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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16449) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottled #25154 @Akkurat
Hazy nutty brown color, firm creamy off-white head. Toffeish fudge aroma, dark fruits, nuts, light oxidation. Caramelly chocolaty with hazelnuts and raisins, late alcohol punch. Light licorice in the aftertaste. Bottle showed tiny notes of oxidation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled in 2006. Dark red with little head. Dark caramel and plums. A lot of oxidated flavors - nice pleasent dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (25767) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2007
[email protected], Stockholm. Deep ruby red colour, small head. Aroma is raisins, sweet malts, lots of caramel and slightly oxidized. Flavour is vanilla, plum, raisins, alcohol and bigtime caramel malts. Really nicely aged, though probably the only way from here is down...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24097) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. Cloudy amber. Oxidized caramelly aroma. Sweet and full bodied with soft malt character. Caramelly with some grass and tar. A warming, malty beer. It bears the sign of age but is still good. I donít think it will go anywhere from here though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6100) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle shared Saturday night at BCTC, 7/21/07
Nicely settled out, clear ruby-amber with thick lacing and still a lovely head. Sweet, this is promising!
Nuts, marzipan, rich caramel and wonderful sherry oxidation tones fill the nose. Maris otter has gone buckwild in both the aroma and flavor, leaving that rich honey-caramel note. The yeast has thrown out countless esters and taken with the malt and oxidation, itís heavily fruity and a bit bready on the end. No flaws or alcohol noted.
Sweet, almost fatiguingly so! I would never have expected this to be so full bodied and well-malted at this age, thinking it would instead be more bready, dry and with more oxidation. Nope, not at all. Chewy, sugary vanilla wafers, caramel and brown sugar with cherries, strawberries and peaches. Strong sweet sherry notes and a bit of port from the darker malts. Really interesting. If my tolerance for sweetness was a bit higher, Iím sure I would have enjoyed it more. Despite that, you still have to appreciate this 10 year old filtered beer having survived this elegantly. Low carbonation at this point, but certainly still ample. Slick, nearly creamy at times, texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
50cL bottle, courtesy of ClarkVV @ BCTC 2007. Thanks, Clark! Pours a clear, dark ruby-red color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Oxidized caramel and chewy dried fruits in the aroma. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: dense, oxidized caramel and dried dark fruits; chewy viscous malt character. Lengthy, dried fruit and brown sugar finish; plenty of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2007
[ Bottle shared by Clark at BCTC í07 ] Poured a dark orangey amber with dark brown hues. Carbonation has held up well. Brown sugar, rich caramel malts, slightly vinous in the finish. This beer held up extremely well. Thanks Clark!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a medium creamy head. Rich malty aroma andt taste with notes of fruits and spice. Very balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (17224) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are malt, sugar with some alocohol. Good palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (13563) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Tasted along side 2000 and 2004 versions and it is slightly better than 2000 and much better than 2004. This is a fantastic beer. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Amber colour. Exstremely well balanced sweet/bitter aroma and flavor. Fantastic palate. Enjoy it if you can find one.

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