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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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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1274) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10140) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Beige medium sized head. Vineous, fruity and light alcaholic aroma. Almonds, sweetness and some light port notes in the flavour. Has a light alcaholsweetness in the end. Quite like this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1075) - 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.

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.

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.

3.9
   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7101) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Nice head and adequate lacing. The aromas surprised me on this one as the floral character of the hops could still be detected. Good caramelization detected with a strong and not overpowering malt complexity. A couple layers in here in fact. Still a decent bitterness on the back end after all these years. Overall, one could find that this "lost a step" due to the extended aging, but really held up remarkably well considering. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle shared at BCTC on Saturday night, 7/21/07
Another fine appearance, Iím tempted to give it a 5, and probably should. Maybe I will come back and change that. Iíll have to have it again. Whatís in an appearance score, anyways? Medium-sized light light beige head fades to strong cover with ample lacing. Clear, copper-garnet color, still plentiful carbonation.
Ahh, much better than the 97, with less massive sweetness and more complexity. Seems like itís closer to the 1999, though it dosent have the ester profile and light tartness of that one. This one seems more toasted and woody, with some earthy, almost scratchy malts that carve out a path for the sweet, residual sugars to slide delicately down the back of the throat. Or not so delicately, actually, as they are in quite high number by the end of the glass. But the somewhat papery oxidation notes, which were surprisingly more prevalent here than in the 97, and earthy, yeast notes give some balance, if somewhat blandly.
More straightforward cherry, date, peach and vanilla without the spiciness of the hops that you can find when these are still young. Itís been so long since Iíve had the 99, Iíll have to revisit and see if itís as good as I remember, because I dont remember it being this sweet and, rather, simple. Still, a delightful after-dinner cordial (almost) and like Glouglouburp says, somewhat of a barleywine. Regardless, you canít deny this stuff is incredibly well-malted. Iíd like to see a stronger yeast signature out of it, but then, even Fullersí well-attenuated, fresh cask ales do not have much house character. The woodiness and toastiness is nice though. Thanks to Ebay for the bottles (which I got a LONG time ago).


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