downender (8728) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle number 14110, which I came across in a chest of drawers while clearing out my father’s 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! jackl (8271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle @ Bruce’s 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. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle I shared with all the great people at Stone Sourfest. Pours with a large tan head over a hazy golden body. Aroma of sherry, caramel berries, raisins, honey and biscuit. Taste is very long lasting with caramel, and biscuit malts with sherry, brandy and some oxidation. Smooth with light bubbles. This beer held up very well, way better than expected! teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - 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. chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle #25004, shared with Joeh and DenverLogan, bought from the brewery. Showing some oxidation and vinous development but surviving well enough. Otherwise, its the usual copper colour, pruney fruit and rich malt that is the norm for Fullers Vintage. Seems that earlier vintages may have used superior ingredients so have held up better.
vtafro (7445) - 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. ClarkVV (6821) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle shared Saturday night at BCTC, 7/21/07egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2005
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, it’s 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, I’m 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.
RBSG 2005 # 83857... Poured a hazy brown orange color with a small, off white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of spicy bananas, caramel malt, sherry, bready malts, and alcohol. Taste of caramel malt, banana nut bread, light cardboard, and a touch of alcohol. Thanks Walt! blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle, missed you Eric, nice caramel and port Flavors, exceptionally crisp and bright for the vintage, soft sweet mild caramel corn finish Boutip (6428) - 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.