bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2004
(Bottle, No. 37701) Pours a hazy copper color with a creamy off-white head. The Fullers Vintage ales are some of my favorites. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and fruit. Flavors caramel, plums, and alcohol. Quite the delight! Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Color is a bright ruby red, head is an actively bubbly, lacey off-white, and swiftly dissipating. Aroma: huge with fruit! Bam! Boom! Strawberry Jam + booze all up in your nose, brother! Actually, more along the way of cherries and grapes, but very ripe, strong and powerful! Definitely the nose of a barleywine, and already I’m thoroughly impressed! (This ale hasn’t exactly been cellared, merely waiting in a store’s cooler all the while, for me to rescue it! )
Whoosh! Hoo, daddy! A large charge on the palate, a big deposit of hops and flavor and alcohol! Yessir, she’s my baby, nossir, don’t mean maybe!
Nice balance, malt sticks up for itself quite nicely, and provides sufficient backdrop for all this hoppy flavor and booze.
Fruity flavor continues, as does our friend Mr. Liquor, and my head is swimmin’ already, and all it knows how to do is doggy paddle, but that does the trick.
It’s "only" 8.5% and I feel blasted at all sides. This is rich, delightful, delicious stuff! Bottle #53,187 out of 85,000.
Bright, and deep, and plummy, but cherry, sweet and dark,
what a nice ale. Mmmmm...I’ll say it again,...Mmmmm!!!!!
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
Dark amber color and a thick, creamy head. Incredible rich flavor. Lots of dried fruits. If I could only drink one beer I might stick to this. Thanks Jens. dwyerpg (6365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2007
This still has some carbonation and head. A more woody aroma than the 99, almost like 98. A pretty stringent bite, but certainly a wonderful beer. Second favorite after the 98. ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Beer Rating #1000 (when you subtract all the sakes, ciders, meads, etc.)
First off, I want to sincerely thank Robert, the man behind the “rare wine room” at Mr. G’s in Plano, Texas, for not only allowing me to try this rare beer, but also for providing it to me at no charge. What a gentleman. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try something that is both scarce and delicious for the important milestone that is my 1000th review. My bottle pops with plenty of carbonation after 9 long years of slumber. The smallest amount of light escapes from a deep garnet colored body that glistens when the light hits it in a fashion similar to said gemstone. A large off-white head rapidly blossoms in the glass to revel a sizeable fluffy mass containing an abundance of yeasty bubble pockets. The lacing is incredibly beautiful; it could easily be mistaken for silky English lace. This crème colored blanket of a head coats the walls of the glass and gives no indication that it plans to depart any time soon. A gentle swirl rouses the slowly shirking, but never vanishing head back to its full height. This is particularly impressive for a beer so advanced in years. One could easily mistake it for a freshly beaten egg-based dessert. The nose of this fine ale has many complex layers. Fresh blackberries and blackberry jam dominate the first sniff followed by blackcurrants, frozen blueberries, rum cake, pralines, toffee, jelly based chocolate candies, gumdrops, vanilla yogurt, must, fleeting citrus hops, lactose, and a hint of nutty and papery oxidation. Cleary this ale has been properly taken care of over the years. The taste is equally impressive. Warm runny caramel appears in the forefront followed by brown sugar, brandy soaked bread pudding, freshly baked Turkish sweet breads, attic dust, Spanish cedar, faint tobacco leaves, river rocks, and some earthy humus. Although the mouthfeel is moderate, it is one that is incredibly smooth and shockingly quaffable at 8.5% alcohol by v
nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Fullers vintage is always a treat. Something I will always pick up if I see it
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Maersk (323) - MOLDOVA - MAR 6, 2016
No head. Brown color. Very hazy. Light quince aroma. Sweet candy and perfume in the taste. Caramel and creme brûlée. A bit rough and bitter finish with some biscuits in the end. Very good balance Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Soft white head which leaves moderate lacing and sits on a ruby red full bodied beer. Smell is of the classic fullers yeast with lots of malt hints of hops and slight alcohol. Very smooth despite the 8.5% abv. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2014
This was an unbelievable treat courtesy of Geoff Griggs, whom I owe a debt of thanks. Tasted at 14 years old and this beer has kept incredibly well in that time. It had perfect clarity and colour, a beautiful light mahogany with essentially nil head. The initial impression of the aroma was a slightly fungal one, maybe botrytis without being the least off-putting. There was muscatele grapes, some walnut woodiness, marzipan, mildew and Amontillado sherry. A fortified wine like flavour that encompassed all the aromas and a wet grain characteristic. Utterly remarkable as much for the remarkable company as a beer I shall always remember. dnicolaescu (2679) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2016 MARCH 2016. Quite close to the fresher 2012 vintage we’ve had at the same tasting, but certainly less malty and a bit old, dusty and oxidized. After all these years, there’s still a bit of hops there in the finish. Not as mind blowing as I remember it the first time, but still excellent. 9-4-8-4-16=4,2
JULY 2015. No. 53697. Hazy amber, tan head. Super intense and complex - dried fruit with oxidation sherry notes that balance the big sweetness, a touch of warming alcohol. Silky smooth mouth-feel. World class. 9-4-9-4-18=4,4