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%
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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2.9
DSG (15237) - 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.

3.6
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrup’s - thanks. Clear brown - white head. Nutty. Dryness. Nice malty. Wooden notes. Valnuts. Light dusty. Nice.

3.9
Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Bottle #65118. Dark amber color with medium white head. Good aroma of malt and citrus. Medium body with smooth creamy texture. Full good flavor with a small alcohol bite at the finish. I look forward to 2005 version.

3.5
Stuu666 (14843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose soapy, sweet toffee, cherry, taste is sweet, thin, cherry, caramel.

3.5
HenrikSoegaard (14620) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Heavy malty light hoppy aroma with strong honey notes. Moderate sweet/bitter flavor. Long finish, not as powerfull licorice notes as hoped. Creamy palate.

4
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle 39152. Golden ale with reddish copper hues, and a thcik creamy off-white head. Good malty aroma with sweet sugar and scotch barrel notes. Light malt base with stricking alcohol warmth lingering pleasantly in mouth. Some pears detected. Good hops in finsih, with roasted nuts notes.

3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2005
(Bottle 91879) Very large beige head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, bready, some earthy, vanilla, light herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light raisin, toffee, minimal bitterness. Finishes with moderate alcohol. Watery medium-full body. Too much alcohol presence, and in my opinion, definitely a notch below earlier vintages I have tried (99-01).

3.5
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. Poor head retention. Aroma of toffee, raisin, mild hops. The taste is toffee, earth, caramel, dark fruits. Medium bodied, low carbonation, some oxidation but held up very nicely for a decade old.

4.3
Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle # 2177. Slightly hazy amber with a firm and lasting off-white head. Aroma has rich malt and marmalade with aged notes of sherry, port and prunes. Dry and malty with crisp biscuit flavour, balanced by quite some bitterness and a vineous note. I was afraid if I had stored it well enough, but that was certainly not an issue.

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (13823) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
1 pint, 0.9 fl oz; bottle 67074. Pours copper with a small foamy tan head and some lacing. Aroma is fruity port and hop (berries - cherry), caramel malt, maple and brown sugar with trace yeast. Alcohol, yeast, heavy bitterness, dry, heavy acidity, moderate sweetness, caramel and maple malt, almost a cherry cough syrup. Full bodied, dry and spicy palate.


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