Fuller's Vintage Ale 2004

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%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
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!

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle. Strong, dark fruits, sweet, malty (Maris Otter malt), spicy, marmalady, full-bodied ale. Goldings hops. Dry, sweet, roast malty finish. (2008)

TEJA (3344) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
Sampled @ omhper, thanks. Grey brown head. Cloudy dark amber color. Small caramell aroma with some madrification. Tired malty taste.

muzzlehatch (4975) - 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.

ciocanelu (3093) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 28, 2016
Murky amber color with beige head. Aroma has dark fruits and booze. Taste is balanced with caramel, earthy bitterness and some dried fruits. Smooth mouthfeel.

Rasmus40 (22129) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 25, 2016
UPDATED: APR 26, 2016 Bottle from Best of Beers. Clear dark red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 250416

danlo (3354) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
500ml bottle. Bottle No 29761. Pours a murky chestnut brown colour with a white foam head leaving some lacing. Aroma of malt, fruitcake, sherry. Taste is malty, sweetish, with toffee, fruitcake, raisins, dark fruits, plum and some earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry earthy warm finish. Nicely drinkable.

minutemat (6210) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
330ml bottle tasting alongside a 2006 @ 12th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, April 15, courtesy of Mike. Boozy fruitcake nose with liquorice, plums and leathery CAMRA sandals on the palette. Found the ’06 a little more drinkable tho.

BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
Shared bottle (#43368) with a 2006 by it’s side on 28th April 2015 at a Shrewsbury Bottle Swap Group Meeting (five of us). Not a lot of head on the brown body, but plenty of condition left in the beer. Fruity flavour and aroma, Victoria plums being the main fruit for me. Smooth, mellow and sweeter than the 2006 version. I really enjoy these Vintage bottles from Fullers, hope to try as many as possible (I have a couple aging).

AndySnow (8305) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
How: Bottle, vertical with 2014 version.
Where: Tasting at omhper.
Appearance: Clear brown colour with no head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, raisin, cellar, caramel.
Body: Medium body, flat carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, raising, caramel.

omhper (25948) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2015
Bottled, thanks Boudicca! Vertical with 2014. Darker amber than 2014, small head. Dusted ripe fruit and caramel dominate the nose. Caramel and slight cardboard, mature ripe fruits. Some brown sugar and raisins, notes of hay. Low-medium bitterness. The hop character is all gone. Over the edge, I’m afraid.

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