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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3.8
egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Hazy brown color with a small off white head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was fruity, scipy, sweet and malty. Taste also was sweet and fruity, some cinnamon and toffee, with very light alcohol present.

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!

3.6
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, apple, and light chocolate. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderate large bubbled off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel, light chocolate, and fruit. The finish has a hint of apple and oxidation. Light-medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

4.4
Boutip (6428) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle – drank in 2004 – Poured a hazy medium brown colored beer with an above average foamy off-white head. Aroma is a mix of plums, dried raisins with strong malt. Taste is absolutely wonderful, like a mix between a English strong ale, a barley wine and even an old ale. The plums, dried raisins and post-like taste make this one of the best dessert beer I ever had. Alcohol is very subtle and body is quite strong. What also surprised me was the fact that even 8 years after being brewed, it still had great carbonation. Too bad I don’t have another bottle because I believe this could be cellared for a couple more years and still be great. This one is by far the best beer by Fullers and probably one of the best English beers I had the chance to try.

3.6
jgb9348 (6388) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle #33695
Hazy burgundy coloured body with a dense tan head. Aroma of pit fruit, light caramel and malt. Full-bodied; Super sweet taste of caster sugar, pit fruit, caramel, toffee and cherries. Aftertaste shows pungent sugars and a good toffee overture. Overall, a nice treat to sample. Many thanks go out to Phil (Haddon90) for finding this and picking this up at the bar! I sampled this 500 mL bottle at Toronado in San Francisco, California on the second day of 10-June-2004...our first was spent in Sydney, Australia.

3.4
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of oak, earthy, some tea, touches of sweet malt. Tastes of toffee, some sugary hints, spicy, lots of earthiness. Unfortunately, this did not live up to the excellent 1997 bottle.

4.1
decaturstevo (6339) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Very hazy brown pour. Nice strong aroma of dried fruit. Very nice fruity, caramelley, brown sugar flavor that covers the abv nicely. Hints of sweetness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are good as well. Nice beer that is very complex. thanks Dan

4.7
dwyerpg (6285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Had this in conjunction with 99, 00, 04, and 05. This was my favorite. Lovely woody aroma. Nice and chewy. No head. The flavor is sweet and chewy but not overly thick and alcoholic. Lovely caramel and sherry characters.

3.7
JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 20, 2003
To start, I would encourage you to drink this now. I've had this one when it first came out and I believe that last prior to now would have been in 2000. It seems to be losing some of its nuances. Amber color with a smaller light tan head. Oak, mild floral and light malt and fruit aroma. Fruity, alcoholic and very warming. Alcohol seems to have taken over a bit more then when sampled in the past. Still a nice night cap, but lacks tha smoothness I remember.

3.8
TheBeerGod (6241) - 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.


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