by Colin @ CBC Clerkenwell. Cheers for this obscure vintage! The pour’s amber with a small head. Signs of oxidation on the nose. A bit papery. Some caramel, donut, apple, cherry. The taste is more appealing. Robust almond and caramel. Tangy forest fruits. Red apple acidity. Mildly hot on the finish. Full mouthfeel. Overall, this is holding up OK. Glad this is drinking better than some of the older ones I’ve tried. Decent depth of flavor. Enjoyable.

3.9
lusikka (7819) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
550 ml bottle @ the Grand Vintage Tasting, Tampere. Pours a mahogany amber colour with a small head. Aroma of chocolate fudge, some bread, orange marmalade and grass. Rich flavour of toasted malts, very strong licorice root notes, bread, salt, syrupy sweetness and some wooden notes. Full bodied. Brilliant stuff. The licorice root notes here are very original for the Vintage Ale series. 12 years old and no signs of aging.


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