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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2001
Iíve said it before, Iím sure Iíll say it again. Stronger ales are where itís at, especially when they come from the UK. Barleywine, this is. Absolutely spectacular. Extremely well-balanced, flavor is indescribably delicious. If you find this one, buy it!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2002
Toffee tasting with a welcome alcoholic bite. Someone said butterscotch flavor and I would have to agree. Full body. Cool packaging. Soon will try the 2000 and 2001.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2002
alcoholic appley aroma, long lasting flavors are not only incredible but dance around on your tongue, so sweet like liquid candy with a bitter hoppy finish that lasts all through Braveheart! Pure greatness! My highest rating to date!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
muzzlehatch (4601) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Cloudy dark strawberry, medium fast-diminishing snow-white creamy head. Aroma of wood, butterscotch, the best chocolate, cream. Absolutely incredible, one of the top 10 beer aromas for me! Flavor: a bit of bittnerness at the front and perhaps a tad too much alcohol, but then.. huge swaths of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, oak, English peat and the weight of 2000 years of fighting for the independence of a few small islands and .... sorry, just getting carried away. This is English beer-making at its finest, with enormous finesse and subtly, creaminess yet power and strength. The best English beer I have yet had, and I am sorry that I did not buy more even at 8.00 a bottle. Very near perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Aroma is sweet but mellow. Oak, plums, ripe fruit, and red wine - vaporous. A bit of apple, but mostly like a red wine. Not much hops. Beer is clear bright red golden, with off-white thin lacing head. Palate is medium silky and a bit watery. Medium carbonation with a little alcoholic burn. Taste is sweet up front and has a sweet kick for the finish and after. Mellow bitterness persists for finish and after, with alcoholic burn and oak character. Deep flavor, persistant after - this is a sipping beer. Nutty after, some vanilla or brown sugar. Addictive flavor with new sensations and bursts of flavor on each sip. One of the best beers I've had thus far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2015 1999: Bottle # 64950... Poured a cloudy light ruby color with a small light tan head that encircled the top of the glass. A strong fruity aroma with touches of rum, whiskey and certainly alittle alcohol present. This is one of the most complex beers I have had. Alcohol is well balanced throughout, never too strong though. Sweet, fruity tastes found first, followed by a dry peppery taste. Some chocolate, toffee, sweet caramel and even alittle licorice next. Finishes crisp and smooth, no one flavor is overbearing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2004
550 ml brown bottle, 8.5% Vol, bottle conditioned no 06235. Iíve had this in storage for over a year,saving it for my 50th rating. Since it was a hot summer day I treated it to five minutes in my electric beer chiller aka wine cooler. Poured a wonderful rich ruby bronze. Golden head which doesnít last & no lacing. Who cares? Liqueur brandy, chocolate cream& toffee,roasted rich fruit cake aroma. The flavour is difficult to put into words.The first sweet butter cream hit, the subtle alcohol coming through with succulent berry& chocolate theme. Perfect mouthfeel with long satisfying finish Master Brewer Keeling is a Artiste. This is the best beer I have ever tasted. Who needs wine & liqueurs? Iíve got two more 1999s & twp 2000s. Roll on the next special occasion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Thanks to markus for this gem. bottle #67363. ruby hued with a minimal white head. sweet molasses aroma. taste is sweet caramel that leaves a dry sugar daddy taste. a wonderful beer. if this is supposedly passed its prime i can only imagine how great it was and go into a daze of drool and longing with a six foot erection and a glazed over stare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2002
I picked up some candied yams?, heavy malts with hints of alcohol (rummy notes) and dried fruit. Off-tan teeny bubbled head with excellently retained ring whisp. A little lighter than I would prefer on the palate. I like a syrupy feel which some barleywines offer. I noticed a marshmallowy texture as well which made this truly quaffable. Are those plums I detect? Anything is possible in a beer this complex. Yes, it is loaded with fuggles, as the beer expert Venom nicely put it. Oh momma, holy moly. The champion hops and malted barley are so exquisitely used in this fine ale. Next up...2000, in the cellar for a much later date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clove99 (1) - Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2002 does not count

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