Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2004

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
[4084-20111101] 500mL bottle. Mild floral grains aroma, not much going on. Hazy, brown amber body with a quick creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel roast flavour has an odd toasted seeds and tea cola note. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(Vertical Tasting w/ DuctTape, jerc, others)

4.1
Leighton (21232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours clear, amber-red with a soft, white head. Nice, aged caramel nose, very slight oxidation present, dark malts, mild leather. Great flavor, lots of toasty sugar. A bit more of a ballsy flavor than the 2005. Nice rich fruits, light licorice, cake. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, notes of candied fruits, faint spice, mild alcohol, light toffee. Very solid. (4.2)

Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London Holiday Tasting - thanks to Tom! Pours cloudy copper. Nice aged malts, ripe fruits, bread, dates, figs. Light warmth throughout. Tasty. Good shape. (3.9)

4.1
barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
500ml bottle from a trade. shared with jsprime. brown with a tan head. nice age english strong ale aroma. wonderful port nose and flavour. this one has aged aged like a champ. this makes me wonder how all the other vintages are doing in my cellar. i can only hope they will be this good. good bottle or good year? highly enjoyable.

3.7
laiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2011
50 cl bottle #12216. Rated on 27.11.2010
Rather light aroma feels belgian and has something in common with Stille Nacht. It has raisins and toffee and hints of something old. Sweet flavour has toffee. A bit past its prime I guess, but very good still!

3.6
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrup’s - thanks. Clear brown - white head. Nutty. Dryness. Nice malty. Wooden notes. Valnuts. Light dusty. Nice.

3.7
Pinball (12145) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
shared by ungstrup, thanks a lot. cloudy brown, smooth light brown head. old hops, malts, dry aroma. flavor is malty, dry, sweet malty, faint oxidized hops. slightly flowery sweet .

3.5
sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrup’s - Thanks. Pours a clear brown with a small off-white head. Quite sweet with lots of vanilla aromas. Also tiny peppery hints. Full bodied. Soft carbonation.

4.1
TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours a medium amber, slightly hazy. Big, complex, still quite youthful nose, malt, chocolate, nuts. Full bodied, off-dry. Rich, complex, malty taste, chocolate, almonds, marzipan. Dry, bitter finish. (2010-10-20)

3.6
phaleslu (10244) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks a bundle, Dan! Number 91051. Pours a clear amber color with almost no head. Resembles a barley wine in aroma- lots of toffee, raisins, brown sugar, and rich caramel malt notes. Flavor of toffee, raisins, grapes, apples, oak, and caramel malts- just a little bit tart and sour, which probably wasn’t intentional but worked well for me. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet but thin mouthfeel. I’d be interested to try more of these.

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JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
This was quite a good beer. Lots of complex caramel sweetness and some dark fruits i.e. figs and raisins. I tasted even a slight dark plum from this beer. Very nicely done.


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