MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, consumed in May 2006. A bit over the top Iíd 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.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #19876, BB "End 2001". Poured medium caramel with a thick initial cap of beige head.. receded to a loose-bubbled topping. Aroma held up just beautifully.. deep, lightly-smoked caramel, dried floral hoppage, subtle port wine, and perhaps some rum.. one of the best smelling beers Iíve ever come across. Lightly-smoked, toasted caramel again at the flavorís core.. some sharper rum and port tackiness at the edges.. tasty, but lost some character to old age. Syrupy on the palate and a touch slick... warm finish. Really enjoyed this one.
teorn88 (7206) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - 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
jackl (7166) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottle was believed to have been kept refrigerated for the majority of its life. Pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head with light whispy lacing. Aroma of rich caramel malt and a touch of butterscotch with some English hops and alcohol. Starts rich, viscous and malty with a nice sweetness and plenty of carbonation. Finishes more dry and bitter. This tasted fresher than bottles of the 1999 I have had that werenít refrigerated. It has aged quite nicely. Thanks go out to TheBeerCellar2 for hooking me up with this gem!
The_Osprey (7132) - 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)
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Tomís awesome Twickenham Brewery tasting.
I’m not gonna rattle on about the vintage ale as we all know what it’s like. At ten years old this had mellowed and the ingredients had married really well. There was an odd minty note in the aroma and it was slightly oxidised in the mouth but other than that it’s still going pretty well even though it is nearing the end of it’s life.
jonas (7108) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBESP 2004
Aroma has raisins, oranges, chocolate, a bit roast and noticable alcohol
Cloudy amber, low creamy head.
Quite spicy, wood, cognac roast, a bit chocolate , alcohol burn.
Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation.
Not that harmonic overall.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!