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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1998

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


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle Conditioned.
The second in the series, this Vintage Ale was based on a Champion theme with the addition of Champion Alexis malt and Champion Northdown aroma hops. The result is a sweet, warming, creamy ale that is beautifully balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
Looks like I write on the back of my notebook sheets when Iím drunk. A bit late, almost missed that one. ClarkVV brought it to BCTC 2007. Almost clear amber body. Toasted bread with delicious smooth caramel spread pretty much sums it up. Some residual sugar (brown sugar flavour) and light woody notes. A lot less oxidized than the 1999 bottle I had six months ago at Mugs Ale in NY. This one held up pretty well as I still remember it despite my advanced drunken state at that point. I finish my glass thinking Barley Wine minus the hops, maybe five years ago it was. Very smooth body and medium carbonation. No alcohol presence discernable probably because 8.5% was below my blood system at that point in the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
50cL bottle, courtesy of ClarkVV @ BCTC 2007. Thanks, Clark! Pours a clear, ruby-red color; off-white head with large-bubbled retention. Dense, dried red fruits and caramel in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: dried red fruits and chewy, oxidized caramel; pleasant dense caramel and belgian sugars. Lengthy, brown sugar and dry yeast finish. Very sugary and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Nice head and adequate lacing. The aromas surprised me on this one as the floral character of the hops could still be detected. Good caramelization detected with a strong and not overpowering malt complexity. A couple layers in here in fact. Still a decent bitterness on the back end after all these years. Overall, one could find that this "lost a step" due to the extended aging, but really held up remarkably well considering. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle #19876, BB "End 2001". Poured medium caramel with a thick initial cap of beige head.. receded to a loose-bubbled topping. Aroma held up just beautifully.. deep, lightly-smoked caramel, dried floral hoppage, subtle port wine, and perhaps some rum.. one of the best smelling beers Iíve ever come across. Lightly-smoked, toasted caramel again at the flavorís core.. some sharper rum and port tackiness at the edges.. tasty, but lost some character to old age. Syrupy on the palate and a touch slick... warm finish. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Had this in conjunction with 99, 00, 04, and 05. This was my favorite. Lovely woody aroma. Nice and chewy. No head. The flavor is sweet and chewy but not overly thick and alcoholic. Lovely caramel and sherry characters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle, consumed in May 2006. A bit over the top Iíd say. Oxidation is apparent. Liquorice comes through on the palate and the depth of fruit seems to have receded. This leaves something woody, a touch harsh and sweet at the same time. Should have perhaps drunk this earlier but I was hanging on to it for a suitable occasion to share with the Danes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours a slightly murky color of ruddy amber with a full layer of creamy beige head. Fruity aroma thats saturated with an incense of strawberry sorbet, and sherried raisins. Fantastic sweetened fruit sugars that melt together like a delicate whipping cream rather than a concentrated syrup. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel that shows absolutely no signs of unpleasant aging. Remarkable. Thereís even a little British hops spice left to kiss the tongue at first contact. Reddish to dark fruity flavors that land somewhere between raisins and strawberries. A little brush of pepper spice tickles the tongue as well. Creamy flavors that remind me of a whipped strawberry yogurt without the lactic traits. A touch of brandy and a brush of toasted oak without the dryness. Some strawberry rhubarb pie, lacking sourness, and finishing with a final smack of hops and wood, making their presence known softly. Amazingly constructed brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Forceful aroma of rich, spicy old muddled raisins with cognac and pints of fresh cold farm cream. This blends into a succulent, fruitcake yeast waft. Yum! Deep orange-hued tan sienna, with bronzed fringes and a creamy soap of ivory. Flavor is along the same wonderful threads as the aroma, with bright, fruity cream malt and lots of aged raisins and currants. Fresh, wild strawberry shortcake syrup highlights. Continuing with loads of toffee, blueberry muffins, and freshly minted caramel. Light salty edges. The malt character yields into a mash of spicy, bready yeast character, mellowed with time. Bright lemony hop flavor remains distinct lightly in forefront of flavor, but mostly as British-type grass smack. No age problems, whatsoever, time has only significantly helped this beer. This beer is the epitome of excellence for me, with each character standing strong, yet allowing others to show when itís their time. First the creamy malt, then the caramel aged fruit sweetness, then the yeast, then the hops and all swirled around a graceful, binding and absolutely desirable alcohol. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2006
Bottle (Thanks to chris_o). Sweet raisin and caramel flavours. Some light port sherry qualites. with some more dark fruit towards the finish. This has a very nice long flavour, but i couldnít help but think it may have been sligtly passed its best, as there was a slight oxidised characters which popped up every now and then.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle #40415. Deep copper-amber in colour, long lasting beige head, great lace. The aroma still has lots of caramel, some ginger, wood, earth and chocolate. The flavour was peaking, caramel malt sweetness, christmas cake, dark fruits, brown sugar abd raisins. Think mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation, Finishes with a lingering bitterness, creamy.

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