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Fuller’s Past Masters 1966 Strong Ale

Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Bottled, special.
1966 Strong Ale, the fourth in the series, is a bottle conditioned ale brewed to a strong ale recipe from 1966 when it was drunk during the celebration of England’s victory in the World Cup. This warming, dark ruby ale has a rich rounded flavour with notes of plum and a velvety warm caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (5500) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
500 ml. bottle. Purchased @ Malt Attacks. BBF 31/12/2016. Pours deep faint red amber, touch brown, little tanned head. Nose is heavily metallic, odd herbal note with strong herbal biscuit malts, herbal flowers, herbal copper quality & more metals. Taste is overly metallic & herbal with some syrup, strong biscuit malts but even these seem metallic, dusty caramel & toffee, chestnuts & more dust, a touch of resin, bread, touch syrup. Quite thin, biscuit & metallic. I always feel a strong fascination with historical beers but I always heavily question their accuracy. I question this one even more than usually. This should have been less metallic with more malt sweetness. That suggestion is clearly diverging from its historic quality, accurate or not. Age might make it more unified & sweeter. I always feel a sad personal fascination with this brewery, they never fully satisfy me, tells you too much about myself more than anything else. Anyway it is far too metallic to fully enjoy for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Dark brown beer lasting beige head. Very malty aroma. Lots of fruits but also a lot like a strong brown ale. Some fruit cake. Some English hop flavour. I mean it’s almost too malty. Almost tastes aged. Some spice. Odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (2572) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2015
Flaska från SB. Ca 1,5 år gammal. Vacker rödbrun färg med högt skum. Klassisk engelsk strong ale där tiden fått sötma och alkohol att integreras väl. Fudge, karamell, torkad frukt, plommon, honung, sött bröd. Trots söta dofter och smaker och relativt låg beska, välbalanserad. En trevlig strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zimbo (763) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Strange fuzzy almost metallic nose. Clear sparkling reddish brown colour. Some whispy thin tan head. Slightly carbonic start which turns to an acidity. In time mouth feel improves as the taste reveals a smooth soothing buttery maltiness with traces of metal and leather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8726) - looking for a flat around Munich, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2015
(bottle) Clear, dark amber colour with a medium-sized off-white foamy head. Slightly biscuity and delicately nutty malty aroma with hints of caramel, subtle fruity and woody hoppy notes. Moderately sweet and mildly bitter flavour, medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Slightly (wal-)nutty cara-malty taste with a tinge of residual sugar, biscuit flavours and delicately fruity and woody notes; sweet malty and shy bitter hoppy finish. Likeable Strong Ale, just a tad too sweet imo. 29.XII.14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (9874) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2015
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing this bottle! Pours a clear, copper color with a very thin, white head. Malty aroma with some spice. Hoppiness in the background. Smooth taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
Deep amber-brown pour with a thin white head. The nose is full of soft sweet malt and a bit of toffee character with a little bit of sweetness. A touch of fruity yeast character along with some soft earthy hoppiness. Has a little bit of toasty sweetness and a touch of molasses along with a bit of light booziness. Quite a lovely brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (5638) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2015
Dark chestnut-colour, malty smooth and slightly sweetish nose. The beer starts smooth and malty. Fresh, not too sweetish, nice and intense. Dry malt, not much fruitiness, nice Ale-characteristic with a nice bitter aftertaste. The dry malt with hints of nuts remains long on the tongue. Slightly viscous without being sticky or too sweet. Easy to drink with a warming aftertaste from the alcohol, but not sharp or unpleasant. Great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8566) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2015
Medium, dense light-cream head, rather stable for a British ale, over amber-chestnut beer. Sweetish, fruity nose with pear, raspberry, pineapple and caramel. Bit dusty nose too... 1966? Bitter-sweet, as slightly burnt caramel or toffee. Fruity notes less apparent in the mouth, having shifted towards less sweet, if liqueurish fruit, overripe banana. After some time, a flavour reminding me of the bitter wild honey that is considered a delicacy in Italy (used in beer there too). Quite slick, near oily feel. Feels somehow a lot more carbonated than its dead looks suggest. Lame finish. If tastes quite a bit as the label unfortunately might suggest... a celebration ale from the sixties left on a collectors’ shelf...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (5839) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2014
A little but too aged as this one is just thick and heavy with some raisins, malt and coffee in the back. Drinkability is ok but I wonder how a Fuller´s beer can be a bit skunky towards the finish.

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