Fuller's Vintage Ale 1999

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

bottling
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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imdownthepub (15332) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 500ml, aged obviously. Tawny to brown with light head. After battling to and from work in deep snow on foot, I was ready for this beauty, and it didn’t let me down. rich, port like flavours from the start, rounded and fruity with raisins and sultanas, there were no rough edges at all. Great stuff, looking forward to the other vintages now.

3.9
gunnfryd (15287) - 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.

3.6
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle at Ungstrup’s - Thanks. Clear amber - offwhite head. Nutty. Oxidation. Fruity notes. Light smokey. Valnuts. Berries. Nice.

3.7
HenrikSoegaard (14620) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Powerfull toffee caramellic flavor. Long finish. Creamy palate.

4.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Rich, malty, & liqueur-ish. The fuggles lend good balance. Some fruitiness, caramel sweetness, and some vanilla(?). I've gotta get me another bottle and stash it away for aging.

4.3
Christian (13822) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 Muddy red/brown with an off white relatively small head. Highly complex fruity aroma. Raisins and other dried fruit, plums, port and brandy, apples and a little hay. The fruit continues in the flavour. Initially sweet with some burned notes, followed by a growing dryness. Long bitter aftertaste. Best mouthfeel ever; feels like silk on the tongue.

4.3
BeerandBlues2 (13814) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Many thanks to my summer SecretSanta for this gem. Pours a hazy mahagony with a small, slight tan head, edgy with some patches on top and lined to spotty lacing. Aroma is huge floral hops, caramel and maple malt (cookie, biscuit), yeast (dough) and fragrant flowers and fruit (earthy raisins, apricot). Medium candied caramel malt sweetness at the onset, medium to moderate acidity and bitterness in the middle with some alcohol burn and tinging floral hops, fruit at the end. Full bodied and warm, fizzy and slightly dry palate.

4.3
Dogbrick (13777) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Bottle #52144. Thanks to T.A.R. for snagging one of these for me. Pours a very murky amber color with a thick and foamy light beige head, and thin lacing. Aroma of malt, molasses, and some alcohol. Nice strong flavor of malt, alcohol, ripe fruit and I think butterscotch. Flavor is well-balanced and subdued, like a less harsh Barley Wine. The bottle advised "best before the end of 2002", so this was in it's prime. Great warmer.

3.8
bierkoning (13687) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber color. Still pours a surprisingly steady head. Sherry, sewer and lemon in the aroma. Medium bodied, still. Alcoholic. Sherry and raisin. Powdery mouthfeel. Still some remaining hopbitterness. Almost whisky-like. Has kept very well, better as the 2002. Still lively and in shape.

4.3
Rune (13508) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2010
550ml bottle in elegant packaging, No. 16735, bought at Utobeer in London last summer for about £6. Thin, but steady, beige layer covering the surface of a slightly cloudy, deep, dark reddish body. Really delicious aroma of Christmas pie, including prunes, raisin and figs. Comprehensive taste profile starting with raisin, dark fruits and figs followed by dusty hops and earthy malts and added by mild, dark spices with a touch of anise. Very smooth, mellow and lingering finish. Masked alcohol. Nam, nam. Best before end 2002, according to the label – just impressive that this full bodied ale still carries that rich aroma and flavour eight years later (birthday celebration at home, Tromsø 03.11.2010).


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