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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1998

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

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
The second in the series, this Vintage Ale was based on a Champion theme with the addition of Champion Alexis malt and Champion Northdown aroma hops. The result is a sweet, warming, creamy ale that is beautifully balanced.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9963) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle shared at the Craft beer Co tasting 24/11/2016. Many thanks to Ken for this one. A hazed orange brown coloured pour with a lasting loose off white head. Aroma is peppermint, caramel, oxidised, nutty malts, raisin, toffee. Flavour is composed of toffee, papery, raisin, toffee, cakey malts, peppermint. Palate is sugary, semi sweet, good condition. Very good for its age. Really fun to try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (6968) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2016
50ml bottle shared at the Hackobock tasting, Craft Islington. Many thanks to MadMitch76 for this one. It pours a hazed Amber color with a small beige head. aroma is sweet and lightly oxidised with caramel and biscuit. Taste is also sweet and lightly boosty with notes of caramel biscuit and cocoa beans. Lightly oxidised and quite tasty. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, not bad

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (915) - SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Reddish brown and wonderfully complex with a stunning structure, this beer is pure magic and a perfect example of what Fullerís can produce as a leading brewery. Fruit, plum bitter with strong robust delicious elegance and depth. Fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle share thanks to mcbackus. This on is legal is some states...I mean, uh. Pours a clear amber color with white head. Big caramel and toffee aroma, dark fruits, and alcohol. Chewy caramel flavor as well, boozy barrel like character, sweet, very tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4380) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle share thanks to mcbackus. Crazy that Iím drinking a 16 year old beer. Nose is full of toffee and amazingly only slightly oxidized. A nice chewy malt component but dries out fairly well with a touch of tannins and a hint of alcohol. Pretty darn good for old beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19218) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting, London. A massive thanks to Kenneth for sharing what is surely one of the most sought-after Fullerís beers around. Pours foggy, ruby-gold with a creamy, off-white head. dary caramel nose, some paper, definitely signs of oxidation, some dates and other rich, dried fruits. Medium sweet flavor with dusty brown sugar, bread, some leathery fruits, subtle cardboard coming through. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild dryness at the end, with dusty and toasty malts, some figs, faint cocoa, bread. Certainly a bit of oxidation has taken place, but there is still a great amount of rich, fruity character and soulful nuance to this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22685) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. Bottle won at a GBBF auction! Bottle No 56. Hazy brown beer, little tan head. Light smooth palate, airy. A little caramel and paper. Mild creamy toffee. Mild dried fruits. Hangs together pretty well and for a 14 year old beer has held up very well. However whilst backward extrapolation is subjective - I reckon this was a belter a few years ago. Anyone got one they have kept in the fridge since it was released? :)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Huge thanks to Ken for breaking out this rarely-found vintage! The pourís deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is raisin, brown sugar, some prune and newspaper. The taste is oxidized rum raisin ice cream, more dark fruits and heaps of brown sugar sweetness. Jammy body. Drinkable but clearly past its prime! If youíve still got a bottle, donít wait to open this up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13006) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting (even though itís not categorized one), August 2012. Many thanks to Ken for busting out this rarity! It pours hazy mahogany brown, with a thin off-white film. The nose is date, plum, prune, raisin, fig, caramel, light spice and old wood. The taste is nut, caramel, wood, earth, light spice, leather, cherry, raisin and chewy malt, with a smooth finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Probably past its prime, but nevertheless itís smooth, mellow and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010 courtesy of Mike. Cloduy amber body with a small white head. Sweet honey and fruit aroma. Sweet fruit, caramel and honey flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.


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