A number of weeks ago (October), I did a comparison of two bottles of Fullers Vintage Ale. One from 2000 and the other was 2010. I wanted to see how the beers had changed over the last decade (and over).
I held off on writing about it because Steve Lamond from BeersI'veKnown invited me up for a vertical tasting from 1999 through to 2011 (with the exception of 01 and 03).
We did that this weekend and Steve's full report is here.
For this I will just deal with the difference I found with my two.
Darker with a woody, fruity aroma. It tastes sherry like. Strong woody, more bitter, a little boozy. Lovely stuff.
A little lighter in colour, an aroma of strong fruit, caramel malt, prunes. All the aroma is packed in to the taste with the addition of a little liquorice.
Both beers were fantastic of course but I preferred the 2000 vintage. The most amazing thing was just how drinkable they all were, apart from an infected bottle from 2008. Since I have had a 2008 before and it was perfectly fine, it shows it as a once off and not a batch issue.