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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: 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10729) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2996) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30747) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20569) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4354) - Charlottesville, Virginia, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1392) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Big thanks to Colin for sharing this. It poured a muddy brown. Big dark fruit - figs, prunes - aroma. Light to medium body. Sweet and sour, with lots of dark fruit and some toffee. Old and interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s 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.


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