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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle shared at Stone Sourfest 09 with bman1113vr. hazy brown pour under a fizzy white head. Aroma is caramel, wood, pancakes, and syrup. Flavor is caramel, nutty, biscuits. Solid carbonation for a 12 year old brew!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
I was one of those lucky ones BMan shared with. Thanks a bunch. Hazy burnt orange glass. Off-white ring. Nose is sharp oak and smooth booze. Taste is sweet to clean malt to vanilla to brown sugar.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Amber-brown colour with large beige head and nice lace. Extremely malty, fruits and vegetables (an entire kitchen garden!), treacle, alcohol. Full bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vertical tasting -97, -00, 02 and -03 with official representatives from the brewery. 3rd one ever held by Fuller’s
Last two bottles from the Fuller’s cellar! A strong impact beer. Hits you where you want it to... Brandy or madeira? Discussions are ongoing. Plenty of dark fruits with raisins dominatiing. So complex I almost need to attach the Oxford dictionary to this rating. If you find this beer anywhere, don’t hesitate to pay whatever you’re asked. Gimme more, please! Oh, last two bottles... D@mn!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (772) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (767) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Well, I still have a bottle of this one - Purchased from the "Qwiki-Mart" on Martin Luther King Avenue! Yo!

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   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.

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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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I was very surprised by this vintage ale. A full 6 years old, it has aged very well and is a nice find if you can get your hands on one. The beer pours with a dark, creamy brown/orange color with a fair haed that is slightly off-white and mostly diminishes. The aroma is very strong malt and caramel with a slight bread scent. The flavor is extremely complex with hints of all kinds of different flavors - fruit, alcohol, and hops are amongst the offenders. A very complex palate with a full body and slight carbonation. Very highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DroolYeast (213) - Odder, DENMARK - APR 28, 2014
Old bottle found in the cellar. Fruity aroma. Clear golden colour with off-white head. Tiny lasting. Moderate sweetness. Nice caramel. Vinous alcohol. Sweet finish. Rich body. Average carbonation.


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