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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1997

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


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Brewed on 18th May and 22nd July 1997 this is the first in the portfolio of Vintage Ales. Dark in appearance, the taste is almost brandy like with a hint of fruitiness in the aroma.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (8036) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle number 14110, which I came across in a chest of drawers while clearing out my fatherís garage. It poured clean and clear, mahogany coloured, with a momentary, off-white, head and touch of carbonation. The aroma was rich, with plenty of fruitcake notes, a touch of oak, warming alcohol but no hop character remained. The flavour was sweet and boozy, with plenty of berry fruits, nuts, a yeasty edge and warming, rich finish. Almost 18 years after it was brewed, this was a great beer. Cheers John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (6911) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Backlog rating. Colin Brings The Goods tasting at Kernel tap room, London. It pours a murky dark amber/brown color with no head to speak of. Aroma is sweet and robust, oxidised with notes of cardboard and dust. But figs, raisins, toffee and caramel notes are still there. Taste is straight up sweet with more toffee, figs and ripe fruits, more cardboard and dust. Light bodied, thin and quite flat. Body is not the strength of this beer, not anymore at least. Overall, very interesting to this this odd rarity, many thanks Colin. I have to say this was anyways better than expected after all these years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9626) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
Bottled 550 ml at Akkurat, Stockholm, on August 7, 2014.
No 25060.
Clear brown color, tan head. Sweet, raisin, coca-cola, alcohol, some juniper, sugary, honey, berries, chocolate, candy, cocoa scent. Sweet, mellow, alcohol, raisin, smooth, dry chocolate taste. Cocoa aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low to medium low bitterness. Warming alcohol.
Smells very nice, taste seems a bit tired, really feel this is now over the top and likely have been better to how I would appreciate it. Still holds up very well though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17560) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle split at Bruceís pad, thanks to Mads (Dedollewaiter) for the trade, 12/05/14. Bottle #61154. Marmalade orange/amber with a moderate light beige swirl and accompanying edgework. Nose carries sherry tones, bloody mary, oxidised pangs, dark malts, toffee, spice, light must. Taste comprises toffee fudge, earthy, oxidised licks, dark stoned fruits, bread pudding, dates, prune juice, sherry twinges. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light streak of booze. This has held up really well for 17/18 years, clear oxidisation but still drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2427) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Big thanks to Colin for sharing this. It poured a muddy brown. Big dark fruit - figs, prunes - aroma. Light to medium body. Sweet and sour, with lots of dark fruit and some toffee. Old and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19159) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared in London - huge thanks to Colin for hauling in this whale. Pours mostly clear, amber-brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose has some nice, lightly tangy berry fruits on the nose, slight leather, toffee, wood. Medium sweet flavor, more toffee, old fruits, leathery cherries, caramel, mellow tang, slight basement. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation; impressively well conditioned for the age. Sweet finish with some jammy, leathery fruits, gooey toffee, slight wood. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7090) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle @ Bruceís Pad. Cheers to Colleen for pulling this rabbit out of a hat! Soupy brown pour with a tiny tan head. Interesting aroma. Musty attic, driftwood. Overripe dark fruits rubbed in salt. Burnt brown sugar. Definite paper accents, acidic red apple skin. Brown bread. Mashed banana. Stewed tea. Medium body, soft carbonation. Obviously has plenty of oxidisation, but still has some grace to it. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DroolYeast (1163) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2014
Old bottle found in the cellar. Fruity aroma. Clear golden colour with off-white head. Tiny lasting. Moderate sweetness. Nice caramel. Vinous alcohol. Sweet finish. Rich body. Average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6853) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
(backlog)Bottle at akkurat. Brown pour with tan head. "Oxidation with a purpose." Dark fruit and oxidation in the nose. Flavor is dark chewy fruit, light oxidation and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (22125) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2013
From ancient ancient notes that i found lying around. So would have been from the time... It dark dart roast .. big sweet fruityness ... nice.

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