Fuller's Vintage Ale 2005

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2005

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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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Vintage Ale is a truly classic and distinguished bottle-conditioned ale. Each vintage is a blend of that year’s finest malt and hops creating a unique limited edition brew. Following the success of Vintage Ale over the past 8 years, Fuller''s have once again produced a very limited quantity Vintage Ale brew for 2005. (95,000 bottles) Being bottle conditioned, it is after bottling that the flavours truly begin to develop, and continue to do so well beyond the best before date that we are obliged to state.

ID: 19957 Last updated 11 months ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank1718
Overall Percentile96.2
Style Rank24 of 341
Style Percentile93
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.705
Weighted Score3.617
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.0 4 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    2005 vintage (bottle 49140), 16.9 oz bottle. Pours murky dark amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

    The aroma is sweet toffee malts with sherry and wood and some fruit.

    The flavor is sweet fruity toffee malts with some harsh alcohol in the finish. A bit port like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.

    Overall, an interesting old ale. Interesting to see how it's changed over 10 years. Definitely get a lot of fruit and toffee but still a bit harsh alcohol.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

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

    Happy Birthday ME!!! THANKS JEFF!!!!! Mmmmmmmmmmm......7 year old beer. Dark clear copper with a nice off white crown floating on top, looks pretty nice. Very light aroma, sweet malty, some sour, plum, nice woody finish. THIS BE SMELLING GOOD! Taste is better, I like the way this has aged. Malty sweet with a woody oakyness. There is a nice cherry medical quality that i totally dig. Beer just took a one hour break due to gas filled baby.........Taste has not been affected. There is a flavourless bitter in the finish bit it does not linger. Mellon, vanilla, dark rum, other stuff that has flavours that i can't seem to name. I can't believe this beer aged so well, I'm glad Jeff took the time to age it properly in the beerium for 7 long years then give it to me on my birthday out of obligation!!!!! OBLIGATION RULES!!!

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.3 9 years ago

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

    The 2005 version is one of the better tasting beers in the series to date. Very well balanced between the sweetness of the malt and alcohol and the bitterness of the hops. Good roasted malt and toffee characteristics complement it quite well.

  • SIGMUND 3677 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

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

    Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. ABv was 8.5%. Bottle No. 32089. Reddish amber colour. Pleasant vinous, raisiny and oaky aroma. Oaky, sweet and raisiny flavour. Very nice.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

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

    2005 #77460. Translucent orangey light brown with a thin cap. Strong raisin aroma with lemony alcohol, a hint of cherry, roasty malt, and maybe some sweet cinnamon. The flavor is balanced and bold, deep and round and harmonious: bready and very bitter, malty but surprisingly dry, with a touch of smoke. A mild trace of cherry and fruit sweetness as it warms.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

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

    Pours a dark brown-rust == Honey, malt, maple, molasses Aroma == Foam is constant low froth, some lacing == Taste is a mix of dubbel malt, honeycomb, and molasses dust == Enjoyable and intriguing == Being my first fullers vintage i am very interested in trying more of them == Not to bad of a brew considering its the lowest rated vintage....

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

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

    Bottle: Poured a deep brown ruby color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some subtle dry figs and plums notes. Taste is mostly dominated by sweet malt with some great dry fruits characteristics. The ending was slightly dry with light hops noticeable. Body was quite full and carbonation was medium with no alcohol being discernable. I really love the way English brewers are able to handle malt and I believe this was a good example.

  • REDHAZE 340 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

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

    2005 Vintage. Pours a dark amber hued brown, with a frothy one finger head that settles quickly to a soapy cap. The lacing is thick, coating most of the inside of my glass. Smell; starts out a bit spicy, with an abundance of dark fruits. Figs and dates are present as well as some hints of chocolate and caramel. Some alcohol is floating around in the background. Taste; the caramel and chocolate hit me at first, and then the dark fruits come out with figs, dates a touch of cherries. The spiciness mixes with a bit of earthy hoppiness and alcohol that gives this a bit of a scotch like quality to the finish. And there's a definite warming in the throat and stomach. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that gives this a nice smoothness, and helps give this a dangerously high drinkability.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 2.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Bottle #26403. Well, at least it produced one terrific head, tan with excellent lacing. The colour was a dark yet clear amber, but the aroma was unremarkable, and I'm thinking this one had maybe gone a bit "off" despite being kept in a cool, dark place since purchase (Christmas of 2005); still in the box, even, Taste and mouthfeel were both thin and flat. I'm underwhelmed, and hope my Vintage 2006 is better.

  • BOV 1743 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

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

    courtesy of fiulijn, bottle no 17475, sampled 10/2006, - hazy reddish-amber colour, solid hoppy nose, woody with notes of pine needles and black tea; solidly malty, high carbonation, raw and powerful bitterness, very dry bitter hoppy finish with more woody notes - far too young but with ahigh potential

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