Fuller's Vintage Ale 1998

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%
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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Scopey (15260) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting (even though it’s not categorized one), August 2012. Many thanks to Ken for busting out this rarity! It pours hazy mahogany brown, with a thin off-white film. The nose is date, plum, prune, raisin, fig, caramel, light spice and old wood. The taste is nut, caramel, wood, earth, light spice, leather, cherry, raisin and chewy malt, with a smooth finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Probably past its prime, but nevertheless it’s smooth, mellow and tasty.

Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle # 6843 at Akkurat - Thanks to Patrick for the taste. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Flowery, dusty, honey, mint, berries, licorice, light light hoppy, sweetness/sourness/bitterness.

Ratman197 (15092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle @ the Falling Rock poured a clear reddish copper with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of honey, carmel, toffee, spice, light orange and a hint of vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied, smooth and slightly warming. Flavors of carmel, honey, light orange, light spice and light toffee with a smooth warming bittersweet finish.

bu11zeye (13029) - 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!

mR_fr0g (12854) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2016
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.

hopdog (12807) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 38772. Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a small tan head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums. Very light spices. Smell was also a little musty. This one seemed past it prime and on the decline.

jcwattsrugger (12505) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
080216-Fullers ’98 Vintage Ale–18.6 oz bottle @Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a ring of an off white head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, woody/earthy hops, dark fruit, esters. Taste is medium malt-caramel, woody/earthy/spicy hops, dark fruit, esters. Occasional. Thanks for sharing-TheCheeseMan.

madsberg (11774) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Beige medium sized head. Vineous, fruity and light alcaholic aroma. Almonds, sweetness and some light port notes in the flavour. Has a light alcaholsweetness in the end. Quite like this.

hopscotch (11170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle... VBWT2008... Cloudy, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Aged with grace! Toffee nose is enhanced by fuzzy fruit and vinous esters with just a hint of a smoke phenol. Full-bodied, but dry with light carbonation. Sweet, vinous malts. Barely hopped, but adequately bitter. Bittersweet, vinous finish. TheCheeseMan bringeth!

leaparsons (10655) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Imbibed 2008. Red, purple, brown with a small head. Aromas are bready and yeasty with soft berries and bubblegum. Some raisins and chocolate, too. Flavours are sweet caramel and toffee malts with chocolate and raisins. Smooth, rich and vinous with warming alcohol. Very peppery on the finish. Very good.

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