Fuller's Vintage Ale 2002

 
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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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skortila (5987) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle @ jbrus’. Aroma is old dusty with tea, apricots, sugar and toffee malts. Hazy, orange coloured with an off-white head. Taste is sweet with some lingering smooth hopbitterness in the finish. It has a bit sticky sweetness and milky chocolate. Quite a nice Vintage ale.

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Grovlam (4253) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2008
Bottle. [Courtesy of Ungstrup, thanks buddy] Large creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Cloudy amber colour. Aroma of overripe fruit, toasted malt, lovely smooth grainy feel. Over the palate came mild bread, light vinous. A bit more complex in the aroma compared to the 2004. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and light alcoholic and thick texture. Moderated sweet and mild bitter flavour. Complex and fruity lingering finishes what was quit smooth and malty at the very end. Excellent.

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KimJohansen (10497) - 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
rauchbier (3934) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2003
January 2003- bumped it up a point after retasting. Aroma has lost some of its sweetness, becoming more like a Highland malt than a drambuie. A hint of cork is now apparent in the mouth and the finish has a little more depth with some spiciness counteracting the dry bitterness. 6 more bottles (and years) to go. July 2002-Bottle label has a subtitle of Special Golden Jubilee Edition, so I am unsure of the availability of this particular vintage, Initial head is good but quickly dissipates, and the condition is relatively low. First aroma is very reminiscent of Drambuie, with a spicy floral honey note but raisins and roast malt soon mask this. Main flavour is of fruity malt with a faint hint of esters and pear drops. Finish is dry and short with a hint of alcohol.

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Volgon (2761) - 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.

3.9
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
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.

3.9
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2005
Amber with an offwhite head. Aroma is great from exotic fruits, a clear maltiness with vanilla and actually some strawberries. Nutty notes and some almond. Flavor is malty, but I find the alcohol too strong to rate this a top beer.

3.9
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Straw malty nose. Much less sweetness than the ’99. Very earthy taste that reminds me of the way rabbit food smells. Lots of caramel and smoke. Thanks to maelb and Kevin42 for making this tasting possible.

3.9
Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Once again i am indebted to the great man from the other side for this one. let me know if i can commit some sort of violent act or something for you mark, i owe you as do a few other grateful north texas beer lovers. pours a red hued brown with a bubbled light head. sweet aroma with a nice grassy hop note. taste is sweet and slightly smokey malt, not smokey robinson smokey, but it is there. wonderful sweet bread finish. a wonderful beer.


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