turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2002
Sweet, malty aroma, deep amber color with a well balanced bitterness and alcohol content. Based on the many beers I have had in this class, I would have to guess the alcohol content to be about 9.5 to 10% by volume. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
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 weren’t refrigerated. It has aged quite nicely. Thanks go out to TheBeerCellar2 for hooking me up with this gem! muzzlehatch (4975) - 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. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
TheCheeseman strikes again! Pours a dark amber, with a smallish off white head. Smells of apples, caramel malts, and some bready yeast. Still sharp in the nose. Good sign. The flavor had soft carbonation as expected with its age, still pretty sweet. The caramel and dark fruits made up most of the flavor characters, and it had a great smoothness to it that helped drink nice and easy. This has held up well, not surprising coming from a great English brewery. Thanks for sharing this rare brew Dan! JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
The Cheeseman brings the noise with another Fullers Vintage. Cloudy copper color with a thin blanket of white head. Sweet candy corn aroma, sweet malts. Mild malt taste, sweet middle and dry finish. Rich and tasty, but really starts to knock on the door of cloying.
hopscotch (11432) - 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! Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. 10 years old! Bottle #27359. The cloudy, muddy, medium-brown body with a thin bubbly edge really isn’t much to look at, but who cares when you’re talking about a decade old brew as nice as this one. The aroma shows sweet caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, and copious amounts of vanilla. This one smells like Tahitian vanilla beans have been steeped in the dark liquid all this time. The flavor is quite sweet, with caramel and brown sugar malts showing strong. There are still some flowery hops left within, which is surprising given its age. The medium-full, syrupy body is well carbonated and smooth. Good stuff. This has aged incredibly gracefully. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Tom’s awesome Twickenham Brewery tasting.Leighton (22812) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
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.
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting, London. A massive thanks to Kenneth for sharing what is surely one of the most sought-after Fuller’s beers around. Pours foggy, ruby-gold with a creamy, off-white head. dary caramel nose, some paper, definitely signs of oxidation, some dates and other rich, dried fruits. Medium sweet flavor with dusty brown sugar, bread, some leathery fruits, subtle cardboard coming through. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild dryness at the end, with dusty and toasty malts, some figs, faint cocoa, bread. Certainly a bit of oxidation has taken place, but there is still a great amount of rich, fruity character and soulful nuance to this beer. Homer321 (5248) - 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!