Fuller's Vintage Ale 2004

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2004

Rated 3.665 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Fuller, Smith and Turner Public Limited Company / Fuller's Brewery

Chiswick, London, United Kingdom

Style:  English Strong Ale

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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I have crafted this very special ale fromthe finest Goldings hops, floor malted Maris Otter barley and of course our unique yeast, to create a truly extraordinary limited edition brew. Individually packed and numbered, this bottle is on of only ninety five thousand produced. Although we are obliged to state a best before date of 2007, like a fine wine or whiskey, this mellow and golden ale will improve with age for many more years. Bottle Conditioned.

ID: 12206 Last updated 11 months ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank1304
Overall Percentile97.1
Style Rank16 of 341
Style Percentile95.3
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.765
Weighted Score3.665
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The 2004 version was a reddish-brown pour, almost clear, and a weak off-white head. Aroma was characterized by nutty malt, spices, and dark fruit. Flavour was mildly sweet with hints of vanilla and nuts.

  • BIGMANNE 156 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a clear brown with a tiny head. aroma was nice with fruity banana smell. flavor was not as good as the aroma. a little more bitter than the 99 but very similar. overall not too bad but i liked the 99 way better.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    2004 vintage (bottle 75089), 16.9 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a thin and fizzy head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

    The aroma is lots of sharp vinous alcohol with some dark fruits and grassy hops.

    The flavor is sweet caramel malts and dark fruits with a noticeable alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.

    Overall, it's a decent strong ale, but a little too harsh on the alcohol and sweetness for me.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is raisins, caramel and toffee. Flavour is caramel malts, some alcohol, raisins and some spicyness. Not much vintage notes in this one yet, but will probably become such within a few years.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottle: Poured a deep brown/burgundy color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of dry malt with some light bitter hops is intriguing. Taste is dominated by sweet malt but I thought that the plums/dry figs characteristics that I so dearly love in the previous version of the vintage ale were not as accentuated as they were. The hops provided a dry finish which I thought clash with the sweet side of the malt. I guess I was expecting a bit less hops then – I think I will age my second bottle some more to see if I can get rid of some of those hops.

  • BOV 1743 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle no 01713, sampled 1/2006, thanks to fiulijn - clear reddish-amber colour with a fine little head; aroma of red fruits and bread, yeast; very robust malt body with a strong bitterness, long fruity and hoppy finish with a warming alcohol touch

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    (bottle nr. 62666) Amber, small tan head. Rather sweet alcocolic and toffe like aroma with some dry nutty accents. Dry fruity flavour, oak, caramel and almonds. Long finish of alcohol, nuts and dried fruit. A bit too sweet and young. Thick malty body.

  • DREWSESLU 826 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Well, I had high hopes, and they were more or less dashed, but not destroyed. Malty and toasty up front. Minerally and smooth in the mouth, but where were the goldings? They should still be making roll call after two years. A decent Old Ale, but beyond its prime for an ESA or EBW.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    While I found this beer to be drinkable AND enjoyable, I think that it really has much more potential and more room to grow. The aroma of dark, ripe fruits and sweet caramel malts were a nice touch. The flavor provided a sort of odd smoky, earthyness with a celery salt finish. Odd, I know but it was still tasty. Overall, enjoyable but once it matures in about 4-5 years I'd really like to see what it can do.

  • JODER69 74 reviews
    rated 4.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    wow, i can see why they only make so many bottles of this. it blows regular fullers 1845 out of the water. great from start to finish. big taste and full bodied

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