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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 1998

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
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 19/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle No. 12993: Hazy orange color, medium foamy head, soft carbonation. Banana tone in the nose first, than apples, raisons alsonice malt and intens hops flavors to follow. Taste almost like a Bigfoot. Coffebean flavor, that last long. Berry aftertaste, also tones of dates. Not thick - long lasting bitterness. Your tonogue stick to the roof of the mouth cause the first initial kick of bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Pour is honey amber color with a thin off white head...smell is caramel, pepper, and alcohol...taste is deliciously warm and sweet, almost burgundy-like...finish is dry and too quick...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2001
Garnet color; Head that stays very rocky and clings frantically to the glass; deep, sweet malt aroma. All the hops are gone from this beer after three years in the cellar. No subtlty at all, just unadulterated malt sweetness in your face. Almost like drinking chocolate milk. Warming in the tummy and definitely worth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - APR 2, 2005
another gem from kawa. pours amber with a white head. aroma is plums and alcohol. upfront flavor is peppery with some sweetness and an interesting caramel. wonderful palate that is almost woody but not quite. this caresses my tongue. sorry we made you try the gose after you brought this great beer walt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2002
No: 31867. Heavy malt, dark fruity aroma. Not as thick on the palate as I expected but maintains drinkability alongside its smooth texture. Malts from start to finish, port-like flavors, yeasty with some dryness. Maraschino cherries add extra sweetness with a lingering jammy aftertatse while a considerable alcohol warmth wraps things up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Drank as a vertical tasting with ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 Vintage Ales. 1998 was the "tired" one of the bunch. Great dark brown appearance with solid tan head. Toffee, sweet fruit and caramel flavors. I’d say this one was a bit off when it came to flavor and a bit past its prime. Needless to say thanks for Eyedrinkale for supplying the Fullers for the vertical tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
TheCheeseman strikes again! Pours a dark amber, with a smallish off white head. Smells of apples, caramel malts, and some bready yeast. Still sharp in the nose. Good sign. The flavor had soft carbonation as expected with its age, still pretty sweet. The caramel and dark fruits made up most of the flavor characters, and it had a great smoothness to it that helped drink nice and easy. This has held up well, not surprising coming from a great English brewery. Thanks for sharing this rare brew Dan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. More perfumey than the 97. Taste notes of burnt wood, tannins, honey, and bitter on the back end. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
The Cheeseman brings the noise with another Fullers Vintage. Cloudy copper color with a thin blanket of white head. Sweet candy corn aroma, sweet malts. Mild malt taste, sweet middle and dry finish. Rich and tasty, but really starts to knock on the door of cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Bottle at Toronado in San Francisco. I was pleased to see this on the bottle menu. Nice hazy orange pour with a little creamy head. Raisons, apples, and some dark fruits dominate the aroma. Crisp taste. Caramel, some hops, and malt in the flavor. Definitely a treat to have for sure! Aged very well.

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