Fuller's Vintage Ale 1998

 
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100
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, 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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3.6
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
No. 37661: Beautiful deep honey amber color -hazy. Pours with large head, loosly carbonated, dissipates quickly. Medium strength nose of sweet malt, very light hop notes - also a bit metalic. Unique flavor - overall flavors dominated by bitter hops, to a lesser degree some muted/musty malt notes ... followed by a bit of metalic notes. The appreciation is realizing this is a 4-year old beer and thus an education to one's sensory knowledge. Not at incredible beer by any means - but important nonetheless due to its age.

3.6
jgb9348 (6519) - 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.

3.6
goldtwins (4319) - 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.

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.

3.6
teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 6, 2016
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

3.6
mR_fr0g (13675) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle shared at the Craft beer Co tasting 24/11/2016. Many thanks to Ken for this one. A hazed orange brown coloured pour with a lasting loose off white head. Aroma is peppermint, caramel, oxidised, nutty malts, raisin, toffee. Flavour is composed of toffee, papery, raisin, toffee, cakey malts, peppermint. Palate is sugary, semi sweet, good condition. Very good for its age. Really fun to try.

3.5
Oakes (19045) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Powerful ale with huge malt, a yeasty fruitiness with pear and peach notes, giving way to a powerful,
warming, lingering finish. The aroma is woody, malty, and herbal.

3.5
jonas (8161) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2004
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.

3.5
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 38772. Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a small tan head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums. Very light spices. Smell was also a little musty. This one seemed past it prime and on the decline.

3.5
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. More perfumey than the 97. Taste notes of burnt wood, tannins, honey, and bitter on the back end. Very good.


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