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%
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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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4.3
drpimento (3672) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle # 78199. Helluva beer. Had it stored just on a shelf in my kitchen & only chilled it a couple of days ago. Poured with a thick, foamy, frothy, fine bubble, light tan head and good lace. Color is a cloudy, amber brown. Aroma is very malty, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor is like aroma and the alcohol really jumps out. Body is soft, full, creamy, smooth and round including the great carbonation. Finish is like flavor including alcohol. Reminds me of some sherries. Sipping beer. Be fun to try different vintages side by side. Excellent brew. Got this from good friend Ron Kittleson, formerly of La Crosse & now in Seattle. Thanks much, man.

4.3
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle. Pour was deep copper with an aroma of vanilla, sweet malt, brown sugar, some prune, and a touch of oak. Once I was able to part my nose from the glass, I was able to taste much of the same aromas such as the vanilla, oak, and sweet malt. The balance in this brew was amazing and the age on it was real nice and distinctive. This was a real treat, and I’d suggest it to anyone looking for a superb, complex beer.

4.3
k0mpsa (2999) - Tuusula, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from luvians, st andrews. Bottle says best before end 2007. Hazy dark brown color, nice beige head. Nice aroma of old wood, malty sweetness, sweet fruits, oak. Taste is balanced belgian-like sweetness, licorice, wood, oak, no signs of alcohol. Aged very nicely.

4.2
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 Rating #800. Cask conditioned at the Twickenham Beer Festival. Aroma is fruity. Thick, malty, sweet & alcohol. Many flavours combine to make one very nice pint. [4.2] and then again..... Bottle conditioned. Young & brash, this has a load of malty sweetness up front, with some crude bitterness over the top of it. Alcohol overpowers. At this young age few other flavours are evident, except a load of caramel. Nice, but too young in this form. [3.8]. Original rating stands.

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MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
Delicious! It looks and tastes like caramel, with a sweet fruit scent. Went down extremely easily, and at 8.5%, it doesn’t take too many to make a dozen. But it’s good enough for me to get 24 bottles, some for this Christmas, and some for subsequent ones. I’d imagine it’ll be even more amazing in two or three years’ time.

4.2
espenra (1015) - Kurland, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2010
50cl bottle. Number 27876. A gift from a very good friend. This bottle has been in my cellar for several years and it was time to drink it since it is best before 2007-12-31. It poured an orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of yeast, dark red fruits and some dust. Reminds me of a sherry or a port. The flavour is very smooth and well rounded. Notes of malts, dark red fruits, alcohol, syrup and hints of hops. Medium long aftertaste. I was very anxious to try this beer since the best before date was almost 3 years ago, but neither the aroma or the flavour has deteriorated. A really nice beer.

4.2
ThirstyBird (2950) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle 81746. Pours a slightly hazy mohagany with virtually no head. Smells like liquid carmel with maple syrup mixed in to sweeten it. Tastes as it smells but not as sweet as it smells. Really delicious...I’m glad my brother showed up to help my buddy and I finish the bottle though. Mild carbonation, medium body. Overall a real treat showing the benefit of aging.

4.2
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2012
This one was fantastic. My memories or faint of the particulars, other than it being a rounded ale and with an interesting berry-like aroma. Mellow, yes, after 6 years, but still biting and warming. Ages well.

4.2
Holmen2 (3696) - NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
Served freesing cold from bottle at Copenhagen beer festival. Wine-like aroma with some sourness and prunes. Good tasting and quite dry! A hint alcohol of alcohol in first aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too fizzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

4.2
muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #7. No idea where I got this bottle but I’m fairly sure I got it new and thus had had it for 4-5 years when I sampled it, from a Maudite glass, on January 14, 2009. It poured a tawny, translucent copper-brick with a reasonably sizable, lasting bit of off-white head, nice lacing and there was a significant "pop" to bottle when opened; it had held up well. On the nose it’s caramel, sweet-tart cherry juice, a bit of licorice and vanilla in a fine, well-balanced nose that in the end reminds one of sherry most of all...loads of that tarry licorice character on the tongue, some smoky/burnt notes, and a caramel-molasses sweetness that carries through to the strong, full-bodied finish, with the alcohol pretty muted, and still a quite vibrant overall mouthfeel and presence. Perhaps a bit too much of the burnt notes, but otherwise excellent and I felt at the time that this could hold up a few more years. Pity I don’t believe I have any more Fuller’s Vintage of any years at the moment, sigh.


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