Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2003

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (5076) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Darlington. 2003: Drank 2014-08-21, Score 5. Aged for 11 years. A dark amber coloured beer that pours with a creamy foam head. It has burnt toffee, currants and warming rich red fruity flavours, spicy and peppery hops followed by liquorice, oak and leather and alcoholic warmth on the finish. Very Good indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2005
Tea-like tannins underscore floral, citrus hops. Clear copper coloured body with low white head that recedes to ring. Tannin-full, toffee, caramel flavour with light fruitiness and moderate bitterness. Medium-full sticky body with fairly fizzy carbonation. Bottle sampled at RBESG 2005.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. One that I actually took along! Very smooth, tasty indeed - some Barley Wine flavours, but palatable. Strong finish - very tasty. Superb balance. Excellent, though I’d still like to try it aged in a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
Lightly hazed deep orange copper color with a thin off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some mild yeasty phenols and candy notes. The flavor is malty and semi-sweet that dries out some with a mild to moderately bitter finish. Some warmth. A little grapey. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4142) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottle #31435. Vegetal, musty, green, caramel, more smoky aroma (compared in vertical to 1999, 2002, 2004 vintages). Also a brand-new poncho vinyl edge. Very drinkable, nevertheless, as the flavors are more sympathetic renditions, with some fruit and typical caramel complements. Orange with reddish huges, good head. Not as rich but a soft carbonation doesn’t intrude.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3872) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Amber bronze, moderate white head with some lace and low fine condition. Low hop, malt and orange in the aroma but all quite muted. Quite dry and thin in the mouth with a hint of malt whisky and a suggestion of oakiness. Drab hop bitter finish with some trace alcohol notes. Very dry, thin and disappointing, not up to the usual standard but still drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3870) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
Bottled. RBESG -05. Amber colour. Light-ish mouthfeel with a mature feel. Almond and cognac notes. Vineous and rounded. And dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Dark amber color with a thick sticky head. Aroma is alcohol with sweet malt and some dried fruits. By far the freshest of the Fullers I had that night at Erics. Taste is creamy with flavors of toffee, caramel and mellow pine notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle from the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Fuller’s Brewery in London, England in May 2005. Bottle #15901. Rich copper colour, long lasting beige head, cool puffy lace. The aroma was sweet, lots of caramel malts, christmas cake, fruit cake, apples, some floral hops and small amounts of alcohol. The flavour had some hops (pine mainly), lots of sweet caramel malts, cookies, the alcohol is starting to disappear with this vintage. Dry mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering medium bitterness, slightly dry. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured hazy amber with thin tan head...smell is smoked meat and greasy...all around sweet followed up with a mild bitterness...alcohol was a little more apparent in this...

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