Fuller's Vintage Ale 2003

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
50,000 bottles were brewed using a traditional recipe of Target, Challenger and Northdown hop varieties. The taste is rich with notes of marmalade, raisins and Christmas cake; the spicy hops well balanced with a pleasant bitterness.

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3.8
Ungstrup (38248) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
A dark amber beer with a thick orange head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of prunes, but also over ripe fruits, and hints of wood. The flavor is very sweet and very complex with notes of fruit, prunes, and wood, as well as light notes of alcohol. Leading to a dry citrusy bitter end.

3.7
joergen (28977) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
Bottled at RBESG 2005. Hazy brown coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits and marzipan. Sweet flavour of dried fruits with notes of marzipan.

4
anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. # 48335. Pours an amber colour with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of dark fruits. Also some hints of caramel. Sweet malty toffee and caramel flavor. Also dark fruits in the flavor. Long malty warming finish with some slightly bitterness in the aftertaste.

4
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is raisins, malts and alcohol with mild touches of vanilla and wood. Flavour is quite sharp alcohol, grass, raisins, sweet malts, hops and some wooden and vanillaish notes.

3.4
madmitch76 (25344) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
24th May 2013
Bottle at Akkurat. Bottle 48130. Bloody expensive but good to catch up with at last! Clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Slow gushed for about a minute and then settled down. Palate is softish and airy. Semi dry with fine carbonation. Clearly aged this is nonetheless tasty beer. Sweet caramel malts, slight Madeira streak. Mild sweet dried fruits. Whisper of paper. Finishes semi dry. Well integrated and smooth but obviously past it’s best.

4.1
Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Bottle # 31444. Slightly hazy, dark amber with a dense, light brown head. Very concentrated sherry aroma. Full-bodied, lightly sweet body with some overripe fruit, apricots and light notes of sherry - sherry vats perhaps. Quite some warming alcohol in the finish. Excellent. 201206

4.2
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
The bottle has been shaken, so it pours a cloudy amber color, with a generous head, thick. The aroma is malty, sweet, a bit fruity light aroma of apples, light aroma of fudge. The mouthfeel is good; the flavor is malty, sweet, with sweet caramel and fudge, very light fruitness (ripe apples); the final shows a rising bitterness, with toffee traces, lasting long; everything is well mixed together, a very good example of brewing art; warming alcohol, makes you feel like sitting by the fireplace; almost with no sign of age.
Thanks Anders37 for sharing this!

3.3
Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Golden-brown; aroma of brown sugar, bourbon, pecans. Notes of lemon, toffee, brown sugar, pears and alcohol. Stiffer than other years, to my tastebuds.

3.3
TBone (18082) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #14419
Nut brown color, small off-white head. Nutty, vintage aroma, similar to 2000 vintage (sampled in this same session), but weaker. Dry liquerish and a bit cellary flavor. Alcoholic, woody hoppy, a bit harsh. I suppose that this is something what vintage 2007 will be over the years.

3.4
Scopey (15474) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle at Akkurat. It pours deep mahogany brown, thin off-white head. The nose is rather sweet, tangerine, orange peel, Christmas cake, spice and Brown sugar. The taste is wood, leather, brown sugar, honey, date, raisin, currant, spice and orange pith, with a very dry finish. Full body, fine carb and slightly sticky mouth-feel. An enjoyable beer, but not one of the best Fuller vintages.


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