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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 1997

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Brewed on 18th May and 22nd July 1997 this is the first in the portfolio of Vintage Ales. Dark in appearance, the taste is almost brandy like with a hint of fruitiness in the aroma.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours amber with a smallish off white head. Aroma is caramel maltiness, dark fruit, raisins. Flavor is caramel maltiness, nutty, raisins, oak, a hint of vanilla and fruitiness. Finish is warming with some alcohol coming through.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours amber with a thin white head. Smells of cherries, fresh fruit, hints of residual sugar, woody. Tastes of cognac, light booziness that is complimentary, some nice fruity hints, touches of earthiness. Finishes with a hint of sherry. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at ÅBF08. 11 years old. Sherry aroma, some alcohol. Clear dark amber colour. No head. Sweet flavour, lots of dried fruit, some yeast but nice. Vanilla. Distinct alcohol.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2008
Amber beer with a small white head. Aroma has caramel and some butterscotch, with a strong sherry note to it. Smooth, fruity and caramel flavour quite vineous.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Rb# 4500: 50 cL bottle 45034, special vintage session at Cockneys stand in Århus2008. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing white head. Light chalky and dense fruity aroma, shows light over the top notes, yet not still inviting aroma. Flavour is smooth fruity with a mild portwine like note, yet still quite fresh fruity accents too. Minor oxidised note before the finish. Light warming finish with a nice wineous note slowly building up.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (13913) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle at Aarhus beerfestival: Pours clear amber with a red hew & a off white head. Super "old" (in a good way , though it is close be dominated by its mouldy/cellar feel) & matured aroma. Lots of toffee & caramel. Oak & port. Round & vinous. Sticky. I am thankfull for being one of the few lucky ones to try this!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle @ Aarhus, 2008.
[my 300th English brew!]
Pours clear dark red-brown with a medium, frothy/creamy head that is a slight yellow in colour. Aroma is very lightly oxidized, wonderful toffee notes, grainy chewy malts and a little apples and black currants. Super, creamy and oily mouthfeel - fair carbonation. Flavour has port, oak, vinious, overripe fruits - and a fair cellar note that still hasn’t taken over. This was probably a good time to try this vintage (even in the rarer white box). Wonderful - and by far the next-best Vintage (folleing the 1999).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13392) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle #25154 at Akkurat - Thanks Patrick for the taste. Clear red/brown - no head. Red berries, sweetness, light soapy, light plue, mint, light nutty, light honey. Old and dusty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottled #25154 @Akkurat
Hazy nutty brown color, firm creamy off-white head. Toffeish fudge aroma, dark fruits, nuts, light oxidation. Caramelly chocolaty with hazelnuts and raisins, late alcohol punch. Light licorice in the aftertaste. Bottle showed tiny notes of oxidation.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled in 2006. Dark red with little head. Dark caramel and plums. A lot of oxidated flavors - nice pleasent dark fruits.


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