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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1997

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


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7430) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle at Akkurat. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a medium white head. The nose is fruit cake, toast, wood, honey, floral notes and dark fruit (figs and dates). The taste is toffee, leather, wood, vinous, honey, dust, prune, date, cherry, raisin and some coffee, with and very dry finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. This one has aged gracefully in the Akkurat cellar. Enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - 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 didnít 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5401) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottle. Numbered 84055 (yes, the same one in the picture, as I took the picture). 1997 vintage, obviously. Murky ruby colored brown. Nose is raisins, caramel, sweet malts, light alcohol, and hints of cardboard. The aroma has most likely gone downhill as I canít imagine it smelling like it does now when fresh. Hopefully the taste is better. Taste is dry and pretty much pure raisins in the taste. Light caramel, hints of alcohol, rum, and maybe some brown sugar. Itís pretty oxidized. Body is smooth but dry with some chalkiness and light warmth. Finishes with more raisins, dark fruits, cardboard, alcohol, and light toffee. Not bad but past itís heyday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle @ Bruceís Pad. Cheers to Colleen for pulling this rabbit out of a hat! Soupy brown pour with a tiny tan head. Interesting aroma. Musty attic, driftwood. Overripe dark fruits rubbed in salt. Burnt brown sugar. Definite paper accents, acidic red apple skin. Brown bread. Mashed banana. Stewed tea. Medium body, soft carbonation. Obviously has plenty of oxidisation, but still has some grace to it. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle #84029 (1997 bottle drank in 2004) Ė Poured a hazy nut-brown color ale with off-white medium head with average retention. Carbonation is quite good for a 7 years old barley wine/strong ale. Aroma is comprised of sweet plums, in fact very sweet plums, with strong malt. Taste is quite warm, but no alcohol taste discernable, with again some sweet plums. Also, as expected this as a full creamy body. This is another great one from Fullers but I still think that the 1998 was more balanced with a bit less sweetness which made it more enjoyable.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2007
[ Bottle shared by Clark at BCTC í07 ] Poured a dark orangey amber with dark brown hues. Carbonation has held up well. Brown sugar, rich caramel malts, slightly vinous in the finish. This beer held up extremely well. Thanks Clark!

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