Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2004

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


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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
95,000 bottles were produced for 2004’s Vintage, which once again employed a traditional approach, this time brewed with Goldings hops and Maris Otter malt. Distinctive cherry notes are evident, before a warming finish that mellows with age. Also limited availability in the Cask, mainly in the London area.

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ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @joes. Copper/brown color. Smells sweet. Tastes sweet, sherry, thin, alcohol. Nice. Rate with a shot sherry.

DutchDrebus (6030) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ joes (mini vertical). Dark copper colour with no real head. Very little smell compared to the others. Tastes nuts, sherry, sweet. Body is very thin compared to the others.

Benzai (15711) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. Clear dark orange color, virtually no head. Aroma is quite sweet. Taste is also pretty sweet, pretty alcoholic, a bit liquor, possibly a hint of sherry. Might be too old. Interesting though.

The_Osprey (8179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
2004 Vintage - #22824. Top notch presentation. Pours murky brown (clear red when held to the light), sparkling, foamy white head. Smell - sherry, sickly sweet liquorice notes, alcohol and slight yeast. Body is medium with a bit of a syrupy feel, slightly foamy, carbonation is medium to low. Taste - more sherry, some whisky, butter toffee, very sweet. There is also a complex savoury side to it - earthy/gravy/vegetal. Good. These beers come across as too sweet for my liking, but interesting and nice to try every so often.

berkshirejohn (6522) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle #15958, sampled in December 2013. A slightly hazy reddish amber pour with a ring of white head; vinous aroma; buttery mouthfeel, with raisins, plums and caramel tastes; and a dry, rather thin, toffee finish, that instills a gentle warmth. Smooth and soft from the aging, but otherwise little different than a more recent vintage.

k0mpsa (2997) - Tuusula, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from luvians, st andrews. Bottle says best before end 2007. Hazy dark brown color, nice beige head. Nice aroma of old wood, malty sweetness, sweet fruits, oak. Taste is balanced belgian-like sweetness, licorice, wood, oak, no signs of alcohol. Aged very nicely.

Kingi (664) - - AUG 30, 2013
excellent, i had the 2009 previously this year so my expectations were a lot lower. aroma is cherry malt sweetness and some licorice type of aroma. muddy brown colour with a tan head. taste is a lot of things, someone else is better at that description. soft mouthfleel and light / medium body.

Holmen2 (3696) - NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
Served freesing cold from bottle at Copenhagen beer festival. Wine-like aroma with some sourness and prunes. Good tasting and quite dry! A hint alcohol of alcohol in first aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too fizzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

Beer5000 (6544) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
500 ml bottle sampled January 2012. Clear amber body with a moderate sized off-white head. Light aroma of caramel malt, fruit and hint of oxidation. Flavor is smooth malty, caramel, dry fruit and moderate bitter. Nice body and OK aftertaste. Nothing really complex, but smooth and well made. Seems to have survived the years in the cellar.

SilkTork (5752) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Sugary. So sweet. Sugar water. These Fuller’s Vintage Ales are not great beers. They’re OK, but they are what they are - beers made from malt and hops. The aging isn’t doing much for them, and there’s not a huge difference from year to year, other than randomness from handling and storage. This one has become quite sweet.

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