pivo (2689) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2004
Sampled in 2004: Big, fat nose with wild berry aromas - slightly perfumy after warming up. Muted ruby red color with some brown hues. Foamy lathery head. Lucious think malt base with dark fruit flavors in the malt (raisins, figs, dates). Powerful crisp bitter hoppiness with a clear resolution in the corners of the mouth. A little grassy in the finish. Like a barleywine for sure. Great great balance - this has aged extremely well. Better than the 1999 and 2000 radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle #40415. Deep copper-amber in colour, long lasting beige head, great lace. The aroma still has lots of caramel, some ginger, wood, earth and chocolate. The flavour was peaking, caramel malt sweetness, christmas cake, dark fruits, brown sugar abd raisins. Think mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation, Finishes with a lingering bitterness, creamy. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Bottle #13013 sampled on 7/27/02. Another blow your mind Fuller's Vintage Ale. A creamy beige head quickly diminishing on an amber body. The aroma is woody, malty, herbal, raisin fruity, and with notes of alcohol. Creamy smooth and bursts with flavor in the back of the mouth. The fruity flavors come through with pear and peaches. As it warms it transmutates into a stronger more intense beer with a warming alcohol presence. Bottle @ Toronado on 11/28/03. Reddish brown color with a tan head. Sweet malty caramel flavors. Smooth as ever with a slick oily palate. A subtle chocolate and toffee mix. Warming. Beautiful. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Bottle #37603: On the pour a cloudy orange-amber color, the head is beige and moderate in size and texture, the lace is quite decent sheets that cling to the glass to the very end. Nose is Malt, plummish, earthy, hints of Alcohol. Yo Baby Yo Baby I'm going to like this one and I haven't even touch it to my lips! Front is somewhat sweet, the top is medium, the finish is Acidic, dry, nice hop spicy bite, and a bit alcohol bitter, and I can also feel the 'Tummy Warming'. I guess I need to borrow the 5 ton low-boy, and go pick up a dozen or so pallets of Vintage Fuller's Ranks #134 on my current 1000 beer master list. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle No. 12993: Hazy orange color, medium foamy head, soft carbonation. Banana tone in the nose first, than apples, raisons alsonice malt and intens hops flavors to follow. Taste almost like a Bigfoot. Coffebean flavor, that last long. Berry aftertaste, also tones of dates. Not thick - long lasting bitterness. Your tonogue stick to the roof of the mouth cause the first initial kick of bitterness. Nice.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Pour is honey amber color with a thin off white head...smell is caramel, pepper, and alcohol...taste is deliciously warm and sweet, almost burgundy-like...finish is dry and too quick... legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2001
Garnet color; Head that stays very rocky and clings frantically to the glass; deep, sweet malt aroma. All the hops are gone from this beer after three years in the cellar. No subtlty at all, just unadulterated malt sweetness in your face. Almost like drinking chocolate milk. Warming in the tummy and definitely worth the wait. Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - APR 2, 2005
another gem from kawa. pours amber with a white head. aroma is plums and alcohol. upfront flavor is peppery with some sweetness and an interesting caramel. wonderful palate that is almost woody but not quite. this caresses my tongue. sorry we made you try the gose after you brought this great beer walt. BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2002
No: 31867. Heavy malt, dark fruity aroma. Not as thick on the palate as I expected but maintains drinkability alongside its smooth texture. Malts from start to finish, port-like flavors, yeasty with some dryness. Maraschino cherries add extra sweetness with a lingering jammy aftertatse while a considerable alcohol warmth wraps things up. JFGrind (2074) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Drank as a vertical tasting with ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 Vintage Ales. 1998 was the "tired" one of the bunch. Great dark brown appearance with solid tan head. Toffee, sweet fruit and caramel flavors. I’d say this one was a bit off when it came to flavor and a bit past its prime. Needless to say thanks for Eyedrinkale for supplying the Fullers for the vertical tasting.