Fuller's Vintage Ale 1997

 
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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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3.6
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Vinous, chocolate cocoa, grapey aroma with some maderization and light alcohol notes apparent. Opaque amber-brown with a decent and lasting cover of fine-bubbled head that leaves some slight lace. Vinous flavour has notes of green leaves, pine, grapes, marzipan, pastry dough, alcohol and plenty of sherry-like oxidation. Mild bitterness. Medium body seems somewhat tired with low carbonation. Bottle (#84041) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.6
yespr (48094) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Rb# 4500: 50 cL bottle 45034, special vintage session at Cockneys stand in Århus2008. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing white head. Light chalky and dense fruity aroma, shows light over the top notes, yet not still inviting aroma. Flavour is smooth fruity with a mild portwine like note, yet still quite fresh fruity accents too. Minor oxidised note before the finish. Light warming finish with a nice wineous note slowly building up.

3.6
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle @ Stone Sour Fest shared by Bman1113vr. Poured orange with a bright white ring. Nose was sweet. Taste was rich, and quite nicely aged despite a touch of oxidation.

3.6
joergen (29360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle at Papsø.
Hazy orange red coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol.
Sweet flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol.
Sweet finish of alcohol.

3.6
jackl (8446) - 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.

3.6
Niall73 (2434) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Big thanks to Colin for sharing this. It poured a muddy brown. Big dark fruit - figs, prunes - aroma. Light to medium body. Sweet and sour, with lots of dark fruit and some toffee. Old and interesting.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (20904) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Mads (Dedollewaiter) for the trade, 12/05/14.
Bottle #61154.
Marmalade orange/amber with a moderate light beige swirl and accompanying edgework.
Nose carries sherry tones, bloody mary, oxidised pangs, dark malts, toffee, spice, light must.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, earthy, oxidised licks, dark stoned fruits, bread pudding, dates, prune juice, sherry twinges.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light streak of booze.
This has held up really well for 17/18 years, clear oxidisation but still drinkable and enjoyable.

3.5
chriso (7536) - 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.

3.5
fonefan (51593) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 5, 2010
Bottle 500ml.
[ Vintage 1997 ]. Unclear to hazy medium amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, vintage malt, druied fruit, oxidide. Flavor is light heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate warm alcohol. [20100314]

3.5
teorn88 (8066) - 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.


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