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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1999

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 Sampled 2003: Hazy orange amber; chewy, old-tasting, woody and sweet. Decent, but a little long in the tooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
55cl bottle. Bottle nr. 14775. Pours dark amber/brown with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is deep malty and complex. Lots of dark fruits, caramel, bread, toffee and vanilla. Oily, smooth and full bodied. A lot like a vintage Port Wine. Vinous, well aged. Vague notes of cellar and dust. A true sipper. Warming, smooth and just delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (15519) - 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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrupís - Thanks. Clear amber - offwhite head. Nutty. Oxidation. Fruity notes. Light smokey. Valnuts. Berries. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14183) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14168) - 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. Itís a bit thin. The start is dark fruit, but not sticky sweet. The hop is a bit subdued. Itís full of different flavor aspects. Slightly spicey, and stone fruit, plus a bit of raisin. Thereís 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 itís my last í99.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14122) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle at Falling Rock poured a lightly hazy copper with a small ring of an amber head. Aromas of cherries, carmel, prune and a hint of nuts. Palate waslight to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cherry, carmel, prune, vanilla, light chocolate and a hint of nuts with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13390) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 500ml, aged obviously. Tawny to brown with light head. After battling to and from work in deep snow on foot, I was ready for this beauty, and it didnít let me down. rich, port like flavours from the start, rounded and fruity with raisins and sultanas, there were no rough edges at all. Great stuff, looking forward to the other vintages now.

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