Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2004

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%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2004 bottle No 84518 - sampled on 12/31/2010 in a tulip glass. Pours a fairly cloudy deep amber color with tiny tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma is very oaky, with loads of raisens, dates, honey, deep caramel. Flavor is fairly oaky with caramel, orange peel, hint of chocolate. Finish is balanced, with a bit of metallic bitterness. Palate is a bit watery. This is good overall, not my favorite of the series but still good. Maybe a bit past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick tan head that faded quickly. Nicely carbonated related to the age, with a big aroma of obvious caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Winey flavor with slight oxidation, some cherry and more of the toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle No. 84994. Poured murky reddish brown with a medium sized beige head. Bready malty aroma with notes of alcohol and dark fruits and maybe a touch of honey. Mild carbonation. Mild cardboard (thanks Ernest!). Dark fruit notes, a bit of cherries and a bit of brown sugar round out the flavor. First taste was a tad harsh from alcohol but it mellowed out before I finished it. Good beer for 7 years old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
Appearance:Brow, hazy. Disappearing head. Nose: Swwt, dark toffee. Winy, slight vinegar. Balsamico? Oloroso Sherry. Mouthfeel: Soft, round, already quite light. Flavor: Spanish mazapan, cognac, Sherry. Aftertaste is mellow and pleasant. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (12071) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
Deep mahogany coloured body to a shiny surface. Smell of dried fruits and bready malts. Malt-covered raisin, apricot and prunes in flavour along with hints of spices. Dry hopped bitter end. Full bodied, vinous and warming. Very pleasing, however, rather sweet in the long run. Bottle 0,5l, vintage 2004, No. 22398, shared with Finn at White Horse, London 5 Oct 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finn (7039) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
Flaske 0,5l på White Horse, Parsons Green 5 Okt 10. Flaske nr. 22398 - påspandert av Rune henimot slutten på vår ukelange studietur til England. Dyp mahogny på farge. Lavt kremskum. Behagelig vinøs sherry-aroma. Plommer & svisker. Eikepreg. Fyldig smak: Plommer, rosiner & sherry. Eikepreg i avslutningen. Smakene er godt integrert. Uklar siste kvell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle #50322. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in an English pint glass. Pours clear red-amber with a tall, frothy tan head. The head has great retention and leaves a nice amount of fine lace on the glass. On the nose, there are aromas of cherry, brandy, caramel, vanilla, yeast and a hint of dust. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with complex, fruity notes leading to a long, sherry finish. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with an ultra-smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a beautiful strong, fruity ale with a complex malt character. It is strong, with warming notes of brandy and sherry, but also smooth and very mellow. I have been sitting on this bottle since release, wondering what might happen to it; it has matured beautifully. 2010-09-19

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
espenra (1006) - Kurland, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2010
50cl bottle. Number 27876. A gift from a very good friend. This bottle has been in my cellar for several years and it was time to drink it since it is best before 2007-12-31. It poured an orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of yeast, dark red fruits and some dust. Reminds me of a sherry or a port. The flavour is very smooth and well rounded. Notes of malts, dark red fruits, alcohol, syrup and hints of hops. Medium long aftertaste. I was very anxious to try this beer since the best before date was almost 3 years ago, but neither the aroma or the flavour has deteriorated. A really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (8082) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle number 85320 consumed August 2010. Pours a transparent, muddy amber with a clumpy, white head. Smells of figs, raisins, rum, brown sugar, caramel, a little port, just a touch oxidized. Flavor is cinnamon cake icing, brown sugar, vanilla, cardamon, raisins, figs, candied orange zest, port, sherry, sweet sugary icing, cherry cough drops. Finish is full bodied and still a touch sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle number 77830 thanks to Kramer. Drank with six years of age on it. Pours a dark mahogany color that brightens up with light, a medium gray head. The aroma is fruity, dusty, yeast, port. A typically understated and great Fullers Vintage Ale flavor; robust fruit, very dusty and mellow, port and ancient wine remains. Quite drinkable, almost a slightly tart wood and cherry flavor. Excellent.

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