Fuller's Vintage Ale 1999

 
overall
100
100
style
Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England

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unknown

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available

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
The Champion theme was used once again for this classic Vintage Ale with Champion Fuggles and Champion Optic malt. Slightly redder in appearance, this ale is full of body with a sherry-like flavour.

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3.8
chrisv10 (18222) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle #21023 @ Parcel Yard. Deep red/brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, oxydized, earthy and toasted. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, toffee, medium sweet, dusty, oxydized, dark fruits,

3.6
yngwie (17176) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 55cl. Bottle # 02056. A light copper to amber colored beer, pouring clear, and topped by a minimal sized off-white head. The aroma has some oxidation and alcohol, as well as caramel, dried fruits and a little camphor touch. Nice bitterness in the flavor, along with caramel, oxidation, some camphor and a faint mint touch. Full-bodied, smooth and lightly warming on the palate, and with a lasting finish. Certainly in good condition even though it’s more than 12 years since its release. 120106

3.9
jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Mario at Max’s tasting. Pours brown. Tan head. Nose of brown sugar, toffee and sweet caramel. Taste of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, orange peel and bready malts.

3.8
FatPhil (16924) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 550ml bottle (Utobeer, London) BBE 2002, drunk 2010-12-22
7 Defintely old - a little dry and dusty. Plenty of raisins, and leathery.
4 Got 568ml out of it I’m sure. Very deep red, small brief head that settles to a small ring.
8 Really bitingly hoppy taste. Very highly attentuated malts, left with a slightly winey, and slightly cognacky in its woodiness A touch chalky later.
4 Full palate, but thin through aging. Walnutty and dry finish, and a pleasant bitter tingle that didn’t last as long as I expected. 15 I guess this has stopped improving, as it was very dry, and a little dusty, but at 11 years old, it lasted pretty well. Fullers proving their worth yet again.
Rerate: Dec 2012 (7+:4:7+:4:14+=3.6+++)
A: 7+ Very raisiny/winey aroma, aged, but not actually "old" old, which was the affliction the previous bottle had (2 years ago).
L: 4 Deep red, beige head, a little more persistent than last years bottle. Poured clear as much as possible.
T: 7+ Less bitter bite than last year. Mellower. Sweetish, quite raisiny and winey, but with some almost cognac-esque vapours rising up the back of the nose. Just a touch nutty, walnut papers,
P: 4 Fairly crisp palate. Slightly smooth from the few remaining sugars. Served a bit cold, that’s my fault, stops it from being so full in the mouth, but makes it also easy to drink, almost refreshing.
O: 14+ I miss the bitter bite that last year’s sample had. Given that it’s a year older, it strangely doesn’t taste as old and dusty, but still I prefered the last one.
Rerate: (7:4:8:4:15=3.8) drunk 2013-12
Sweeter and less papery than last years. Perfumey floral aroma. Zesty. Minty finish.

4.2
Dedollewaitor (16322) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
55cl bottle. Bottle nr. 14775. Pours dark amber/brown with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is deep malty and complex. Lots of dark fruits, caramel, bread, toffee and vanilla. Oily, smooth and full bodied. A lot like a vintage Port Wine. Vinous, well aged. Vague notes of cellar and dust. A true sipper. Warming, smooth and just delicious.

3.9
bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 10, 2007
No. 75836 Sharp aroma of malt. Something of a fruit aroma accompanies it. Beautiful hazy ruby amber color with a beige head that almost laces. It’s a bit thin. The start is dark fruit, but not sticky sweet. The hop is a bit subdued. It’s full of different flavor aspects. Slightly spicey, and stone fruit, plus a bit of raisin. There’s so much going on in there that the description may be unique to each rater. The finish has non-sweet malt and non-harsh bitter. Mellow seems to be the word. Too bad it’s my last ’99.

3.5
Scopey (15471) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting. It pours clear deep red-amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, leather and some sweet, sticky fruit. The taste is wood, dust, leather, golden syrup, honey, spice and toffee, with a bitter-dry finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and a thick, slightly cloying mouth-feel. Fairly straight forward actually. Nice enough, but perhaps too sweet.

4.5
djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Thanks to Bill for bringing this to the November tasting. Pours a Cloudy brown with a thin white head leaving spotty lacing. Strong alcohol aroma and vanilla oak. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth vanilla flavor and rich malt. Hides the alcohol very well and also aged very well. A very impressive English strong ale from Fullers.

3.8
Ratman197 (15216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle at Falling Rock poured a lightly hazy copper with a small ring of an amber head. Aromas of cherries, carmel, prune and a hint of nuts. Palate waslight to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cherry, carmel, prune, vanilla, light chocolate and a hint of nuts with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish.

3.9
gunnfryd (15175) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is licorice, alcohol, berries. flavour is licorice, malt, alcohol, oxidation, hop, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.


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