Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2002

 
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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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2.6
SilkTork (5763) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 March, 2003Desperation sets in. Only three beers in the house that I haven’t 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 couldn’t 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 it’s 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. It’s almost unpleasant. I have noticed that the ratings for the Fuller’s 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]

3.6
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
Bottle. Glad we finished off the ight with this. The aroma wasn’t so good, with slight hints at maple syrup, smelt like it was going to be too sticky to drink. The palate was very nice. A little sweet, but i expected that, rich, raisiny flavour, with slight hints of maple syrup. Some slightly caramelly salty, sherry like qualities to finish off, this was really nice. Good to share it with fellow ratebeerers.

3.3
johndoughty (5472) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle.Muddy brown appearance and left some sediment.Medium body with a lot of sweetness that lingered for a long while. Tried nine years after it was released and it hasn’t aged well. Not one of their good years.

3.5
Beersiveknown (5296) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
[email protected] 10/12/11. Sherry and muscavado sugar nose though over-boozy and some melon-rind.

3.9
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Hazy orange colour with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of wood and alcohol. sweet malty flavor with notes of caramel and oak. Warming alcohol finish.

4
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
Bottled. Deep amber coloured. Big fruity aroma. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Complex. Smooth.

4
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
[email protected] Floral aroma with orange, malts and hints of apple. Hazy, some chunks floating around, beige head, fair lace. Sweet, caramel, herbal, floral, bitter. Oily, full and sticky.

3.9
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle shared by KnutAlbert. Low, mostly lasting white head. Body is unclear, reddish-brown colored. Aroma is quite vinous with a distinct scent of grainy caramel, almost like an american Barley Wine. Taste has a strong malt body, caramelly, soft and rounded. Floral and minty tones, and hint of vanilla, mild pepper, wood and Cherry. A gentle bitterness in the backbone. Warming alcohol and smooth in the mouth. Near full-bodied. Dry, rounded, faint fruity ending. Great beer.

3.8
_angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Sample during tasting @ Ölrepubliken. Pours hazy amber with no head worth mentioning. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, alcohol, toffee, rubber, lemon zest, overripe plums, raisins, sweet dark bread, cherries in liqueur, moist soil and hints of leather and cardboard. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, alcohol, leather, orange zest, moist wood, grass, vanilla fudge and leather. Mouthfeel is round, oily bitter, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with caramel, lemon fudge, wood, leather and grass. Very nice but would probably have been even better about 2 years ago...

4.4
DanielBrown (4520) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (as part of their Old Ale festival), with Joeh, Kook and Maeib. Cloudy, bright beer. No head, but a delicious aroma. Sweet, with alcohol warmth throughout, but never in a domineering way. Pin pricks of dryness and vegetable; sugar and cake mixture too. Deliciously blended and excellent.


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