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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: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Bottle 57260: Pour is cloudy and produces a quickly dissipating gray head. Aroma is nutty. Initial flavor has a hint of plum and spices which transforms into sweet malty aftertaste. This brew tastes strong and warms the chest!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3769) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Bottle #54285, opened on 5 August 2002. Bottle opened to a burst of head out of the bottle--quick...to the sink....! (compares in this respect to the Tickle Brain strong ale.) First aroma is of dried fruit, first taste of sweetness. As others have experienced it, so too did I find this easier to drink and much more enjoyable as it went on. It is tough to say whether that is because of changing flavors or simply the effect of the alcohol. Whereas my initial reactions focused on the acidic and sweet quality of the beer (plus the relative strength of the alcoholic flavor), this mellowed out nicely and I started to concentrate more on the flavors: hops, caramel, raisins, grapes, malts. Nevertheless, I could never get past the notion, swimming around my brain, that perhaps the 1845 was Fullersí more interesting and enjoyable beer. Heresy? Perhaps. I think perhaps I just spent too long in England to really look in wonder at a beer such as this--I think Iím a bit jaded regarding English strong ales. // I re-tried the 1999 on 21 Jan 2005, with the 2002 - 2004 also being consumed in a vertical. This beer truly did exceed the other vintages. Absolutely lovely and surprisingly rich in aromas and flavor. A perfect marriage of caramel and alcohol, and very invigorating. Bottle #67363.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2003 Beautiful color with milky,long lasting head.Lacey,perfectly beaded!Fruity,vinous,aromas.Slightly hoppy&oxidized aromas.Caught this one just in time.Silky,smooth,thick,palate.Big time malts with a dry,vinous finish.Sweetness and fruitiness are balanced perfectly. Still some hops(soft) in the finish also,with the slightest alcohol showing.Real tasteful alcohol presence.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Sweet fruity malt aroma,minimal head, smooth and creamy mouthfeel,sweet malty taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2002
There are few things better in life better than having your lips physically stick to the glass after drinking a fine barley wine or strong ale. This brew is extremely sweet and reminds me of a glass of Drambouie. Complex and spicy, I would highly recommend this brew. Bring it to a spring picnic and drink it under a tree as the sun sets and the world cools.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Served at cellar temp. First impressions; sweet alcoholic aroma, with some hops (fuggles?) there as well. First few sips, actually first two thirds of the beer, sweet, not complex, what is the fuss about. and them boom, like a switch was thrown on, and bam the flavors start to dance. Dark fruits give way to soaring maltiness. Hops stay in the background, but assert their presence. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 2002-07-13
Amber colour, thick collar of foam. Wonderful hop and malt aroma; itís very complex and surprisingly persistent; getting warmer it develops some wallnut notes, lovely. Powerful body, malty, sweet in the beginning but well balanced, soon, by the hop, that introduces to a very good, quite long, not too much bitter final. It gets better while getting warmer, loosing a strange unfinished/metallic sensation; but the hopping is worth this (expensive) brew.</br>I simply love the perfect marriage of hop and barley in the mouth.

2005-04-01
The aroma is sweeter, with fudge; the taste is more mellow, honeyish, with sweet nuts and a lot of sweet caramel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jazz88 (2589) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Rating #1: Bottle #63580 enjoyed on 7/10/02 (10 4 9 4 19). A redish brown color with a creamy beige head that holds its own and rising bubbles throughout. The aroma is heavenly with malt, peppermint, herbal spices, alcohol, and chocolate. The flavor is unlike any other, just a masterpiece. [I reach the 100 beer milestone with this wonderful ale. I enjoy it with my royal pint glass from a pub in Oxford, and with nod across the ocean to my best friend Patrick. Cheers!] Rating #2: Bottle #81838 enjoyed on 3/21/05 out of a trappist glass (8 4 9 4 19). A tea colored reddish brown color with a light brown head. The flavor is complex with the herbal mint that I remembered for the past (or at least my notes above remind me), rounded malts, toffee, some brown sugar and a bit of the dark dry fruits (dates, figs). Although Patrick has since left Oxford, I give a nod, once again, to the place where he left his heart.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The color is a beautiful, hazy amber. The nose is both fruity and malty. Very malty beer and a bit on the sweet side. Could use more of those award winning hops. Otherwise, a terrific drinking experience!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2002
very good a good beer


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