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: 365   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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Dedollewaitor (16174) - 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!!!

2.5
MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle. Light brown colour, no head. Looks very flat. Semi-sweet, peppery. Could use more flavour. Not good enough for a beer with this high ABV.

2.9
Benzai (15835) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. Clear dark orange color, virtually no head. Aroma is quite sweet. Taste is also pretty sweet, pretty alcoholic, a bit liquor, possibly a hint of sherry. Might be too old. Interesting though.

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bhensonb (15342) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle No. 80804. Beautiful reddish amber color with a very impressive white head. Bits and pieces of lacing all over the glass. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Starts lightly roasted in a vinous sort of way. Heat is noticeable, but it’s warming and doesn’t interfere with the flavors of fruit, especially berry. In fact, though it took a while to hit me, there’s cherry in here. Quite smooth. A bit like a well aged sherry. The finish is woody, dry, malty (still dry) and bitter enough. Dang, but it is a good thing to have.

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.

3.5
Scopey (14987) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours deep amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is gingerbread, spice, nut and sticky dried fruit - raisin, currants, cherry and the like. The taste is sweet tinned fruit (pear, melon, nectarine), wood, sherry, spice and alcohol warmth in the finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and syrupy mouth-feel. Good balance, but can get quite cloying after a while.

3.8
Ratman197 (14964) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
500 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a small lasting light amber head. Aromas of raisins, figs, apples and molasses. Palate was fulll bodied and warming. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, some earthiness and toffee with a smooth warming lingering sweet finish.

3.9
gunnfryd (14961) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, cherry, alcohol, sugar, licorice. Flavour is alcohol, hop, malt, sugar, cherry, licorice. Nice beer.

2.9
DSG (14921) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Vladimir. Clear reddish amber. Oxidized aroma with fruits, malt and cardboard. Sweet malty honey-ish flavor with cookies, chocolate, fruits and a slightly alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied.

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imdownthepub (14751) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle conditioned, No. 04824, 500ml from Sainsburys in Banbury. Brown to toffee colour with cream head. Rich fruity flavours with a port like smooth body, some dark caramel notes in a homogenous but heady mix. Sliky rich finish, very decent.


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