Fuller's Vintage Ale 1998

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

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
The second in the series, this Vintage Ale was based on a Champion theme with the addition of Champion Alexis malt and Champion Northdown aroma hops. The result is a sweet, warming, creamy ale that is beautifully balanced.

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3.4
chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle, consumed in May 2006. A bit over the top I’d say. Oxidation is apparent. Liquorice comes through on the palate and the depth of fruit seems to have receded. This leaves something woody, a touch harsh and sweet at the same time. Should have perhaps drunk this earlier but I was hanging on to it for a suitable occasion to share with the Danes.

4.2
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours a slightly murky color of ruddy amber with a full layer of creamy beige head. Fruity aroma thats saturated with an incense of strawberry sorbet, and sherried raisins. Fantastic sweetened fruit sugars that melt together like a delicate whipping cream rather than a concentrated syrup. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel that shows absolutely no signs of unpleasant aging. Remarkable. There’s even a little British hops spice left to kiss the tongue at first contact. Reddish to dark fruity flavors that land somewhere between raisins and strawberries. A little brush of pepper spice tickles the tongue as well. Creamy flavors that remind me of a whipped strawberry yogurt without the lactic traits. A touch of brandy and a brush of toasted oak without the dryness. Some strawberry rhubarb pie, lacking sourness, and finishing with a final smack of hops and wood, making their presence known softly. Amazingly constructed brew.

4.3
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Forceful aroma of rich, spicy old muddled raisins with cognac and pints of fresh cold farm cream. This blends into a succulent, fruitcake yeast waft. Yum! Deep orange-hued tan sienna, with bronzed fringes and a creamy soap of ivory. Flavor is along the same wonderful threads as the aroma, with bright, fruity cream malt and lots of aged raisins and currants. Fresh, wild strawberry shortcake syrup highlights. Continuing with loads of toffee, blueberry muffins, and freshly minted caramel. Light salty edges. The malt character yields into a mash of spicy, bready yeast character, mellowed with time. Bright lemony hop flavor remains distinct lightly in forefront of flavor, but mostly as British-type grass smack. No age problems, whatsoever, time has only significantly helped this beer. This beer is the epitome of excellence for me, with each character standing strong, yet allowing others to show when it’s their time. First the creamy malt, then the caramel aged fruit sweetness, then the yeast, then the hops and all swirled around a graceful, binding and absolutely desirable alcohol. Wow.

3.8
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2006
Bottle (Thanks to chris_o). Sweet raisin and caramel flavours. Some light port sherry qualites. with some more dark fruit towards the finish. This has a very nice long flavour, but i couldn’t help but think it may have been sligtly passed its best, as there was a slight oxidised characters which popped up every now and then.

4
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle #40415. Deep copper-amber in colour, long lasting beige head, great lace. The aroma still has lots of caramel, some ginger, wood, earth and chocolate. The flavour was peaking, caramel malt sweetness, christmas cake, dark fruits, brown sugar abd raisins. Think mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation, Finishes with a lingering bitterness, creamy.

4
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle no. 14221. Pours a clear copper color with an excellent off white head and lacing. Mineral/earthy, grass, and malt in the nose. Pleasant earthy malt profile in the flavor with notes of leather and caramel as well. Good beer.

3.9
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2006
Thanx to Chris for sharing this one. Cloudy orange colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with notes of fruit and wood. Malty and sweet flavor with a light toffee note and hints of dark fruit and wood.

3.9
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle. Thanx to Chris. Bottle. Ruby colour with a big white head. Dark fruits, caramel aroma and a sweet dark fruits, caramel taste. Medium to full body with a sweet light dry finish. A bit over the top.

3.8
joergen (28772) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle, thanks to Chris for sharing. Cloudy orange coloured with a beige head. Very sweet aroma of sherry, fruits and dried fruits. Sweet flavour of sherry, dried fruits and wood.

4.3
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Bottle # 15252, sampled in a Fullers pint glass and next to the 1999 and 2005 vintages: The pour is a murky coppery hue topped by an initial creamy tan head that does slightly fade and left behind some lace. The aroma has notes of rich caramel and toffee, over ripened plum and apple, oxidized floral hops, and a earthy and vinous quality.

The taste starts lush and fruity supported by a even handed caramelized malt background. Some notes of marzipan, port-like twang and warmth, and a hit of surprising hop bitterness I thought would be long gone, WONDERFULLY aged! The mouth feel is a touch oily and lush, smooth and mild carbonation with a bone dry finish. Some mild presence of alcohol noted but that just adds to the overall pleasure of this beer.

A masterpiece once again, I would put this on par with the 2000 and 2002 vintage but still below the 2001 which should be peaking any time now and the 1999 which is still other-worldly.
THANKS AGAIN WALT!


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