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%
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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
Rasmus40 (20648) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 25, 2016
UPDATED: APR 26, 2016 Bottle from Best of Beers. Clear dark red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 250416

3.9
fiulijn (20498) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
Aged 2 years
Dark amber color, with a spectacular, generous, creamy head. The aroma is malty, not too strong, with caramel, light spices, hazelnuts, showing some complexity. Malty taste, with loads of caramel; the mouthfeel is drier than usual, but becoming rounder when the beer is really warmer. The final is long, bitter with a lot of caramel. Less impressive than other vintages.

3.9
Theydon_Bois (19510) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting, thanks Tom - 21/12/12. Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head that soon dissipates to the edge of the vessel. Nose is dark fruits, figs, dates, dark sugars, musty notes. Taste comprises dark fruit, sugars, almond, figs, hint of pine, nuttyness, dose of boose. Full end of medium bodied with soft fine carbonation lending towards a sweet boozey finish. Good complex flavours meld together well to give a decent vintage, now some 9 years old.

4.1
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle #58410. AMber, somewhat hazy, with a nice offwhite head. Great aroma from malts, milky, creamy, toffee, vanilla, nutty notes, some figs, some fruit and with milk chocolate. Malty flavor, some glue, toffee notes, hops are more present than it was in aroma, strong malty finish without letting alcohol through. Whisky notes in flavor. Classy bottle, classy lable, classy beer....

4.2
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at Beer Exposed. Enjoyed with Magic_Dave6. I enjoy all of the Fullers Vintage beers and I think to some extent they are under rated in the UK. Good toffee marmalade and hops. It was a lot better than the 2007 we drank it next to. Just so well balanced and the peppery hop vs the cake fruity malt was superb.

3.4
saxo (18301) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle #34639. nice head with ok duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sugar, malt and some alcohol.

3.7
Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Shiny copper colour. Aroma is heavy caramel, toasty viennaish malts, a little mineral. The palate is richly caramelly, with lots of brown sugar...rich, syrupy. It has its moments I suppose but isn’t really to my taste.

3.5
TBone (17533) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled #1792
Nut brown color, decent brownish head, which collapses quickly. Lacks evident "vintage nose", which was in 2003 bottle sampled in the same session. Some vanilla, cream and oak in the aroma. Liquerish, fudge, oaky hops and alcohol. Seems that 2004 vintage still has "a fresh touch" in it compared to earlier vintages (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 sampled in the same session).

3.7
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 50cl. Bottle # 62497. A clear, copper colored beer topped by a small, beige head. Oxidation, some alcohol and a touch of honey on the nose. Dried fruits and sherry also chimes in. The flavor has caramel and some camphor, as well as dried fruits and hints of honey. It’s lightly warming on the palate, full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Lasting finish with caramel and dried fruits. A quite tasteful one, next to easy drinkable. 120106

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Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2008
55cl bottle. Trade with Bierkoning. Thanks. Having tasted 05,06,07 the expectations were high with this one .. Poured hazy deep amber/orange with a off white creamy head. Matured & sweet malty aroma - caramel, plum & quite vinous. Low carbonation. Very round, mild, soft, sweet & balanced mothhfeel & taste. Lots of dark fruits, caramel & a vinous/port feel. Oily & sticky palate. Pleasant warmth from alcohol. Ends slightly dry. Just a damm great vintage ale!!!


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