Theydon_Bois (20497) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Beer Clerko, 08/07/13, massive thanks to Fin for gifting me this one. #34840.
Murky amber orange with a thin beige head that dissipates edgeward leaving a film.
Nose is woody, walnuts, dark fruits, sugars, dates, slightly dank and musty, light oxidisation.
Taste comprises mellow vanilla notes, dark fruits, tobacco, dates, prunes, sugars, leather, nutty tones.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate.
This has held up really well some 11 years on - pleasing as I’ve had some duds from the older vintages in the past. rosenbergh (11760) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
550 ml bottle. Bottle #39274. (Fuller’s) London, the UK. The Grand Vintage Tasting. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
Darkish slightly cloudy amber colour with a tiny tan head.
Sweet chocolate, fudge, dark fruits, vanilla and mild alcohol in the aroma.
The flavour is dry liquorice, sweetness, bready malt, mild hops and toffee sweetness. Smooth. Rich.
Don Bible, now there's some memories. We've finished all these beers and it's 3:00 in the morning, our palates are pretty much shot and he breaks out a Fullers Vintage Ale. Well, what can you do, drink it I guess. Dark orange appearance. Nice fruity aroma. Smooth, very malty body. Finishes relatively bitter. Good beer, best before 3:00. Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2004
Bottled. Amber with a soft, smooth beige head. Big ripe cherry aroma, with lots of sweet malts. Alcohol is prominent on the nose but is more acceptable on the palate. Sweet flavour that lingers something chronic on the palate. The flavours naturally change as it warms and as the palate tires. Sweetness transitions into a thick bitterness which becomes hard work. Very impressive that so much of everything could be packed into a beer but generally that’s not the point. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle #15605. Nice amber body with a smallish white head. Aroma of hops, malt and caramel with an alcoholic follow up. Barleywine like, sweet with touches of caramel. Hot alcohol finish but pleasantly so. Full bodied but not syrupy. Lingering aftertaste of pleasantly sweet alcohol. Thanks for sharing DuctTape.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Caramel toffee aroma with a touch of choc and yeast. Brown with small head. Sweet caramel with a yeasty mid and sweet though dry finish. Smooth. Nice. ReRate (-1 Overall): Sweet but balanced with a lovely spiced finish. Very morish. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin ring of light tan head. Aged toasted caramel malty aroma has a touch of light fruits and brown sugar. Body starts fairly sweet and full with nice caramel sugar notes along with mild strawberries and dough. Seems to have aged pretty well and goes down smooth, hiding the alcohol. berkshirejohn (6618) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2008
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. evergreen0199 (3460) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle from my ever expanding collection of Fullers vintages. An amber coloured pour with a small off white head on top. Aroma of dark fruit, sherry and malt. Tastes of caramel, spice, sweet, port like, slightly hoppy. Nice complexity. Jolly good stuff. BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Decent but gone to the wrong side of vintage for my liking. All plums and raisins with a massive whack of alcohol. Tricky.