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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Since it winds up being the case - just putting in a repitition of my rating for the 1997 - I'm sure that I haven't done anything to be noted here for my intelligence and now to add to it all I have to say that I could have put more of these away rather than having had most of them when they came off the shelf. I suppose there was a slight reason - One, that I liked it despite being able to tell that it could easily improve with age, and the other was simply the price - I spent money that I really didn't have at he time and wanted immediate satisfaction. Now I'm paying for it in another way by seeing how this has improved. Yes, all the comments about plums, dates, figs ... there's just so much there. Damn!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (1295) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle (60,046) - thanks Duncan. Clear deep reddish brown with good persistent head. Aroma is hugely complex - sweet, cough drops, malt, spices. Medium body with beautiful velvety carbonation. Flavour is complex: fruity, candy (cough drops?), vinous with a good long rich finish which starts pleasantly bitter and evolves into a dark chocolate flavour. An awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Thick and rich mouthfeel. Multilayered malt flavors with sweetish finish, but not cloying. There is a little bit of chalk in the finish. A very well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1176) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Recently opened and enjoyed. Well done and well aged. Not all that much to look at, but nice malty caramel aroma. Great sweetness in every sip with toffee and malt staving off the warming alcohol. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2002
(No. 17512, sampled 5/30/02) Very nice sweet maltiness, minimal hops compared to American barleywines. While this is a very fine ale, it doesnít live up to its price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 25, 2004
Cloudy, amber body with eggshell colored head. Smells english hops, dates, plums and squash big, sweet, complex and malty flavors. Yeast, grapes, alcohol, butterscotch, toffee all melding nicely on the tongue. Sampled from bottle# 53695 purchased at Toronado in San Francisco, CA. I just wish the Redskins would hurry up and make it into the playoffs so that I can next crack my '99 vintage I've been aging for over a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle share thanks to mcbackus. This on is legal is some states...I mean, uh. Pours a clear amber color with white head. Big caramel and toffee aroma, dark fruits, and alcohol. Chewy caramel flavor as well, boozy barrel like character, sweet, very tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Aroma is big bright fruit and sherry. Sweet and sugary with ripe, full fruit. Taste is oxidized, full sweet fruitiness with loads of sweet caramelized malt. I can hardly describe how yummy this is. Actually, this reminds me a lot of the Yona Barleywine. I get touches of heat, some hoppy bitterness. This is rich, deep and complex. Lots of crisp hop and fruit. Very, very good. This has aged gracefully and could go on for a few more years, but not too many more. This is cloyingly sweet, dense red fruit, cloying caramelized malt, and slight hop bite. I really like this beer a lot.

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