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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 1999

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks. Murky brown color, scant white edge head. Aroma of butterscotch and light spice. Taste is rich, fruity, caramel and scotch. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19385) - 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; it’s 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.

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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours clear, brown-ruby-red with a moderate, off-white head. Pretty lovely nose, aged malts, caramel, faint leather. Medium sweet flavor, nice toffee, light booze, pleasant oxidation, caramel, dried fruits. Medium to full in body with fine to average carbonation. Fairly warming finish, more caramel and toffee, toasted brown sugar, light licorice, candy, leaves, dark dried fruits. Excellent stuff. Has aged beautifully. The best of the vintages had at this tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Bottle 20330. Amber color, nice creamy offwhite/brownish head. Huge fruity raisin aroma, figs, milky notes, caramel, toffee andf some vanilla. Apricot notes and a bit vinous. Fruity and malty flavor, toffee, quite strong but not with too much alcohol. Raisin and caramel, a bit roasted. Strong raisin finish and with a huge body. Quite a spectacular beer, this...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17824) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle @ Parcel yard, London. Hazy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and soft. 061013

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koelschtrinker (17734) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 16, 2011
Sehr cremig-malziger Geruch, leicht süß, das Bier macht schon im Geruch Lust auf mehr. Cremiger Antrunk, stark malzig-süß geprägt. Dabei erscheint das Bier in keiner Lage auch nur annähernd alkoholisch. Besonders im Mitelteil ist die Würzigkeit und die Vollmundigkeit erwähnenswert. Im Nachgeschmack ist eine süße Note vorherrschend, unter der auch ab und an ein schokoladiger Ton erkennbar ist. Dies steigert sich erst und klingt dann nach und nach langsam ab. Überaus gelungen! Vielen Dank an den Doppelbock für das Teilen des Bieres! Test vom 8.5.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,14,13,14,11,14 - 13,50

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle at Kookfest 06. Hazy chestnut, lasting beige. I do like the hop on this. Quite soft in mouth. Creamy and then harsh hop on end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (17245) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 99’s 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 ’12. It was number 02293, a very low number compared to the others I’ve 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 99’s kicking around so will re-rate in time. Original rating:- 4- 3 - 4 - 3 - 8 Total + 2.2. -------&# rated (bottle) @ Frank’s (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. I’ve 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle #21023 @ Parcel Yard, Kings Cross. nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich dried fruits, caramel, alcohol and malt. A little oxidated, but still great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16529) - 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 it’s more than 12 years since its release. 120106

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