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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4.5
Kingi (678) - - AUG 30, 2013
excellent, i had the 2009 previously this year so my expectations were a lot lower. aroma is cherry malt sweetness and some licorice type of aroma. muddy brown colour with a tan head. taste is a lot of things, someone else is better at that description. soft mouthfleel and light / medium body.

4.4
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
Bottle 38634 I thought this was excellent, although I’m not as experienced as most here. It poured a lovely copper colour with an inviting head. Aroma was of rich spices, maybe a little citrus. First taste was great, with a goodly amount of bitterness, but still balanced with sweet notes. I will definitely get a few more bottles and let them age (at $5.50 a bottle, why not!?).

4.4
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2007
16.9 Oz Bottle-#72441-Assateague Island Oasis/Island Store Beer & Wine, Berlin Md. Poured a reddish brown color w/a moderate foamy head. Sweet liquor aroma. Sweet malted flavor w/traces of caramel, toffee, barley, cherrywood, appricots, has a lot going on. Deep, rich, complex flavor, kind of leathery, chewy. Reminds you somewhat of a Barleywine due to the sweetness. Long full sweet finish. Very good. Gonna have to get another one to celler.

4.4
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.

4.4
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle at beer exposed. Had the pleasure of having "one of those moments" with Ian(harrisoni) on my first sample. However i ended up having about 2 1/2 bottles altogether over the course of the day then bought two to take home. Alround its like rich toffee, marmalade is key, rich brandy fruity cake, peppery alc and perhaps hop, theres signs of oxidation but that just makes it more drinkable and tasty. One of the best beers of my stay so far down in London.

4.3
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
2004 vintage, number 83339 of 95000, from a distinctive Fuller’s shaped brown bottle with a nice blurb about the old ale, pouring instructions and a suggested best before date, 2007, on the back label, served at cellar temperature. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy reddish amber with a frothy pale tannish white head that settled into a thin lacing. Had a nice raisiny, figgy, malty nose with the Fuller’s honey yeastiness and whiffs of sweet, spicy alcohol. A smooth, crisp, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, exceptional drinkability. Dark ripe fruity maltiness, an gentle earthy, dry hop bitterness and a warming spicy alcohol presence on the tongue, a honey yeastiness in the middle and a earthy bitter and sweet malty finish with a lingering warmth from the alcohol, just plain delicious tasting. An exceptional Old Ale by any measure, very recommended, a must try for any beer lover.

4.3
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2006
What an ale! This botlle does not come cheap but is an experience to taste. A cloady, redish colour and not much foam. Fruity, complex aroma with some caramel.

4.3
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
I had a 2004 vintage # 75579 The presentation is fantastic in this beautiful collectors box and inside is a unique 18.6 oz brown pint bottle. It looked very light while pouring, but it sits in the glass at a coppery transparent color. Huge head! I got like four fingers of head in my oversized Victory pint glass. Significant lacing. It has a great smell of gentle port. Hint of sweet fruit like a tangerine, then grapes. As it warmed the smell got to a darker fruit like raisins or figs. It makes me think of wine. (?) The taste is fantastic but pretty straight foreword. Extremely malty flavor with hints of dark fruit, and gentle on the taste buds. It is so soft on the taste bud I can’t imagine anyone saying it tastes bad; even if it is not there preference. The mouthfeel is amazing (so much so I consider it a highlight of this beer). If I had not poured it myself I’d have thought it was on-cask. It is the creamiest feel. This is full bodied but light and frothy. One of the most gentle creamy mouthfeels I have ever experienced. Each sip you just want to last forever; it just feels right! It is fantastically drinkable. It’s so pleasant in the mouth that I would anticipate the next the next sip; yet it is a beer that can’t be rushed. It is too pleasant to rush through. In other words it is worth the money. Someone complained it was $6 a bottle. I only wish I lived in that state. In PA its $9 a bottle and WELL worth the money. --- EDIT: In fact I went back and bought three more to age for another year. --- Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

4.3
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
At beer Exposed 2008. Great Vintage. Pours a amber copper with a small creamy head. Aroma: toffee, marmalade, caramel, rich fruit cake, dates. Flavour similar with peppery finsh and slightly oxidised vinous finish. Smooth and syrupy just the way i luv a good vintage. This one has held up well. Awesome!!!!!

4.3
Christian (13930) - 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.


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