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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. 10 years old! Bottle #27359. The cloudy, muddy, medium-brown body with a thin bubbly edge really isnít much to look at, but who cares when youíre talking about a decade old brew as nice as this one. The aroma shows sweet caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, and copious amounts of vanilla. This one smells like Tahitian vanilla beans have been steeped in the dark liquid all this time. The flavor is quite sweet, with caramel and brown sugar malts showing strong. There are still some flowery hops left within, which is surprising given its age. The medium-full, syrupy body is well carbonated and smooth. Good stuff. This has aged incredibly gracefully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
WOW! Thanks Paiste2002 for this rare gem! Canít imagine what this would taste like fresh but this is a true testament to age a beer. This was DELICIOUS! Aroma was perfect; Strong caramel with a hint of caramel malt. Pour was a nice murky dark gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was like an alcoholic Sugar Daddy with a rich malty aftertaste. I donít have the patience to age a beer for over a year, but this beer has made me turn a corner. Thanks, Paiste2002!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Cloudy brown with more head than Iíd expect from something of this vintage. Aromas of dried fruits and mostly sticky sweet malts. First impression was Iím glad we drank this when we did, as itís either right at itís prime or a few months past. Taste is mostly malt with some esters that keep this still drinkable. Mild hop bitterness, mellow orange peel, and toffee.

   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Sampled 2000: Possibly the best of the Vintages, although sampled at 2 years of age, the 2000 sampled in 2002 reminds me of this one: dark amber, full head, rich raisiny and fruity notes, and dark earthy hopping. Creamy and smooth palate. Such a beautiful beer.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Bottle #13013 sampled on 7/27/02. Another blow your mind Fuller's Vintage Ale. A creamy beige head quickly diminishing on an amber body. The aroma is woody, malty, herbal, raisin fruity, and with notes of alcohol. Creamy smooth and bursts with flavor in the back of the mouth. The fruity flavors come through with pear and peaches. As it warms it transmutates into a stronger more intense beer with a warming alcohol presence. Bottle @ Toronado on 11/28/03. Reddish brown color with a tan head. Sweet malty caramel flavors. Smooth as ever with a slick oily palate. A subtle chocolate and toffee mix. Warming. Beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2004
Sampled in 2004: Big, fat nose with wild berry aromas - slightly perfumy after warming up. Muted ruby red color with some brown hues. Foamy lathery head. Lucious think malt base with dark fruit flavors in the malt (raisins, figs, dates). Powerful crisp bitter hoppiness with a clear resolution in the corners of the mouth. A little grassy in the finish. Like a barleywine for sure. Great great balance - this has aged extremely well. Better than the 1999 and 2000

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Bottle #37603: On the pour a cloudy orange-amber color, the head is beige and moderate in size and texture, the lace is quite decent sheets that cling to the glass to the very end. Nose is Malt, plummish, earthy, hints of Alcohol. Yo Baby Yo Baby Iím going to like this one and I havenít even touch it to my lips! Front is somewhat sweet, the top is medium, the finish is Acidic, dry, nice hop spicy bite, and a bit alcohol bitter, and I can also feel the íTummy Warmingí. I guess I need to borrow the 5 ton low-boy, and go pick up a dozen or so pallets of Vintage Fullerís Ranks #134 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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