Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle #84043. Wonderful woody tannic honey nose. Very "old" smell-must and honey. Smells great. Taste-lots and lots of wood. Cherry, sawdust, peaty, bitter, and chewy. Very very nice. Just a fantastic beer. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
I never thought I would see this bottle. Never. Ever. Ever. But here it is, in a white box (not the regular maroon), bottle 84043--Walt, this is special. It has a cool aroma, like it has caramel, vanilla, and the exhaust of the fans outside a steak restaurant. The flavor has a strong "vintage" quality--that nearly universal "vintage" flavor in beers more than five years old. Silky smooth palate and very easy drinking...oh my, this is good. It isn’t the ’99 but it may be better than any other year. Walt, thanks a ton. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - APR 2, 2005
thanks go out to kawa for bringing this out to us. dark cloudy brown with a white head. aroma is rich malt and alcohol. dusty taste with a mild raisin with caramel and chocolate. to steal a line from bu11zeye, "like a good scotch". really good, thanks again walt. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle #84029 (1997 bottle drank in 2004) – Poured a hazy nut-brown color ale with off-white medium head with average retention. Carbonation is quite good for a 7 years old barley wine/strong ale. Aroma is comprised of sweet plums, in fact very sweet plums, with strong malt. Taste is quite warm, but no alcohol taste discernable, with again some sweet plums. Also, as expected this as a full creamy body. This is another great one from Fullers but I still think that the 1998 was more balanced with a bit less sweetness which made it more enjoyable. MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vertical tasting -97, -00, 02 and -03 with official representatives from the brewery. 3rd one ever held by Fuller’s
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Last two bottles from the Fuller’s cellar! A strong impact beer. Hits you where you want it to... Brandy or madeira? Discussions are ongoing. Plenty of dark fruits with raisins dominatiing. So complex I almost need to attach the Oxford dictionary to this rating. If you find this beer anywhere, don’t hesitate to pay whatever you’re asked. Gimme more, please! Oh, last two bottles... [email protected]
I'm sure that I haven't done anything to be noted here for my intelligence and now to add to it all I have to say that I could have put more of these away rather than having had most of them when they came off the shelf. I suppose there was a slight reason - One, that I liked it despite being able to tell that it could easily improve with age, and the other was simply the price - I spent money that I really didn't have at he time and wanted immediate satisfaction. Now I'm paying for it in another way by seeing how this has improved. Yes, all the comments about plums, dates, figs ... there's just so much there. Damn! YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle No. 25144: Nice creamcolored medium head, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Light red color, hazy. Raisons nose also malt figs and dates - kind of ppery too. Malt and raisons taste, not as intens as in the 1998 vintage. Doesn't scatch but isn't smooth either. Kind of weak taste, not the same Strong Ale/Barley Wine character as in the 1998, 1999 an 2000 vintage, which suprised me a bit as this bottle is with 7 years well aged. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2004
Sampled in 2004: Huge nose of sweet dark fruits, and a little clay and earthy aromas. Hazy red-brown color and a big spongy head. Barleywine-like flavors and dark fruits (figs). Alcohol a go-go - comes across like a brandy at times. Powerful hop punch that lingers in the lower insdie of the mouth. A sugary sweetness is also deposited on the lips. Fat and chewy body. Great balance. Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Amber-brown colour with large beige head and nice lace. Extremely malty, fruits and vegetables (an entire kitchen garden!), treacle, alcohol. Full bodied. Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Bottle #59880 - Sampled 24 Jan 2004.
Beautiful tan creamy head on a cloudy orange/amber body. Fruity aroma with notes of malt, wood and olives. Flavor is very tense and heavy, almost like desert wine. Notes of malt, fruit, wood, olives etc. Fine bitter finish. Very soft and creamy. Interesting but a little too heavy for me!!