BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I received this bottle from my Santa Mads, many thanks! The brew poured a rich coppery hue with a lasting off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma starts with caramelized malts, honey, english toffee, vanilla, overripened apple, non aromatic pipe tobacco and a hint of oak. The taste starts with a heavy dose of bittersweet character with both hops and malts in wonderful balance. A vinous almost sherry combined with bourbon overtone hits in midsection. A beautiful oaky and smoky bitterness finished off the experiance. The feel is lush but not as heavy as the 1999 or the 2001. It is peaking it seems and is becoming the equal to the more celebrated vintages of past. Yes, I love Fullers Vintage Ales I case you have not figured it out. This rates right up there with the best. Sampled along a 1999, 2000 (which I am about to rate) and 2004. I want, no make that NEED another bottle. Please!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of oak, some fruit, caramel, earthy. Tastes of dark fruit, spice, slightly tarte in a complimentary way. Finish yields more woody hints.
berkshirejohn (6330) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #12201. Slightly cloudy reddish copper, with a beige head that faded almost immediately leaving some light carbonation; rich fruit cake aroma, with vine fruits, port and brandy; rich vinous sherry-like flavours, deep and warming but with a slightly rough edge, then becoming smoother with a caramel and toast body before a warming finish. This vintage seems to be past its best.
egajdzis (6316) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Bottle # 15601... Poured a caramel color with a very small off white head, with very light lacing on the glass. Aroma of apples, plums, spice, nuts and caramel malts. Taste was more sweet malts and spices, nuts, a tart citrus hoppiness, and a light alcohol.
Beer5000 (6266) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550 ml bottle sampled January 2012. Hazy, reddish brown body with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma has a light hint of oxidation, but not really annoying, there is caramel malt, light fruit and a fine alcoholic touch of Sherry/Madeira. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, fruity and a mild kind of bitterness in the direction of bitter fruit. Fine body and a smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste. Almost ten years old and the most fruity flavor of the vintage series.
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body: † Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2 † † Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 3 † † Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head: † None(1)->Large(5) : 3 † White(1)->Tan(5) : 2 † Lasting: 2 † Lacing : 1
Intensity : 4 †
Yeast : 2 † Bread : 2 † Apple : XX † Tropical Fruits : 2 † Soap : XX † DMS : XX † Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX †
Malt : 4 † Biscuity : 2 † Hay : XX † Toasty : 3 † Caramel : 3 † Nuts : 2 † Honey : XX † Cereals : XX † Grainy : XX
Hops : 2 † Noble(1)->American(5) : † Leafy : 1 † Spicy : 2 † Floral : 2 † Lemon/Lime : XX † Grapefruit : XX † Orange : 2 † Herbal : XX † Grassy : XX † Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX †
Notes : † Peach/Apricot : XX † Earth : 2 † Mint : XX † Butterscotch : XX † Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 † Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 † Sourness : XX † Bitterness : 2 † Complex : XX † Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3 † Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2 † Clean : XX † Sharp : XX † Watery : XX † Oily : XX † Chalk : XX † Astringent : XX † Alcohol : 2 † Mineral : 1 † Oxidation : XX † Metallic : XX
Comments: A rather earthy and fruity year, less citric than the most recent and plumier, more vinous.
TheBeerGod (6155) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Purchased by duff at White Horse on Parsons Green. Copper body with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with some grain and rum-soaked fruit notes. Taste is raisiny with alcohol, sweet malts, rum cake and spiced fruits. Body has light carbonation sharpness but is slick and a bit sticky. Finish is sweetened malts, ripe fruit and spice with mild alcohol notes.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange colour with a medium off-white head. Sweet caramel malty, hoppy, spicy aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet light dry finish.
jgb9348 (6003) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber in colour with an orange tint & thin off-white head. Aroma of pit fruits, raisins, alcohol, malt and toffee. Full-bodied; Strong sweetness but very mellow-vanilla and oakness are very noticeable. Overall, great to try at this age-itís almost flawless. I sampled this beer from a 50 cL bottle after the RB party at Founderís in Alexandria, Virginia at Mikeís (the_beer_god) hotel room on 20-November-2004.
SilkTork (5666) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 March, 2003Desperation sets in. Only three beers in the house that I havenít tried. One is a Brasserie de Clerck (sad French beers), one is a Cantillion lambic, and the other is this. I was planning on letting it age a bit more before drinking, but I couldnít face the other two beers, so I opened this. Syrup sweetness, not impressed. Lovely complex nose - a sort of tea garden salmon. Nice complex finish of cascading hops. And the promise of delights to come in the middle bit which has a satisfying range of sweet malt flavours. But itís all stuck in the middle of a rather cloying sweetness which comes across as rather crude. The hops are excellent, coming through, even in this sticky mess, with a delicate tea flavour. But, at this age, the beer is so undeveloped that the sticky sweet alcohol is the predominant experience. Itís almost unpleasant. I have noticed that the ratings for the Fullerís Vintage have been steadily declining since 1998. Either - like me - people are drinking this too soon, or the quality is declining. Either way, I find this sadly disappointing. [2.7]
Sept, 2006KookFest 2006 Very sweet and very hoppy. Perhaps the hoppiest of the bunch. Toffee in the background. Swamped by hops. A fairly crude beer. Quite clearly a fairly simple strong ale. [2.6]