Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Sweet malty aroma, dark red w/ a whispy brown head. Palate is full w/ moderate hops, and sweet fruit in the middle. Alcohol and hops in the finish. Great warming beer that would be great to come home to in the winter. I this one better as it warmed up. Nice brew! jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Bottle 63614. Side by side tasting with the ’99 and ’01 vintages. Personal favorite out of the three. Flavor tastes more like a barley wine with robust and dark wood tones. The alcohol is present, and gives it a thicker palate overall. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
pour was a dark cloudy amber color. nose was full of an aray of darker fruits, as well as malts and molasses. Taste was similar but super mellow and felt like it was dead. overall enjoyable, but nothing to write home about. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
500mL Bottle. No: 46005. This one is for George Bush and Dick Cheney and then end of a terrible reign. Fitting, a beer brewed when I was too young to vote and a year that heralded in a near-decade of demise. At the end of a week that dawned a new American day, this beer will help me usher out an ugly era and welcome a new one. A vigorous pour produces a frothy demon. Thick blood-tinted amber spawns a creamy silk head that lies above quietly throwing off vapors of caramel, old wine, and aged hops. Mixed and somewhat expected. Light age is noticeable, but not dominating. Flavor carries a very brisk sensation of past-peakedness. There’s a lot of old hops in there, over a surprisingly thin malt structure. Lots of dust and age. Having had a 1998 in 2006, I’m a bit surprised by the poor condition of this specimen. It’s not terrible, but it’s not desirable. Malt goes with some vinousness instead of chewy graham-cracker toffee. Hops hand their souls over immediately to a mouthful of dust. Some complex port-like fruit alcohols are the saving grace of this beer. Otherwise, at this point, not something to strive for. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle from bbb63... Pours much similar to 1999 but overall with a much nod to caramely malt and not as complex as the 1999... Flavorwise are much of the same without as much of layers in the malt profile. Again a little thin but to be expected.
AirForceHops (7233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2013
22 oz bottle at the Adam Jackson beer BBQ. Garnet color with still some carbonation. Nose is lots of dark fruit, digs, dates raisins. Tobacco notes. Ash. Flavor is musty, dank malty old hops. Old caramel, hops after it sat in the basement for a length of time. For the age still really drinkable. Typical old English Ale. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Clearish scotch colored body. Interesting soapy, lavender, perfumey and definitely floral smell. In its brighter hop character, this is definitely distinguishable from older vintages in which the malts are still the leading focus by far. Here, the caramelic malts are more than backed if not dominated by a sappy, piney and floral golding hop character that comes out citric and brings perhaps more dryness than I’d like in that type of beer, not quite chalky, but closing on that. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. I don’t know if the malt can live up to more cellar time, but I’d sure prefer those hops a bit more understated.. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle @ Kookfest. My clear favourite of the Fullers Vintages. Mellow creamy malts with the touches of honey found in some of the others. Hops come through more to balance the sweet honeyed finish. larsga (7539) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2010
Medium offwhite head. Hazy reddish brown body. Old blanket and watery caramel and old books aroma. Dry-sweetish caramelly old books and linoleum taste with fruity grassy notes. Fullish body. Mild, faintly hot mouthfeel. Dryish hot earthy caramel aftertaste with linoleum notes. Also orange zest and mint.. Excellent and very interesting. (0.5l bottle shared by KnutAlbert.) yespr (45398) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2010
50 cL bottle #1506, courtesy of ChristianScheffel. Pours cloudy deep amber with a small tan head. Aroma is dark malty, overripe fruity and somewhat oxidised. Smooth malty, dark roasted malt, oxidised. Slight bitter and herbal. Lasting dark malty and oxidised impression. Bitter and dry into the finish.