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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: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2002
Yep, damned near perfect. Sweet, almost rum-like nose. Extraordinarily smooooooth flavor--sweet, but not cloying, with notes of caramel and cream or butter. A real ídesert islandí brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2002
Just a pleasant ale. A lots of malt flavors with a good hops balance. Not particularly complex, but age may help.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
The parts were all there...most definitely. Aroma was so subtle and fantastic and full. The presentation of this thing, from the packaging to the beautiful thin wispy head that remains after the pour, is wonderful. Delightfully complex flavors that others have mentioned, and it is very well balanced. But I echo at least one other comment that it seems barleywineish to me, and seems far stronger than the labelís 8.5% indicates. In fact, my major beef is the big alcohol presence throughout beginning, middle and end of this syrupy, silky, full-bodied experience. It just wasnít for me. Aging might soften that?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Vintage ALE JUST ABOUT GOES ALL THE WAY FOR ME.dAMN GOOD BEER! pROBABLY BETTER IF YOU LET IT AGE. wHO WANTS TO WAIT?

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clove99 (1) - Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2002 does not count

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
jazell99 (1) - New Strawn, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2002 does not count

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2002
I have tried the 1999, 2000, and 2001 vintages. I have not noticed that much difference between them, but the 1999 seems to get the best ratings. I canít add much to the tasting notes, it was good. However, I was not expecting the barley wine-type flavor and sweetness. This beer is more of a barley wine and less a strong ale in my book. Still good, though.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2002
Bottled brilliance. Nose of port, sherry, plums, raisins with a Fuggle background is absolutely mouth watering. Deep bronze color is breathtaking. Deep malty start with notes of port and plums in the middle. Finishes with a pleasant mixture of malt and bitterness. The flavors just blend perfectly, as do the different aromas. This is just perfect in place of a B&B or a port after dinner.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2002
Man, this beer is a gift from the Lord. I am glad I know where to buy about 4 more boxes of this terrific brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 10, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 1999 vintage, bottle #62666: A wonderful blend of contradictions: Bitter, yet sweet, light, yet bold, complex, yet easy to drink, expensive, yet cheap.


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