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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: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
RBSG2005, Post-dégustation. Couleur brune aux reflets orangés, apparence brouillée. Absence presque totale de mousse, quelques grosses bulles savonneuses. Caramel brûlé, sucre, pommes meurtries, vanille, et butterscotch ne savent très bien cacher leur age. Étonnamment, une touche de houblon florale est toujours présente et valse avec les notes sherry témoignant de la faible oxydation. Les flaveurs de caramel, d’oxydation et d’alcool en demeurent plutôt plaisantes. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, pleinement atténué, carbonatation faible mais toujours présente.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2005
RBSG 2005 # 83857... Poured a hazy brown orange color with a small, off white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of spicy bananas, caramel malt, sherry, bready malts, and alcohol. Taste of caramel malt, banana nut bread, light cardboard, and a touch of alcohol. Thanks Walt!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Vinous, chocolate cocoa, grapey aroma with some maderization and light alcohol notes apparent. Opaque amber-brown with a decent and lasting cover of fine-bubbled head that leaves some slight lace. Vinous flavour has notes of green leaves, pine, grapes, marzipan, pastry dough, alcohol and plenty of sherry-like oxidation. Mild bitterness. Medium body seems somewhat tired with low carbonation. Bottle (#84041) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
8-year-old bottle:

The Lure:
Maderisation genuflects in front of the hefty dark chocolate fruit and the barley-winish caramel peaches. Superb sherry alcohol notes show sagacity, light years away from senility.

The Festivities:
Mouthfeel, even though round, is more tired than the glowing aroma. Earthy yeast dominates the caramel and berries. Still, overall, a marvelous aging experiment.

Transcendence:
A awe-inspiring nocturnal visit into a cave cellar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours a murky dark amber color with a very thin head. Excellent aroma and flavor of candy and caramel with heavy malts and mild alcohol. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Great stuff. Merci David !

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Orange to dark copper body. Surprising initial beige head slowly diminishes to leave a whiskey looking beer. Complex chocolate and slightly oxidized nose. Strong Madeira, clover, caramel, molasses barleywine-like sweetness is aptly marrying the slightly floral and earthy residue that time have blended into the soft alcohol vapours. Anise hints were born to match that honey aspect that charms the nostrils. The palate didn’t quite hold up as well where it feels a bit thinned out by now. The carbonation is very low and the floral Madeira makes images of oxidation spring to the mind. Sticky sweet feels, slightly acid and gently earthy marries otter. Great aging material. My second favourite after the 99. Thanks John!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 Pours a somewhat hazy orangeish-amber with a nice small head. Aroma is great with notes of nice roasty malts, dark fruits (raisins, plums), some alcohol. Flavor is wonderful...more bigger sweet malts, mild hop bitterness, bigger alcohol...leading up to a great bitter finish. Like the ’98, a bit thin, but the palate is smooth and creamy. Great ale that has stood up to time well. Second bottle was much better than the first....all the great qualities of my first tasting, but just that much better. Outstanding English Strong Ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
(Bottle, # 84043) Pours a carbonated, cloudy amber body with a thick frothy head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and toffee. Flavor of malt, caramel, and scotch. Chewy mouthfeel. Thanks for sharing Walt!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Poured honey amber color with a big bubbled brown head...smell is yeasty with lots of delicate cognac too...taste is sweet and the mouthfeel is active with lots of small furious bubbles tickling the tongue...finish is warm and amazingly still alcoholic warm...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle #84043. Wonderful woody tannic honey nose. Very "old" smell-must and honey. Smells great. Taste-lots and lots of wood. Cherry, sawdust, peaty, bitter, and chewy. Very very nice. Just a fantastic beer.


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