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: 99   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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3.7
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!

3.9
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
Looks like I write on the back of my notebook sheets when I’m drunk. A bit late, almost missed that one. ClarkVV brought it to BCTC 2007. Almost clear amber body. Toasted bread with delicious smooth caramel spread pretty much sums it up. Some residual sugar (brown sugar flavour) and light woody notes. A lot less oxidized than the 1999 bottle I had six months ago at Mugs Ale in NY. This one held up pretty well as I still remember it despite my advanced drunken state at that point. I finish my glass thinking Barley Wine minus the hops, maybe five years ago it was. Very smooth body and medium carbonation. No alcohol presence discernable probably because 8.5% was below my blood system at that point in the night.

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.

3.4
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Stratford tasting @ Cletus house. Wow 1998 thanks nelson. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Oxidation is present, a malty apple pine and caramel seep through as the primary character, a bit ashy in the mouth with a dull fruity finish. Some darker plum and sugar notes. Good, given its age.

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.

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.

3.8
Homer321 (5072) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle share thanks to mcbackus. Crazy that I’m drinking a 16 year old beer. Nose is full of toffee and amazingly only slightly oxidized. A nice chewy malt component but dries out fairly well with a touch of tannins and a hint of alcohol. Pretty darn good for old beer!

3.8
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2007
500 ml bottle (#31697) obtained in trade with Footbalm (Jan 2007) served at cellar temperature from a Corsendonk glass, with pepperoni, smoked mozzarella, and raisins....forms a decent bit of head after an audible pop when the cap is removed, light spidery lacing atop the murkey copper-brass body....caramel-sherry aroma is certainly qutie oxidized but enough interesting earthy hints still exist for some interest....the body is quite sweet, thick and almost syrupy, with caramel and molasses bits, some vanilla and baked fruits as expected, really quite lovely and surprisingly pleasurable to drink, just enough vaguely sour and dry earth-tones to keep it from being overbearingly sweet....amazingly full and well-carbonated for a 9-year-old, while this is probably a bit past prime it still confirms to me that Fullers know what they’re doing with this series. Nice.

4.2
tiggmtl (4545) - 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.

3.6
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Poured a clear copper with a golden outline. Small off-white head. Heavy malt aromas. Molasses, honey, tart cherries, apples, and alcohol aroma and flavors. Light to medium bodied. Alcohol warming and a soft carbonation. Finish is dry leaving you with a long bitterness on the tongue.


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