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. JayBaxter (407) - 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. 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 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. 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.
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.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Tasting to celebrate Quintana’s firstborn coming home from the hospital (thanks Sandy!). Beautiful deep amber with rocky white head. Big nose of apples, cherries, sherry, cider vinegar, caramel malt, raisins. Flavor is tart, vinegary, and fruity, over a nicely sweet toasty malt. Crisp and medium-full on the palate, with a tangy aftertaste of cider. A fair amount of heat from the alcohol, implying a much higher abv than 8.5%. Very nice. A perfect compliment to a perfect day. Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From my backlog. Tasted side-by-side with a 2002 version. This was the weaker of the two by a large margin. Much less malt intensive in flavour, but did still have a nice noble hop aroma that was far more intense than the 2002. This showed itself as being a bit off-balanced and out of line. Some residual sweetness present with bits of toffee characteristic of the style. A bit of phenolic character going on and a bit off overall. Really an off-year for this offering. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2004
Bottle 2004, bottle no 84729, sipped on 10/09
Medium pour in a brandy glass.
Poured orangey brown with a medium quickly diminishing off-white fizzy head with a ring of lacing.
Smelt of toffee, caramel apples, raisins, almost port like.
Taste was upfront light bitter sweet piney barley sugar with whiskey tones followed by a light maple syrup sweetness and moderate whiskey bitterness and light nutty bite on a moderate length finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied, velvety and creamy, lightly carbonated tiny bubbles that caress and tickle the tongue, heavy alcoholic feel and light astringency.
Overall, a beer that feels like drinking a very light whiskey. The flavors are wonderful and complex albeit maybe a bit nuanced and light at first, the palate is pampered, the aroma and appearance are straightforward and inviting. Time for a cigar! Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Sampled from bottle # 90657. Pours clear copper-brown with a lasting, creamy light tan head and intricate lacing. Aroma is complex with dark, ripe fruit and rich malts. Subtle spice notes present as well. Strong malt flavor is accompanies by a vinous/dark fruit yeastiness (think trappist yeast) and spicy hops. Slightly sweet finish, but still very drinkable. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Very well-made beer!