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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1999

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle at Maxís tasting. The aroma is grapes, boozy, fruity, caramel. The appearance is cloudy amber, white head. The flavor is fruit, bread, caramel, grapes, alcohol. Slight bit of oxidation noticeable. The finish is tart, tannic, bittering hops, which linger. Medium to medium/thick in body. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6671) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle at Maxís tasting. Pours golden amber with an off white head. Toffee and fruity malty aroma, with a hint of oxidation. The flavor has toffee sweet malt, sherry-like sweetness, and oxidation. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10321) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Mario at Maxís tasting. Pours brown. Tan head. Nose of brown sugar, toffee and sweet caramel. Taste of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, orange peel and bready malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010 couresy of Mike. Clear amber body with a small white head. Fruit and caramel aroma. Yeast, caramel, and fruit flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle No. 57288 thanks to bman1113vr. Hazy brown pour with a small amount of head. I honestly canít believe how well this has help up for being 12 years old. Earthy hop and caramel aromas. Tastes a bit like toffee and caramel - oxidation is there but isnít too bad. Officially the oldest beer Iíve ever tasted!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle number 57288 (via a trade with Captaincougar. Shared in Dallas). Hazy orange-brown body with a long lasting off-white head. Aromas are oxidized (a bit more than would be pleasant), marmalade, caramel, sherry, alcohol, bready and very fruity. Flavors are also oxidized with caramel, marmalade, fruity, toffee and currants. Still lively carbonation. Creamy and still quite good. About on par (degradation wise) as the 1997 I had two summers ago. The 2000 bottle I had last year was holding up much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6141) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
bottle, thanks to bman113vr, glad to have tried another one of these, moslty murky orange brown color with a malty fruit aroma, flavor is getting a little musty and dry, caramel is melting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Bottle No. 57288. The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee, with a bit of cardboard. Not surprising, the beer tastes a bit oxidized after 12 years. The flavor is toffee, caramel, dark fruit and once again, some cardboard notes from the oxidation. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
19th April 2009
Cloudy chocolate coloured beer with a short lived biscuit coloured head. Obviously an aged beer with lots of sweetish caramel and chocolate but it still has reasonable carbonation. A nice orangey, port and aniseed finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2010
Eleven years in the bottle and it still raises a head! What a little endurer. The nose is of pure heather honey and ginger-snaps, with a slight note of decay. The orange malts have crossed over into that congealed stage, like the stuff you find round the lip of a jam jar. Another sniff and still the honey dominates; very impressive for such an old beer - I can almost draw a garlic smell from this. In the mouth itís surprisingly dry. Again the honey is foremost but here a cointreau character develops and even something of brandy. Then thereís a damp, or sweaty, note and a biscuit taste from that decade old yeast. The years have thinned the body, surely all those residual sugars are converted to booze after so long a second fermentation. It would be interesting to know the final ABV. That said, the alcohol is nowhere to be found and this couldnít be smoother. It finishes on a bready note with that honey lasting forever. Quite astounding really - what an endurer... what a honey-heavy little endurer this is.

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