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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1999

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle Conditioned.
The Champion theme was used once again for this classic Vintage Ale with Champion Fuggles and Champion Optic malt. Slightly redder in appearance, this ale is full of body with a sherry-like flavour.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
bottle thanks to bman. poured hazy amber with an off white head. aroma was caramel, grain, sherry, and some noticeable oxidation. The flavor was pretty much the same with a slick body and low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11647) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Bottle at friends - 27/08/12. Firstly this bottle had clearly turned and despite having had a couple of excellent 99ís this year I felt it appropriate to leave this review as a warning against anyone else who may blow £8 on a bottle that was a pretty quick drain pour! I believe I picked this bottle up from the Fullers Brewery shop in July í12. It was number 02293, a very low number compared to the others Iíve had in the 60,000/70,000 number range. The label was musty and actually fell off as soon as I remvoed it from the box, it appeared to have been stored in dampish conditions (not by me!). Murky reddish brown with a minimal tan head which soon thins to nothing. Very woody musty nose - not right! Muted backnote of dark fruits but hard to penetrate the dank musty aroma. Taste as nose, all flavours impaired, just picking out cherry, prunes and figs. Medium bodied with zero carbonation, still as a pond. I have a few more 99ís kicking around so will re-rate in time. Original rating:- 4- 3 - 4 - 3 - 8 Total + 2.2. -------&# rated (bottle) @ Frankís (Ramnuts) tasting - 06/11/12, #16341. Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head which clears to the edge quickly and forms a small pond. Nose is dark fruits, prunes, dates, a little wood, a little too much oxidisation me thinks. Taste is dark fruits, figs, prunces, toffee, woody notes, again over oxidised. Medium bodied with a bite, smooth. Much better than #2293 but again not a great one, way past its prime. Iíve had 2 really good examples of this vintage in this calendar year which would be firmly in the 3.8-4.1 bracket. Keep trying - I have a couple left!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14774) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 55cl. Bottle # 02056. A light copper to amber colored beer, pouring clear, and topped by a minimal sized off-white head. The aroma has some oxidation and alcohol, as well as caramel, dried fruits and a little camphor touch. Nice bitterness in the flavor, along with caramel, oxidation, some camphor and a faint mint touch. Full-bodied, smooth and lightly warming on the palate, and with a lasting finish. Certainly in good condition even though itís more than 12 years since its release. 120106

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUL 25, 2012
Dark copper colour with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel, melon, blood orange, berries, with a hint of acidity. Somewhat sticky, warming palate. Great sweet flavour with bread, caramel, liqueur, orange, spices, honey, a hint of coffee. Exceptionally enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10867) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber color. Still pours a surprisingly steady head. Sherry, sewer and lemon in the aroma. Medium bodied, still. Alcoholic. Sherry and raisin. Powdery mouthfeel. Still some remaining hopbitterness. Almost whisky-like. Has kept very well, better as the 2002. Still lively and in shape.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is licorice, alcohol, berries. flavour is licorice, malt, alcohol, oxidation, hop, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7424) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
Bottle 7504. Clear-to-muddy chestnut with a creamy beige collar that shrinks to a slick. Well-behaved, conditioned, hugely drinkable beer wafting with vinegared batter, sake, cocoa-dusted dankness. Deep and textured with a silken, dank, cocoa and aniseed-dusted sake..something about it. Tempura river fish, sherry, star anise..develops a distinct, mildewed, oriental sweetness; muscovado, Grottenbier. It would be sacrilege but I want to marinade some pork or beef in this. Had my reservations, but as 5K beers go itís more than worthy; a deep, luxurious experience thatís got me thirsting for some more vintaged English. If only the whole portfolio was aged for 13 years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerViking (2940) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy deep mahogany, nose brings syrup, a little wood and medicine, touch of coffee, palate has old wine, a little coffee and chocolate, some phenol, dry fruity finish with woody hints.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7250) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 55 cl bottle. @ The Grand Vintage tasting.
Bottle No. 11265.
Pours clear mahogany color with a minimal head. Lots of plums on the nose, dark fruits and some caramel. Plums, caramel and dark ripe fruits on flavor too. Very refined still. Excellent.
50 cl bottle @ KBF.
Rated on 20101126.
Copper color. Aroma of ripe fruits like plum, malts and caramel. Flavor of caramel malts, ripe fruits and raisins.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8371) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting. It pours clear deep red-amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, leather and some sweet, sticky fruit. The taste is wood, dust, leather, golden syrup, honey, spice and toffee, with a bitter-dry finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and a thick, slightly cloying mouth-feel. Fairly straight forward actually. Nice enough, but perhaps too sweet.


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