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Fuller’s Past Masters Double Stout

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Bottled; Special - Past Masters series.
Note: Prior to the official release in bottle of Past Masters Double Stout in 2011, the beer was available as a special at several beer festivals but was badged as Fuller’s Imperial Stout. It has not been available in cask format, or under this name since the bottle release. The 10.7% Fullers Imperial Stout released in 2013 is an entirely different beer.

Double Stout is the second in the series, brewed to a recipe from 4th August 1893 – a time when ’stout’ meant ’strong’. Its signature ingredient is Plumage Archer barley, carefully malted and kilned using 19th Century methods. Dark, brown and creamy this beer is brewed to 7.4% ABV and balances a rich fruity aroma with smoky, bittersweet chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5166) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a small brown head.
Aroma: Liquorice, roasted malt, alcohol, dried fruit.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, caramel, liquorice, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2065) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2013
50 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Mulmur. Deep brown, almost black. Very thin head. Heavily rosed malt and resin aroma. Dark chocolate. Strong resin and green veg flavour, bright hops, then a bitter coffee roasted malt on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (773) - SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2013
Sour damp concrete nose. Rich thick tan head. Medium full mouth feel with good density and some long dry rich earthy sappiness. Polished with a degree of class and a dark lingering roastiness at the end. Really impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (3382) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
A two year old bottle pouring a deep dark black-brown, it has a tart vinous nose with notes of soy sauce and just faintly of chocolate and smoke. There’s more umami on the palate, along with faintly sour and burnt-bitter liquorice and bitter chocolate. A hoppy bitter and burnt finish retains that woody soy edge. I wish now that I’d tried it fresh on cask for comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3875) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Room temp bottle. Black, decent foamy off-white head endures. Smell is quite metallic, a bit soapy, some toffee. Body is medium, bit foamy. Taste - milk chocolate up front, redcurrents, ashy finish. Smell and body aren’t great, but the taste keeps me coming back to it. Quite nice, and I’ll give this one the benefit of the doubt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
Sort i farven, med beige skum. Aroma av søtlig kaffe og noe røyk. Relativt fresk i nasen! Smaken er preget av sjokolade og brentmalt, og dette i kombinasjon med en ganske markant bitterhet og betydelig fylde gjør dette til en øl som sloss noen hakk over sin vektklasse. Strålende britisk øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3414) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom. Black, opaque with tan ring, roast, ink, blackberries and soy aroma, umami, delicate roast, coffee and soy taste. Medium-to-full body, smooth texture, delicate body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4086) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 24, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom. Pours opaque black with a medium beige head, aroma of port, chocolate, honey, soy and brandy, flavor of coffee, smoke and light acidity, medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - APR 14, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom. Dark brown to black with a beige to light brown head. Great roasty aroma full of dark chocolate and a bit of soy sauce. Sweetish flavor with lots of chocolate, continues drier and roasty. Medium to full-bodied, silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (2249) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, karamell, laktris, toner av rök och apelsin. Lagom sötma, len och krämig munkänsla med en bra bitter beska. En riktigt god stout med klassisk engelsk känsla.

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