Fuller's Vintage Ale 1998

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


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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fiulijn (21264) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Akkurat, Stockholm; 7 years old
Beautiful dark amber color; creamy head. The aroma is malty, with caramel, sweet nuts, almonds, a hint of alcohol. Powerful mouthfeel, the fermentation has accomplished an excellent balance (malt, sweetness, bitterness, caramel, alcohol). Strong caramel-bitter final. No signs of age…

DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2005
Red-brown-orange. Fruity aroma with notes of bread, chocolate, alcohol, raisins and grapes. Fruity flavor with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. Hoppy ending.

TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. Numbered 40390 (like the 1997 vintage, the picture to the left was the one I took of my bottle, hence the same number). 1998 Vintage, obviously. Ruby brown with a small foamy off-white head. Nose is sweet and laden with caramel and ripe fruit. Light wafts of alcohol as well. Taste is very sweet and caramel laden. Lots of alcohol and some port wine notes. Raisins, light melon, faint hops, light grapefruity bitterness, and some hints of concord grapes. Body is smooth and creamy with light carbonation and mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with lots of raisins, caramel, ripened melon, dried citrus and hops, alcohol and perhaps light toffee. Maybe some in bloom flora. Nice! This aged much more gracefully than the 1997 Vintage. However, that could also be due to storage methods as I purchased both off eBay.

IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Thanks to, who else, but Walt for this beer.

Bottle #31717. Poured a semi-cloudy mahogany with a small off-white head which dissipated completely. Rich and sweet aroma of cream and fruit with floral essence. Taste has a roasted caramel character with a hint of cream and floral complexity. A dry alcohol burn almost overwhelms the flavor profile. Elegant if maybe a little unrefined.

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Waffles topped with vanilla ice cream and lavender floral tones, with some port-like alcoholic sweetness in the uniquely appealing aroma. Opaque brown-tan with a fine-bubbled partial cover of creamy off-white head that leaves some sudsy lacing. Vinous, thick, port-like, bready, earthy, floral, chocolate and marzipan flavours with some mild dark fruit character. Gentle finishing bitterness. Medium body with soft carbonation and creamy texture. Seems like seven years is the sweet-spot for this one! Bottle (#31675) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
7-year-old bottle:

The Lure:
Caramel-covered cherries and maple syrup on waffles with a touch of port make quite a hedonistic breakfast. Peaches, citrusy and grassy hops and freshly-turned earth blow in from the open window.

The Festivities:
A glass of port wine, lawnmower clippings and a bouquet of flowers on the table. A drop of cream on a bowl of assorted berries.

Still a hearty, fulfilling meal after all those years.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours a murky amber color with no head. Aroma and flavor of doughy yeast, rockets candy, mild alcohol and maybe lavender. Light to medium body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Not much head covers this cloudy orange beer. Mostly candyish honey and rockets candies aroma. Maple and orange create a more citric character than 97 and 99 vintages. Less earth and chocolate notes also lend the idea of an overall less well kept malt deepness. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of marries otter in there to procure those typical bready bitter caramel tones that, here, have aged as well as most bold sweet barleywines can be expected to have. Soft carbonation seems to fit the light-medium body here, but more fullness would be welcome. Thanks John!

BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a dark but clear amber. Great aroma as it warms...sweet malts and cara-toffee notes. Flavor is similar with lotsa sweet caramel maltiness, and a tad of hop presence and a nice alcohol kick. While not thin...it’s not as full bodied as I would’ve liked...still, a great ale---aged pretty damn well.

bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and toffee (quite similar to the 1997 vintage). Flavor of malt and caramel. Thanks for sharing Walt!

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