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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1997

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 70   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared in London - huge thanks to Colin for hauling in this whale. Pours mostly clear, amber-brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose has some nice, lightly tangy berry fruits on the nose, slight leather, toffee, wood. Medium sweet flavor, more toffee, old fruits, leathery cherries, caramel, mellow tang, slight basement. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation; impressively well conditioned for the age. Sweet finish with some jammy, leathery fruits, gooey toffee, slight wood. Excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Tasted along side 2000 and 2004 versions and it is slightly better than 2000 and much better than 2004. This is a fantastic beer. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Amber colour. Exstremely well balanced sweet/bitter aroma and flavor. Fantastic palate. Enjoy it if you can find one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Hazy deep amber with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with overripe berries, roasted malt, caramel and hints of figs. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and plums. Finished sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10111) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Thin beige head, that a kept through the whole glass. Fruity and sweet aroma. Plums, raisins and some prune notes. Quite spicy and gives me some associations to portwine. Very alcaholic flavour. Has loads of fruitsweetness, but it somehow disappoints me. Very harsh bitterness in the end and a somewhat stale aftertaste. Think this is over the top and declining.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle @ Falling Rock vintage beer sale poured a hazy copper with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, light oxidation and some fruity notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, vanilla and light apple with a smooth lightly sweet finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004 - red-brown colour, few foam, very complex aroma of roasted malts, raisins, strawberry, alcohol and wood, light oily, sweet with a strong bitterness, powerfull and dry finish with notes of prune and alcohol - complex and very robust. Thanks to Ungstrup for this bottle and to fiulijn for sharing it with me !

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle split at Bruceís pad, thanks to Mads (Dedollewaiter) for the trade, 12/05/14. Bottle #61154. Marmalade orange/amber with a moderate light beige swirl and accompanying edgework. Nose carries sherry tones, bloody mary, oxidised pangs, dark malts, toffee, spice, light must. Taste comprises toffee fudge, earthy, oxidised licks, dark stoned fruits, bread pudding, dates, prune juice, sherry twinges. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light streak of booze. This has held up really well for 17/18 years, clear oxidisation but still drinkable and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle I shared with all the great people at Stone Sourfest. Pours with a large tan head over a hazy golden body. Aroma of sherry, caramel berries, raisins, honey and biscuit. Taste is very long lasting with caramel, and biscuit malts with sherry, brandy and some oxidation. Smooth with light bubbles. This beer held up very well, way better than expected!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle #25004, shared with Joeh and DenverLogan, bought from the brewery. Showing some oxidation and vinous development but surviving well enough. Otherwise, its the usual copper colour, pruney fruit and rich malt that is the norm for Fullers Vintage. Seems that earlier vintages may have used superior ingredients so have held up better.


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