worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 10 years old. Hazy dark red amber with a average, frothy, lacy, lasting, beige head. Smells of figs, plums, raisins, cherries and sweet malt, caramel, that after years has smoothed out to leather, wood and dark bread. Full oily smooth and smooth. Sweet taste of trail mix: Nuts, dried fruit, raisins with caramel, malt, and lightly toasted malt. Some alcohol lingers but its been smoothed out over time. Wood and leather with that vintage aged dry bitter finish. Liquid figs. So smooth to sip, I enjoyed throughout the night. Biscuit goodness. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Straw malty nose. Much less sweetness than the ’99. Very earthy taste that reminds me of the way rabbit food smells. Lots of caramel and smoke. Thanks to maelb and Kevin42 for making this tasting possible. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
Don Bible, now there's some memories. We've finished all these beers and it's 3:00 in the morning, our palates are pretty much shot and he breaks out a Fullers Vintage Ale. Well, what can you do, drink it I guess. Dark orange appearance. Nice fruity aroma. Smooth, very malty body. Finishes relatively bitter. Good beer, best before 3:00. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
I need to come back to this in another year or two. Nose is sweet. Appearance is cloudy dark copper, with a small off white head. Taste is sweet, with malt, dried fruit, toffee or maple, and a lingering bitter finish. Much nicer than their Golden Pride, which has all of the same elements but without much integration; this hangs together nicely. In another year or two it may seem a little less sweet, and the alcohol may be a little bet less apparent. I preferred the 1999, which had a chance to age more before a drank it. Still, this is a truly lovely beer. dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle 39323 courtesy of cgarvieuk. Dark reddish copper, bubbly off-white head that fades. Nose is barleywine-esque - figs, some spice and some raisin. Slightly sweet, lots of ovaltine malts, hint of blackcurrant perhaps. Lots of biscuit malts. Finish is slightly sticky, slightly cloying. Not as good as I had hoped.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
The jewel of a vertical tasting that included, 2010,09,08,07,06,05,02. Thanks Gerry. Poured a bright copper with a lasting off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma is dominated by caramelized malts, honey, English toffee, vanilla and tart apple. Taste has a wonderfully balanced hop/malt profile, subtle sweetness, sherry notes, some woodiness. Finish is beautifully lingering and satisfying. Without doubt the jewel of the vertical. cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2007
This beer is an 2002 years tastet in 2006. Heavy yeasty and hoppy aroma. Large frothy initial apperance. Light brown head. Fair lacing. Mostly diminishing longevity. Small particles in body, amber body color. Heavy sweet initial flavor. Light to medium palate. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Thanks to Walt for this beer. Poured a clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Smells of brown sugar, cream, red wine, some light fruitiness. Flavor is quite dry with notes of grapes, brown sugar, alcohol, wine... leading to a very dry finish, perhaos a bit ashen. Overall an enjoyable strong ale that balances being both bold and restrained. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
mmmm... Aged 3 years to perfection.....Pours an amber/brown hue with a light tan head. Aromas of old hops, bitter, a little tobbacco. Flavors of the same. Cobra (1100) - - FEB 16, 2008
500 ml. brown bottle. Part of a vertical tasting held for my close friends.
Still awesome! 6 years old, and just hitting it’s stride. Tasty beer. Deep copper color, white head. Mostly malts in the flavors of this year’s batch, some hops in the background. It still needs a little aging though.