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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Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2004
Bottle No. 12261.
Crimson almost red colour with a quickly dissipating head that fails to hold. Complex raspberry, hop aroma. Complex flavours but that comes through on the initial sip is a strong aniseed flavour, just like eating straight liquorice. Alcohol begins to reveal itself towards the end. Silky mouth feel with an extended palate that goes fare beyond the reaches of mortals.

Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2005
bolttle #31435.another gem from mark. there are many in texas who have sung your praises and i myself bowed in your general direction at some point in the evening as a sign of my appreciation. light brown with a light head. aroma is peppery cold cut smelling and the alcohol is prevalent. taste is raw sugar cane tasting with a noticeable hay and earth hop taste. this tastes like a new tent smells before your brother smokes a bowl in it. nice beer but raw. i dshould have laid this down for a year or so, but i did not have the will to do so.

JFGrind (2054) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottle # 14765. Drank as a vertical tasting with ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 Vintage Ales. The youngest Fullers out of the sampling. Golden color, with more of a caramel flavor and aroma than the previous years. An interesting vertical tasting, thanks again to Eyedrinkale for supplying the Fullers.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
500th English Beer Rated. 550ml bottle. Aroma is malt, alcohol & dried fruits (raisins, sultanas). The beer itself is warming with lots of alcohol apparent, a load of malt, caramel, dried fruit and grape skins. The beer is slightly acidic and has a bitter finish. Interesting and excellent.

MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle 14999. Thanks to Spiesy for getting me this last year. Enjoyed at room temperature. Pours a deep amber with bits of red. Large beige head. Very big malty aroma, raisins, prunes. Taste is a little hot from the alcohol. I wanted to save this for a few years but didn’t. Perhaps the alcohol would have toned down a bit. Sweet initially followed by a mildly bitter finish. Taste is dark fruity. Still a very good drink.

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle #31435. Nose smells very similar to fresh vinyl. Smells like a newly unfolded vinyl tent. Medium bitterness with a low to medium malty bitterness. Thanks to maelb and Kevin 42.

jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2004
Amber color with a white head. The taste is sharp with a light malty flavour. The alcohol makes this beer feel sharp and kind of dry on the palate.

mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2003
deep red-brown, off white head. aroma of toffee, burning hops, roasted sweet malt, nuts and mild citrus. very balanced and malty with a whif of alcohol. the english hop flavours of leaf and celery meld with the citrus int he finish. excellent.

Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 A heavy and strong ale bursting with malt and fruit,alcohol feels a bit harsh this young,but I am sure this will only get better and smoother with time.A keeper for sure.

IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Poured a fizzy mahogany with a small fizzy/frothy off-white head. Aroma of red wine grapes, dark fruits, a bit of piney hoppiness. Flavor follows with fruit notes, biscuit and toffee, a bit of alcohol. Body starting to feel a bit thin and flat after four or five years. Overall still has a nice flavor profile to it, even if perhaps a tad degraded.

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