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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 1997

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
50cL bottle, courtesy of ClarkVV @ BCTC 2007. Thanks, Clark! Pours a clear, dark ruby-red color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Oxidized caramel and chewy dried fruits in the aroma. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: dense, oxidized caramel and dried dark fruits; chewy viscous malt character. Lengthy, dried fruit and brown sugar finish; plenty of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle shared Saturday night at BCTC, 7/21/07
Nicely settled out, clear ruby-amber with thick lacing and still a lovely head. Sweet, this is promising!
Nuts, marzipan, rich caramel and wonderful sherry oxidation tones fill the nose. Maris otter has gone buckwild in both the aroma and flavor, leaving that rich honey-caramel note. The yeast has thrown out countless esters and taken with the malt and oxidation, it’s heavily fruity and a bit bready on the end. No flaws or alcohol noted.
Sweet, almost fatiguingly so! I would never have expected this to be so full bodied and well-malted at this age, thinking it would instead be more bready, dry and with more oxidation. Nope, not at all. Chewy, sugary vanilla wafers, caramel and brown sugar with cherries, strawberries and peaches. Strong sweet sherry notes and a bit of port from the darker malts. Really interesting. If my tolerance for sweetness was a bit higher, I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more. Despite that, you still have to appreciate this 10 year old filtered beer having survived this elegantly. Low carbonation at this point, but certainly still ample. Slick, nearly creamy at times, texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
cloudy brown, small offwhite head. aroma is slightly oxidized, but retains lots of interesting notes which is pretty impressive after all those years. flavor is sweet dark fruits, sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
(backlog)Bottle at akkurat. Brown pour with tan head. "Oxidation with a purpose." Dark fruit and oxidation in the nose. Flavor is dark chewy fruit, light oxidation and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Rb# 4500: 50 cL bottle 45034, special vintage session at Cockneys stand in Århus2008. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing white head. Light chalky and dense fruity aroma, shows light over the top notes, yet not still inviting aroma. Flavour is smooth fruity with a mild portwine like note, yet still quite fresh fruity accents too. Minor oxidised note before the finish. Light warming finish with a nice wineous note slowly building up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle @ Stone Sour Fest shared by Bman1113vr. Poured orange with a bright white ring. Nose was sweet. Taste was rich, and quite nicely aged despite a touch of oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange red coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet finish of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle @ Bruce’s 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.

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