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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1999

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 395   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11963) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11835) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11778) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11705) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (11652) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Yes! Quite a surprise when I saw this at ōlbaren 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11539) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber color. Still pours a surprisingly steady head. Sherry, sewer and lemon in the aroma. Medium bodied, still. Alcoholic. Sherry and raisin. Powdery mouthfeel. Still some remaining hopbitterness. Almost whisky-like. Has kept very well, better as the 2002. Still lively and in shape.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11069) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2004
Bottled: Fantastic clear amber colour. Lasting off white head. Fruits, malt, spices and a somewhat chocolatish aroma. Vanilla, fruits (plums), alcahol and a kind of sherry flavour. Very pleasant. This is much better and more subtle than the 1997 version I've tried. Smooth and pleasant. Has a dry fruity finish with pleasant alcahol accents. Is long lasting on the palate. Very good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Many thanks to my summer SecretSanta for this gem. Pours a hazy mahagony with a small, slight tan head, edgy with some patches on top and lined to spotty lacing. Aroma is huge floral hops, caramel and maple malt (cookie, biscuit), yeast (dough) and fragrant flowers and fruit (earthy raisins, apricot). Medium candied caramel malt sweetness at the onset, medium to moderate acidity and bitterness in the middle with some alcohol burn and tinging floral hops, fruit at the end. Full bodied and warm, fizzy and slightly dry palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10926) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 Bottle no 07465, thx to BierkŲnig ! - hazy brown colour, fine head, malty and chocolatey nose with light notes of plum, very smooth, full-bodied with a robust bitterness, the finish is very long, dry with a biscuity maltiness, showing more notes of chocolate - robust, deeply balanced and incredibly pleasant

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