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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 1999

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

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RATINGS: 386   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (10778) - 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 (10770) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10605) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
shared by ungstrup at his cellar clearing tasting. i owe you.... clear amber, smooth white head. somewhat oxidized hops, caramel, malts. dark fruits, almost licorice. neat.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
[Thanks a million Ungstrup!] Clear deep amber with medium beige head. Sweet fruity and vinious aroma with caramel notes. and toasted malt. Sweet vinious flavor with notes of overripe fruits, caramel, toasted malt, madeira. Ends with warming alcohol. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10343) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2008
Botella. Bottle # 06684. Nice bit golden amber colour with a medium white ehad leaving a fair lacing. Sweet and malty caramel fruity aroma. Good soft mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet like a nice port with some alcohol, caramel, toasted malt and dark fruits. Well complexed brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10058) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Powerfull toffee caramellic flavor. Long finish. Creamy palate.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koelschtrinker (9995) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
This vintage 1999 is bottle No. 21752 and I drink it in May 2006 - so it’s 6½ years old by now. The color is deep amber with a beautiful red hue, the head is huge and golden. The aroma is malty and sweetish with notes of caramel and fruity hops. The moutfeel is oily. The flavour is sweetish, vinous with notes of roasted malts, caramel, raisin and other fruits. It has a nice bitterness, and a hint of alcohol, that I would have thought should be gone by this age. It’s a really nice beer, but not one of the very best....


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