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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1999

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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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 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 (7874) - 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 (6036) - 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 (5856) - 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 (16117) - , 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 (245) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9646) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 550ml bottle (Utobeer, London) BBE 2002, drunk 2010-12-22
7 Defintely old - a little dry and dusty. Plenty of raisins, and leathery.
4 Got 568ml out of it Iím sure. Very deep red, small brief head that settles to a small ring.
8 Really bitingly hoppy taste. Very highly attentuated malts, left with a slightly winey, and slightly cognacky in its woodiness A touch chalky later.
4 Full palate, but thin through aging. Walnutty and dry finish, and a pleasant bitter tingle that didnít last as long as I expected. 15 I guess this has stopped improving, as it was very dry, and a little dusty, but at 11 years old, it lasted pretty well. Fullers proving their worth yet again.
Rerate: Dec 2012 (7+:4:7+:4:14+=3.6+++)
A: 7+ Very raisiny/winey aroma, aged, but not actually "old" old, which was the affliction the previous bottle had (2 years ago).
L: 4 Deep red, beige head, a little more persistent than last years bottle. Poured clear as much as possible.
T: 7+ Less bitter bite than last year. Mellower. Sweetish, quite raisiny and winey, but with some almost cognac-esque vapours rising up the back of the nose. Just a touch nutty, walnut papers,
P: 4 Fairly crisp palate. Slightly smooth from the few remaining sugars. Served a bit cold, thatís my fault, stops it from being so full in the mouth, but makes it also easy to drink, almost refreshing.
O: 14+ I miss the bitter bite that last yearís sample had. Given that itís a year older, it strangely doesnít taste as old and dusty, but still I prefered the last one.
Rerate: (7:4:8:4:15=3.8) drunk 2013-12
Sweeter and less papery than last years. Perfumey floral aroma. Zesty. Minty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
Appearance:Hazy, brown. Nose:Fruity balsamico.Spices. Round. Winy. Mouthfeel:Soft, round, mellow, excellent. Flavor: Very nice toffee. Begins sweet, but dries. Some spices. Sherry. Aftertaste is disappointing. A nice beer, but not so complex as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rune (8501) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2010
550ml bottle in elegant packaging, No. 16735, bought at Utobeer in London last summer for about £6. Thin, but steady, beige layer covering the surface of a slightly cloudy, deep, dark reddish body. Really delicious aroma of Christmas pie, including prunes, raisin and figs. Comprehensive taste profile starting with raisin, dark fruits and figs followed by dusty hops and earthy malts and added by mild, dark spices with a touch of anise. Very smooth, mellow and lingering finish. Masked alcohol. Nam, nam. Best before end 2002, according to the label Ė just impressive that this full bodied ale still carries that rich aroma and flavour eight years later (birthday celebration at home, TromsÝ 03.11.2010).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2161) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle from Utobeer Market Stall. Dark cloudy brown pour with a beige head. Rich nose. Lovely sharp sherry notes. Port, whisky, caramel. Beautifully aged. The rich vinous character in the nose is also reflected in the extremely nice taste. Port and sherry feature once again with a whole bunch of figs, Christmas cake, raisins, sultanas, caramel and toffee. Rich - warm hug by a roaring fire on a cold winters night- flavours. Hoary stuff indeed. Guaranteed to roast your cockles!

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