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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1998

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

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7124) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Tomís awesome Twickenham Brewery tasting.
I’m not gonna rattle on about the vintage ale as we all know what it’s like. At ten years old this had mellowed and the ingredients had married really well. There was an odd minty note in the aroma and it was slightly oxidised in the mouth but other than that it’s still going pretty well even though it is nearing the end of it’s life.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6713) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting (even though itís not categorized one), August 2012. Many thanks to Ken for busting out this rarity! It pours hazy mahogany brown, with a thin off-white film. The nose is date, plum, prune, raisin, fig, caramel, light spice and old wood. The taste is nut, caramel, wood, earth, light spice, leather, cherry, raisin and chewy malt, with a smooth finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Probably past its prime, but nevertheless itís smooth, mellow and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of oak, earthy, some tea, touches of sweet malt. Tastes of toffee, some sugary hints, spicy, lots of earthiness. Unfortunately, this did not live up to the excellent 1997 bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Not much head covers this cloudy orange beer. Mostly candyish honey and rockets candies aroma. Maple and orange create a more citric character than 97 and 99 vintages. Less earth and chocolate notes also lend the idea of an overall less well kept malt deepness. Nevertheless, thereís plenty of marries otter in there to procure those typical bready bitter caramel tones that, here, have aged as well as most bold sweet barleywines can be expected to have. Soft carbonation seems to fit the light-medium body here, but more fullness would be welcome. Thanks John!

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6016) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5617) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2004
Sampled at the RBESP 2004
Aroma has raisins, oranges, chocolate, a bit roast and noticable alcohol Cloudy amber, low creamy head. Quite spicy, wood, cognac roast, a bit chocolate , alcohol burn. Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Not that harmonic overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Stratford tasting @ Cletus house. Wow 1998 thanks nelson. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Oxidation is present, a malty apple pine and caramel seep through as the primary character, a bit ashy in the mouth with a dull fruity finish. Some darker plum and sugar notes. Good, given its age.


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