Fullerís Vintage Ale 2004

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
95,000 bottles were produced for 2004ís 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Bottle No. 78450
A light head forms from the pour that disipates in due time, no lacing. A string of light bubbles along with a goliath bubble rise to the surface every few seconds. The color is a mix of scotch and cherry, almost tawny colored. The nose is brightly malty like freshly milled grains along with a spicy hop bite and light perfume. The flavor has a light fig note to it along with that sweet fresh caramel taste and a bit of rosey alcohol scratches your palate as it goes down. A bit immature and childish right now, definately needs more aging time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3872) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
Bottle conditioned (#9051), from Sainsburys. Bronze, good fluffy lasting white head and a good prickle of natural condition. Obvious alcohol in the nose with traces of peppery hop and marmelade. Full bodied and tangy with some orange notes, pleasant hoppiness and a touch of oak but still with the alcohol noticable. Good solid blend of sweet marmelade maltiness, a tangy hop bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
Aroma of malt, caramel, creme brule and allspice. Opaque orange/red, tiny tan head, lots of carbonation, and yards of lace. Tastes of plums, raisins, almonds, caramel, treacle, alcohol is apparent, with malt and some hops. Complex, very well balanced given itís age, creamy smooth, delightfully bitter. Wonderfull! In a few years this should be something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle #67616. Just like the Fullers 03, but thinner. Needs some time to develop. Thanks to Bu11zeye for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2005
My fourth Fullerís vintage ale (after 1998, 2002, 2003) and the one that impressed me the least. Fairly clear, dark amber appearance although all the yeast in the bottle was poured. Creamy, off-white and rapidly dissipating head. Quit weak fruity, sweet aroma, caramel, raisins and some hops in the flavor. The body was surprisingly thin and disappointing compared to other vintages. All in all, a sophisticated but kind of dull brew. As you can see, this was my first rating on ratebeer. Glad to be here. Cheers everybody from Finland!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
An English Ale in name this might be, but tastewise this is like sipping the most silky-smooth of dark Belgians -- with its outstanding creaminess, rock-steady head and fabulous mouthfeel, this matches some of the best from that land of moules frittes. Thereís a very definite supreme quality feel about this lovely brew, with an overall wow-appeal that beggars description. And, mind you, this is not even a cellared version, imbibing this godly liquid as early as January 2005. Very reminiscent of Malheur 12, but this strikes me as even more luxurious. Worth the high asking price in Denmark (Ä7,25).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4142) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottle #67616, at the end of a vertical with 1999, 2002, and 2003. Lots more head on the pour than any of the other vintages. Very shapr, clear amber appearance. Much fresher, grassy, slightly pickle juice aroma. Much livelier palate as well. Quick caramel finish, some lingering metallic notes. Definitely one I will need to try with a few years on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2005
A soft tempting malt and Christmas spice aroma, smooth as silk malt with vanilla and butterscotch hints,as good as a palate can get, wonderfully blended, but just not big enough to be rated any higherat least yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle 39152. Golden ale with reddish copper hues, and a thcik creamy off-white head. Good malty aroma with sweet sugar and scotch barrel notes. Light malt base with stricking alcohol warmth lingering pleasantly in mouth. Some pears detected. Good hops in finsih, with roasted nuts notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle number 60735--one pint. Pours a cloudy ruby amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hoppy, fruity aroma with notes of wheat and orange...maybe grapefruit as well. Sharp, full flavor of citrus and hops. Finishes with a hoppy punch. Leaves the palate craving a bit more, however. Overall, not bad, not bad.

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