Fuller's Vintage Ale 1997

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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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HenrikSoegaard (14710) - 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.

Christian (13930) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2008
Amber beer with a small white head. Aroma has caramel and some butterscotch, with a strong sherry note to it. Smooth, fruity and caramel flavour quite vineous.

Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004 - red-brown colour, few foam, very complex aroma of roasted malts, raisins, strawberry, alcohol and wood, light oily, sweet with a strong bitterness, powerfull and dry finish with notes of prune and alcohol - complex and very robust. Thanks to Ungstrup for this bottle and to fiulijn for sharing it with me !

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
(Bottle, # 84043) Pours a carbonated, cloudy amber body with a thick frothy head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and toffee. Flavor of malt, caramel, and scotch. Chewy mouthfeel. Thanks for sharing Walt!

thewolf (12949) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle @ Aarhus, 2008.
[my 300th English brew!]
Pours clear dark red-brown with a medium, frothy/creamy head that is a slight yellow in colour. Aroma is very lightly oxidized, wonderful toffee notes, grainy chewy malts and a little apples and black currants. Super, creamy and oily mouthfeel - fair carbonation. Flavour has port, oak, vinious, overripe fruits - and a fair cellar note that still hasn’t taken over. This was probably a good time to try this vintage (even in the rarer white box). Wonderful - and by far the next-best Vintage (folleing the 1999).

Pinball (12601) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
cloudy brown, small offwhite head. aroma is slightly oxidized, but retains lots of interesting notes which is pretty impressive after all those years. flavor is sweet dark fruits, sweet malts.

madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Thin beige head, that a kept through the whole glass. Fruity and sweet aroma. Plums, raisins and some prune notes. Quite spicy and gives me some associations to portwine. Very alcaholic flavour. Has loads of fruitsweetness, but it somehow disappoints me. Very harsh bitterness in the end and a somewhat stale aftertaste. Think this is over the top and declining.

gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, 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.

KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Hazy deep amber with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with overripe berries, roasted malt, caramel and hints of figs. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and plums. Finished sweet.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
8-year-old bottle:

The Lure:
Maderisation genuflects in front of the hefty dark chocolate fruit and the barley-winish caramel peaches. Superb sherry alcohol notes show sagacity, light years away from senility.

The Festivities:
Mouthfeel, even though round, is more tired than the glowing aroma. Earthy yeast dominates the caramel and berries. Still, overall, a marvelous aging experiment.

A awe-inspiring nocturnal visit into a cave cellar.

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