RateBeer
Home >

Fullerís Vintage Ale 1998

 (RETIRED)
overall
99
100
style
Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2006
Thanx to Chris for sharing this one. Cloudy orange colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with notes of fruit and wood. Malty and sweet flavor with a light toffee note and hints of dark fruit and wood.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle. Thanx to Chris. Bottle. Ruby colour with a big white head. Dark fruits, caramel aroma and a sweet dark fruits, caramel taste. Medium to full body with a sweet light dry finish. A bit over the top.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle, thanks to Chris for sharing. Cloudy orange coloured with a beige head. Very sweet aroma of sherry, fruits and dried fruits. Sweet flavour of sherry, dried fruits and wood.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Bottle # 15252, sampled in a Fullers pint glass and next to the 1999 and 2005 vintages: The pour is a murky coppery hue topped by an initial creamy tan head that does slightly fade and left behind some lace. The aroma has notes of rich caramel and toffee, over ripened plum and apple, oxidized floral hops, and a earthy and vinous quality.

The taste starts lush and fruity supported by a even handed caramelized malt background. Some notes of marzipan, port-like twang and warmth, and a hit of surprising hop bitterness I thought would be long gone, WONDERFULLY aged! The mouth feel is a touch oily and lush, smooth and mild carbonation with a bone dry finish. Some mild presence of alcohol noted but that just adds to the overall pleasure of this beer.

A masterpiece once again, I would put this on par with the 2000 and 2002 vintage but still below the 2001 which should be peaking any time now and the 1999 which is still other-worldly.
THANKS AGAIN WALT!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14397) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Akkurat, Stockholm; 7 years old
Beautiful dark amber color; creamy head. The aroma is malty, with caramel, sweet nuts, almonds, a hint of alcohol. Powerful mouthfeel, the fermentation has accomplished an excellent balance (malt, sweetness, bitterness, caramel, alcohol). Strong caramel-bitter final. No signs of ageÖ

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2005
Red-brown-orange. Fruity aroma with notes of bread, chocolate, alcohol, raisins and grapes. Fruity flavor with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. Hoppy ending.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5231) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. Numbered 40390 (like the 1997 vintage, the picture to the left was the one I took of my bottle, hence the same number). 1998 Vintage, obviously. Ruby brown with a small foamy off-white head. Nose is sweet and laden with caramel and ripe fruit. Light wafts of alcohol as well. Taste is very sweet and caramel laden. Lots of alcohol and some port wine notes. Raisins, light melon, faint hops, light grapefruity bitterness, and some hints of concord grapes. Body is smooth and creamy with light carbonation and mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with lots of raisins, caramel, ripened melon, dried citrus and hops, alcohol and perhaps light toffee. Maybe some in bloom flora. Nice! This aged much more gracefully than the 1997 Vintage. However, that could also be due to storage methods as I purchased both off eBay.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Thanks to, who else, but Walt for this beer.

Bottle #31717. Poured a semi-cloudy mahogany with a small off-white head which dissipated completely. Rich and sweet aroma of cream and fruit with floral essence. Taste has a roasted caramel character with a hint of cream and floral complexity. A dry alcohol burn almost overwhelms the flavor profile. Elegant if maybe a little unrefined.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Waffles topped with vanilla ice cream and lavender floral tones, with some port-like alcoholic sweetness in the uniquely appealing aroma. Opaque brown-tan with a fine-bubbled partial cover of creamy off-white head that leaves some sudsy lacing. Vinous, thick, port-like, bready, earthy, floral, chocolate and marzipan flavours with some mild dark fruit character. Gentle finishing bitterness. Medium body with soft carbonation and creamy texture. Seems like seven years is the sweet-spot for this one! Bottle (#31675) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
7-year-old bottle:

The Lure:
Caramel-covered cherries and maple syrup on waffles with a touch of port make quite a hedonistic breakfast. Peaches, citrusy and grassy hops and freshly-turned earth blow in from the open window.

The Festivities:
A glass of port wine, lawnmower clippings and a bouquet of flowers on the table. A drop of cream on a bowl of assorted berries.

Transcendence:
Still a hearty, fulfilling meal after all those years.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3 4  5  6 7 8 9 10


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50