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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 1999

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
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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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (12834) - 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12169) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle #21023 @ Parcel Yard. Deep red/brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, oxydized, earthy and toasted. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, toffee, medium sweet, dusty, oxydized, dark fruits,

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koelschtrinker (12158) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 10, 2007
No. 75836 Sharp aroma of malt. Something of a fruit aroma accompanies it. Beautiful hazy ruby amber color with a beige head that almost laces. It’s a bit thin. The start is dark fruit, but not sticky sweet. The hop is a bit subdued. It’s full of different flavor aspects. Slightly spicey, and stone fruit, plus a bit of raisin. There’s so much going on in there that the description may be unique to each rater. The finish has non-sweet malt and non-harsh bitter. Mellow seems to be the word. Too bad it’s my last ’99.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 (Bottle No: 67684) Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color with a medium-sized white head. Very smooth, almost like a fine barley wine, with cream, carmel and malt flavors. Very good!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12076) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12067) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is licorice, alcohol, berries. flavour is licorice, malt, alcohol, oxidation, hop, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Rich, malty, & liqueur-ish. The fuggles lend good balance. Some fruitiness, caramel sweetness, and some vanilla(?). I’ve gotta get me another bottle and stash it away for aging.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11612) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 Muddy red/brown with an off white relatively small head. Highly complex fruity aroma. Raisins and other dried fruit, plums, port and brandy, apples and a little hay. The fruit continues in the flavour. Initially sweet with some burned notes, followed by a growing dryness. Long bitter aftertaste. Best mouthfeel ever; feels like silk on the tongue.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (11381) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Yes! Quite a surprise when I saw this at Ølbaren in Copenhagen... Anticipation was high, and I was not disappointed! Pours a hazy reddish amber with a little creamy head. It eds up as a thin film with thicker foam along the sides of the glass. If you turn the glass, the remaining head sticks a little to the glass, but soon ends up back on top of the beer. Aroma is stunning. Plums and prunes give it a sherry feel. Flavours are wonderful as well. A malty sweetness and quite vinious. Caramel, plums, hops, oak, some vanilla and lots of sherry tones. Stunning!


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