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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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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DroolYeast (233) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7858) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
Bottled 550 ml at Akkurat, Stockholm, on August 7, 2014.
No 25060.
Clear brown color, tan head. Sweet, raisin, coca-cola, alcohol, some juniper, sugary, honey, berries, chocolate, candy, cocoa scent. Sweet, mellow, alcohol, raisin, smooth, dry chocolate taste. Cocoa aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low to medium low bitterness. Warming alcohol.
Smells very nice, taste seems a bit tired, really feel this is now over the top and likely have been better to how I would appreciate it. Still holds up very well though.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7860) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle #84091. Rich copper iin colour, lasting medium sized tan head, some lace. The aroma is of caramel, earth, some light chocolate, plums and other dark fruits. The flavour is showing signs of oxidation, still has some caramel/toffee sweetness, raisins, berries and bread. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet, lingering. Very cool to have all the Vintage Ales as part of a vertical.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6909) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2013
From ancient ancient notes that i found lying around. So would have been from the time... It dark dart roast .. big sweet fruityness ... nice.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2006
Thanks to Chris_o for sharing this bottle with Denverlogan and me. Bottle #25,004. Sparkling, copper colour with a thin tan head. The nose has sweet malt and caramel and a touch of berry jam. A rich, sweet, barley wine style ale to taste with sticky malt, fruit and a touch of spice. It had generally held up well but perhaps was starting to show it’s age with some slight oxidation and hints of wet cardboard. Thoroughly enjoyable.


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