slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
a touch hoppier than in earlier vintages but the same depth of malt that keeps me coming back most years. good stuff. zacgillbanks (5651) - 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! madmitch76 (26366) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
24th May 2013Scopey (16223) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2012
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.
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. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Vertical tasting with 2001, 2008, 2009 and served in Fuller no--nik pint glass:
imdownthepub (15513) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
App :Slightly hazy deep amber with mahogany highlights, small frothy head and some spotty lace. Aroma: Very heavy marzipan and crystal malt influence, grassy and noble hops, some minty and dill esters, a touch of lemongrass and heather, raisins and dates. You can almost smell an old wool sweater when approaching this beer.
The taste starts with heavy marzipan, prune, pear, bready and yeast. Unlike the great FVA of the past this never seems to go to another level. Almost one dimensional which I find almost shocking. Seems too sweet and bready versus that forceful noble hop character often found with these.
I was very happy to land a bottle of 2003 but now I tasted it, I would rather have many bottles of the easier to find 2009. This did not age nearly as well as 1998, 99, nor 2001. That makes me sad.
Bottle conditioned, 500ml, No. 04341. Chestnut with beige head. Super beer, smooth, malty and port like, warming on a cold night with tints of alcohol. The hops are still present in a peppery like note. Great stuff. Rune (13720) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2009
500ml bottle, No. 51280, many thanks to Richard for sharing. Pours an orange-amber coloured body, partly cloudy and with a tiny, but lasting, filmy layer on the surface. Smooth aroma of dried fruits and sweet malts. Rich, blended flavour of dried apricots, plums, raisins and prunes on a backbone of soft tartness. Discreet hints of yeast. Long-lived, bittersweet tail. Rounded and soft in the mouth. A tasty drink for very special occasions (dinner party, Tromsdalen 24.10.2009). Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of fruit, caramel, spice, citrus. Tastes resiny with some fruity hints and caramel. Finish yields some earthiness. 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.