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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled in 2006. Dark red in color. Plums and sweet maltyness. Fairly oxidised. A little metallic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (11947) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottled #6843@Akkurat
Ruby red color, steady beige head. Light nose with plums, "Fullers licorice" and nuts. Much less intensive than 1997 vintage (which was sampled just before this). Sweetness, licorice, some late hoppyness. Nice rounded, liquerish mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5557) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
No. 37661: Beautiful deep honey amber color -hazy. Pours with large head, loosly carbonated, dissipates quickly. Medium strength nose of sweet malt, very light hop notes - also a bit metalic. Unique flavor - overall flavors dominated by bitter hops, to a lesser degree some muted/musty malt notes ... followed by a bit of metalic notes. The appreciation is realizing this is a 4-year old beer and thus an education to oneís sensory knowledge. Not at incredible beer by any means - but important nonetheless due to its age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4493) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle #33695
Hazy burgundy coloured body with a dense tan head. Aroma of pit fruit, light caramel and malt. Full-bodied; Super sweet taste of caster sugar, pit fruit, caramel, toffee and cherries. Aftertaste shows pungent sugars and a good toffee overture. Overall, a nice treat to sample. Many thanks go out to Phil (Haddon90) for finding this and picking this up at the bar! I sampled this 500 mL bottle at Toronado in San Francisco, California on the second day of 10-June-2004...our first was spent in Sydney, Australia.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Poured a clear copper with a golden outline. Small off-white head. Heavy malt aromas. Molasses, honey, tart cherries, apples, and alcohol aroma and flavors. Light to medium bodied. Alcohol warming and a soft carbonation. Finish is dry leaving you with a long bitterness on the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a dark but clear amber. Great aroma as it warms...sweet malts and cara-toffee notes. Flavor is similar with lotsa sweet caramel maltiness, and a tad of hop presence and a nice alcohol kick. While not thin...itís not as full bodied as I wouldíve liked...still, a great ale---aged pretty damn well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4418) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, apple, and light chocolate. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderate large bubbled off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel, light chocolate, and fruit. The finish has a hint of apple and oxidation. Light-medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and mild carbonation.


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