Fuller's Vintage Ale 1997

 
overall
99
100
style
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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
I bought this bottle in early 1998 and opened it on 1/10/04. It is a beautiful amber color. The aroma is a hops and caramel. The taste is sweet, with hints of hops, fruit, and alcohol. Worth trying, if you you can still find it.

3.9
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Orange to dark copper body. Surprising initial beige head slowly diminishes to leave a whiskey looking beer. Complex chocolate and slightly oxidized nose. Strong Madeira, clover, caramel, molasses barleywine-like sweetness is aptly marrying the slightly floral and earthy residue that time have blended into the soft alcohol vapours. Anise hints were born to match that honey aspect that charms the nostrils. The palate didn’t quite hold up as well where it feels a bit thinned out by now. The carbonation is very low and the floral Madeira makes images of oxidation spring to the mind. Sticky sweet feels, slightly acid and gently earthy marries otter. Great aging material. My second favourite after the 99. Thanks John!

3.9
TBone (18217) - 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.

3.9
MiP (15972) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at ÅBF08. 11 years old. Sherry aroma, some alcohol. Clear dark amber colour. No head. Sweet flavour, lots of dried fruit, some yeast but nice. Vanilla. Distinct alcohol.

3.9
DroolYeast (1683) - Odder, 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.

3.9
gnoff (10891) - 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.

3.9
downender (8882) - 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!

3.9
blutt59 (6579) - 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

3.8
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.

3.8
MartinT (10036) - 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.

Transcendence:
A awe-inspiring nocturnal visit into a cave cellar.


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