Fuller’s 2004 Vintage Ale

Beer Review

Name: Fuller’s 2004 Vintage Ale

ABV: 8.5%

Bottled/ Draft: Bottled

Bottle Conditioned: Yes

Bottle Size: 500 ml

Price: Approximately £5

Colour: Rich Brown

Clarity: Like a muddy pond

Head/ Bubbles: Surprisingly good head for a bottle beer, with fine bubbles

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side

Taste: Not very hoppy, a syrupy sweet maltiness, just a touch of bitterness towards the end. A slight warmth to the taste (like pepper or spices but without those flavours). Can tell it’s a strong beer, but it doesn’t taste as strong as some with similar ABV. A nice note of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Comment: This is not a beer you’d want a pint of – it’s a little too strong. As such, it’s not really an every day beer. But it’s a great choice for a special occasion, or where you’re looking for a beer to relish and take your time drinking.

Additional Info: Fuller’s Vintage Ales are crafted by their head brewer, John Keeling. Since 1997, he has carefully selected and blended malt, hops and yeast for this annual, limited edition beer. Because the beer is bottle conditioned, the yeast left in the bottle matures and changes the beer slowly over time. The 2004 vintage uses Goldings hops and Maris Otter malt.

The best place to buy a range of those vintages still available is the brewery’s on-site shop in Chiswick.



Hi Pete,Where does London Pride fit into your grand scheme of things? I think it's one of the best everyday beers in the world.mw

Pete Favelle

Unfortunately, my introduction to London Pride was in a Fullers pub near us which, at the time, treated their beer dreadfully so I'd always had a dim view of it until I tried it elsewhere more recently.I'd have to say that, kept well, it's a good session beer. No Hogs Back TEA, but pretty good 🙂


Looking forward to your guest posts Pete. I'm going to have to find a way to get some Marble Brewery beers over to Kavey for you to review, would be really interested to hear what someone a bit more impartial thinks.


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