Fuller's Vintage Ale 2002

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

3.5
Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
Bright amber; chewy, malty, earthy, touch of hop. Like the others, but with youth on its side compared with the usual year or two that most people put on these before they drink them.

3.5
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Almost no head at all slight spiciness with an alcohol aroma. Flavor was ok but i feel this would be a much better brew if it had some more age.I will rerate this again in 1 year after the other 3 can grow some more hair on them.

3.5
TBone (18217) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Reddish color, small firm off-white head. Sweet portwine aroma - very developed. Sweet and roasted taste: coffee and alcohol. Very drinkable.

3.5
chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2004
Bottled at the White Horse, Parsons Green. The colour was somewhat difficult to gauge as the pub was so crowded that we had to sit outside in the dark. The aroma didn’t augur well. Malt dominates, but it has a very distinct cereal character and sweetness, that I didn’t find very appealing. However, all was redeemed on the palate. There’s plenty of malty sweetness, but a good dollop of spicy hops counterbalance that nicely. Rich, complex, fruit cake flavours put in an appearance too. Long, dried fruit finish, with the hops lasting the distance. Definitely a beer of two halves. Overall, good, but not outstanding.

3.5
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vertical tasting -97, -00, 02 and -03 with official representatives from the brewery. 3rd one ever held by Fuller’s
In addition to the commersial description First Gold hops were also used, as per Fuller’s head brewer. This is definately more developed than -03. Still, though, has potential for more. Bread, toffee. Soft (don’t want to use the sm**th-word). Quite malty for a vintage beer.

3.5
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2005
Amber/orange, offwhite head. Aroma from sweet fruit, vanilla and strawberries, almond, nuts and red wine. Flaovr brings alcohol and almond, somewhat fruity. Aroma is much better than the flavor

3.5
Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
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.

3.5
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. hazy amber colour with a medium moslty lasting creamy head. Rich aroma and taste of malts, hops, fruits and citrus. Softly carbonated.

3.5
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
Poured a hazy orange with a brown tint and small begie head. Full thick dark fruits, sweet malt, some woody character and alcohol. Full malty flavor with raisins and chocolate. Some aged notes. Semi-sweet start and a drying finish. Decent warmth.


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