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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1999

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

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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1709) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Bottle 66792. Medium brown color. As it warmed the flavor became much more robust and complex. Malt, nut nose. Warming alcohol palate that mellows into a slight bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Dark amber color, very thin & minimal head, brown sugar in the nose, lots of alcohol in the flavors & aftertaste, that fact I think is the only downfall of this beer, full-bodied, syrup-like body & very thick, decently balanced, a good strong ale

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2693) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2008
So a warning, this bottle probably was not stored in the best conditions. Poured a dark ruby brown color. The age was showing at first pour. Aroma is British fruity yeast and old (good amount of aged cardboard). The combination is not a "spice" but comes of spicy if that makes sense. A British malt sweetness in there as well. Taste has some age evaporation going on as is common with older beers, just light here. Some of the cardboard is gone and it turns into a lightly sweet and lightly watery flavor. A bit too light now. If you have a better kept bottle go for it but otherwise may not be too interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerome (21) - FRANCE - NOV 1, 2009
The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and caramel. The color is dark amber and it has a small fast disappearing head. The flavor is sweet and malty with strong notes of caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
18.6 ounce bottle, #79883. Pours a dark brown with orange highlights and a compact tan head. Aroma is roundly of caramel malts, somewhat dusty, grassy. Flavor has a little honey at first, then the caramel maltiness takes over. Slightly bitter finish. Rich mouthfeel, thick and slightly carbonated. A little over the hill, but still enjoyable at this point. Overall, good to very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010 couresy of Mike. Clear amber body with a small white head. Fruit and caramel aroma. Yeast, caramel, and fruit flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11111) - 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 99ís 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 í12. It was number 02293, a very low number compared to the others Iíve 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 99ís kicking around so will re-rate in time. Original rating:- 4- 3 - 4 - 3 - 8 Total + 2.2. -------&# rated (bottle) @ Frankís (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. Iíve 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!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells earthy with touches of fruit, caramel, earthy hints. Tastes of caramel and overly cloying with a semi tarte finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Vintage 1999 A: slightly opaque tawny color. light tan head with low retention and ringlike lacing. S: apples and spices, cinnamon, clove, like apple cider almost. T: tastes similar to an apple pie, like a nice english ale meets my grandmotherís apple pie. slight alcohol burn. apple and spiced notes...obviously. M: very dry finish, mild carbonation. medium bodied. D: rather nice for a 9 year old...old ale. good drinkability.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (8551) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #02056 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours deep amber/ brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of oxidized, malt, raisin, prunes and berries. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.


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