Fuller's Vintage Ale 2004

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England

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RATINGS: 365   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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4.1
Leighton (22836) - 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)

3.4
Rasmus40 (22174) - 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
Theydon_Bois (21516) - 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.

3.9
fiulijn (21516) - 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.

3.4
saxo (19583) - 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.

4.2
harrisoni (19559) - 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.

3.7
Oakes (19434) - 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.

4.1
rlgk (18843) - 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....

3.5
TBone (18568) - 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).

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FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2009 (7:4:8:5:16=4.0)
Dry grainy aroma, really nutty. Soft carbonation. Very dry palate. Raisins in the taste accompany a rich malt with loads of dry nutty papers. Some plum too. Do add some of the sediment - it adds to the aroma and the taste - bumps up the fruitiness. The hoppiness is very bitter, and quite biting. The finish is dry and aged, and very very long. Great hoppy bite and great balance. And great raisins.
Rerate: 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2014 (7:4:8:4:15+=3.8)
Dusty aroma, slightly old. Sweet and simple nice barley wine, but seems diluted. Not peaking any more, perhaps. Toffee malts hook me the more I drink. Amazingly light palate. Still grand, but not as good as the 5-year-old.


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