Theydon_Bois (18928) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2017
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Hackobock Tasting, massive thanks to Kenneth for liberating this aged whale into the wild ocean, 24/11/16.
Lightly hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige cap.
Nose is sweet malt, figgy jam, spice, toffee, fruit esters, light musty underpin.
Taste comprises fruit cake, biscuit crumble, fruit loaf, light smoke, dusty, dates.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid for the age, oxidization has set in but is pretty light, glad to have tried this one and not uncover a dud.
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2016 November 2016 - Bottle share at CBC Islington. Many thanks to Kenny for this Fullerís rarity! As íFullerís Vintage Ale 1998í, #04499. Hazy amber with a foamy beige head leaving dotted lacing. Aroma is apple pie, stewed apple, bready, light citrus. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Taste is white bread, apple, oxidised, some toffee and caramel sweetness, spice. A little past its best but still OK. (3.2)
mR_fr0g (11609) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Craft beer Co tasting 24/11/2016. Many thanks to Ken for this one. A hazed orange brown coloured pour with a lasting loose off white head. Aroma is peppermint, caramel, oxidised, nutty malts, raisin, toffee. Flavour is composed of toffee, papery, raisin, toffee, cakey malts, peppermint. Palate is sugary, semi sweet, good condition. Very good for its age. Really fun to try.
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50ml bottle shared at the Hackobock tasting, Craft Islington. Many thanks to MadMitch76 for this one. It pours a hazed Amber color with a small beige head. aroma is sweet and lightly oxidised with caramel and biscuit. Taste is also sweet and lightly boosty with notes of caramel biscuit and cocoa beans. Lightly oxidised and quite tasty. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, not bad
zimbo (956) - SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish brown and wonderfully complex with a stunning structure, this beer is pure magic and a perfect example of what Fullerís can produce as a leading brewery. Fruit, plum bitter with strong robust delicious elegance and depth. Fantastic.
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to mcbackus. This on is legal is some states...I mean, uh. Pours a clear amber color with white head. Big caramel and toffee aroma, dark fruits, and alcohol. Chewy caramel flavor as well, boozy barrel like character, sweet, very tasty!
Homer321 (4845) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to mcbackus. Crazy that Iím drinking a 16 year old beer. Nose is full of toffee and amazingly only slightly oxidized. A nice chewy malt component but dries out fairly well with a touch of tannins and a hint of alcohol. Pretty darn good for old beer!
Leighton (20807) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting, London. A massive thanks to Kenneth for sharing what is surely one of the most sought-after Fullerís beers around. Pours foggy, ruby-gold with a creamy, off-white head. dary caramel nose, some paper, definitely signs of oxidation, some dates and other rich, dried fruits. Medium sweet flavor with dusty brown sugar, bread, some leathery fruits, subtle cardboard coming through. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild dryness at the end, with dusty and toasty malts, some figs, faint cocoa, bread. Certainly a bit of oxidation has taken place, but there is still a great amount of rich, fruity character and soulful nuance to this beer.
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. Bottle won at a GBBF auction! Bottle No 56. Hazy brown beer, little tan head. Light smooth palate, airy. A little caramel and paper. Mild creamy toffee. Mild dried fruits. Hangs together pretty well and for a 14 year old beer has held up very well. However whilst backward extrapolation is subjective - I reckon this was a belter a few years ago. Anyone got one they have kept in the fridge since it was released? :)
jackl (7698) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Huge thanks to Ken for breaking out this rarely-found vintage! The pourís deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is raisin, brown sugar, some prune and newspaper. The taste is oxidized rum raisin ice cream, more dark fruits and heaps of brown sugar sweetness. Jammy body. Drinkable but clearly past its prime! If youíve still got a bottle, donít wait to open this up.