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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3.9
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottle # 47012 Pours a clear rich amber colour with a thick tan head. Aromas of malt, brown sugar, caramel apple and some alcohol. Good tasting brew with notes of caramel, malt, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Has a good bitter hop finish. This was a good beer and I can’t wait to see how it ages.

4.9
mribm (463) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
NOTE: THIS IS THE SAME RATING THAT I GAVE TO THE 2006 VINTAGE SINCE THEY TASTED IDENTICAL TO ME.
AROMA: Smelled of butterscotch, with a hint of malt.
APPEARANCE: The bottle said to pour carefully (since it was bottle aged and contained sediment) therefore the beer poured with no head and was a cloudy light copper color.
FLAVOR: This was my favorite part. It was butterscotch, biscuit like malt and alcohol in a very tasty combination. I normally like the alcohol hidden, however in this beer it added another dimension to it.
PALATE: This was a chewy beer, with ample carbonation due to the slow pour and a delicious finish of sweet butterscotch and alcohol.
OVERALL: I loved this beer! This was the second Vintage Ale from Fullers that I’ve had, however it will not be the last. An absolute masterpiece in beer brewing history!

3.8
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2006
Just found a bottle in the back of my cooler. Deep, intens amber with thin white head. Cane sugar, caramel, spice and malt. Sweetness is very dominent, but still with a bit hops.

3.1
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Murky red/brown, very thin, very quickly dissipating, off white head. Aroma of fruit, toffee, brandy, caramel malt. Sweet taste, light sour and light bitter finish.

4.1
JayBaxter (406) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2004
Wonderful mahogany colour with a very thin head.Incredibly rich treacle toffee flavour,sweet & smokey palate.Extreamly good beer,I really enjoyed it!! Im going to lay one down to sample in a few years time.

3.6
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
bronze copper color with a light tan head. yeasty caramel aroma with a subtle fruitiness. medium sticky body, actually a little less thick than I expected. chocolate caramel flavor with yeast and oranges. i listed what i tasted under the sourness that implied a badly stored beer, 2004 and i bought it from a place that doesn’t really know about alcohol, what do you expect. i think, disregarding that though, this would have been a good strong

3.6
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle no 45655. Light tan head on top of a deep copper colored beer. The malty aroma leads to a fullbodied - almost sirupy -, malty palate with alcohol and hops. The finish is long and bitter with hints of licorice.

3.8
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Huge Brownish white head. Amber color. Smells of cherries with a hint of whisky. Nose goes malty sweet to bitter in mid palate and burns at the end of the palate with a slight bitter and dry finish. Nice complicated palate very signature. The bitterness is hard to place.

2.1
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. Clear dark copper with a thin beige head. Nose: raisons, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Taste: alcohol, vanilla, hazelnuts, toffee and did I mention ?, alcohol. Might be a nice beer in a few years but it’s too young and raw right now.


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