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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: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (834) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 27, 2012
The olive/leathery aroma of some of these stouts is getting into my nostrils and under my nerves. Yes, it does get stronger on the chocolate character of the aroma, but the first whiff is less than exciting for a stout. Pours black, nice, with a creamy head and perhaps too many rainbow bubbles on top. Big ones. Flavours of coffee (too much of it), charred malts, chocolate, and some not too nice sourness. Plenty of bitterness too - feeling like burnt-beans bitterness. The full-bodied beer is oily, astringent and rather sticky (tannin) on the tongue. Fine, but not among my top twenty stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (3017) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle at home from fullers online. Darkest brown with fluffy cola head. Tobacco, dates and sultanas on the nose. Thick, rich, toffee, redcurrant, toast, chocolate, gentle carbonation, long roast coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2012
Pours solid black, but not thickly. Nose full of molasses, coffee and vanilla, smooth rich and warm in the mouth. Softly textured, carrying a full on wallop of booziness, fading to a delicious cream-and-coffee aftertaste. A delicious beer, smoother and richer than most stouts; the alcohol carries a delicious roundness that just keeps propelling a strong, full dark-ale flavour along.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10710) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 13, 2012
Herb-malziger Beginn, würzig, erstaunlich hell, mild, röstig, Karamellnoten. Malziger werdend, recht trocken. Dann röstiger werdend, geringe Süße. Nett, kräftig malzig im Abgang. 9/10/11/11/11/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2134) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
Cask. Black, but not opaque. Round oily roasted aroma. Soft and velvety. Fairly low carbonation level. Lots of roasted notes, but balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Washington. An inky black beer with a smooth, rich mouthfeel. It has an initial chocolate and leathery flavour with vanilla, oak, whisky and slight smoke on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fairwater (134) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Rich, almost whisky like aroma, coffee notes. Absolutely opaque black. Liquorice, fading to a deep roast coffee on first sip. Gorgeous beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9552) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 28, 2012
from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier - black beer with a little foam left; roasted aroma of coffee and vanilla; low carbonation and quite full-bodied; some sweetness and a late earthy bitterness; hints of licorice meet the coffee in a long roasted finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1663) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2012
I held my glass up to the light and not a scintilla of light got through. This is seriously dark. It held a rocky latte coloured head. The aromas are rich, so, so rich: I got licorice, currants, port, chocolate, nutty sherry, pecan nuts, souffle, toffee brittle, molasses. My god this is a piece of work. Second nosing brings out more of the licorice and spices. I get heady notes of cinnamon, garam masala, mace and cardamom. Just beautiful. Upon tasting, everything I wrote was augmented suddenly by plumminess and oddly enough, cured ham and bacon. There’s a smoky wonder about this beer reminiscent of Ardbeg Uigeadail. It is lip smackingly generous with plenty of oily body and coffee grounds. And then there’s a return to amontillado sherry, currants, ground brazil and pecan nuts. You could taste this a dozen times and write a dozen reviews with salient differences. This is a beer for restful contemplation, for sitting and talking about. This beer isn’t just a past master, but a current champion. One for me that is so devoid of fault that it immediately enters my pantheon of simply sublime beers. So far, alongside Middlemiss Hodgson IPA, this is my beer of the year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8743) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Purchased from the brewery shop at Fullers Griffin Brewery, Chiswick and poured into a Fullers ESB large pint goble (drank Mar ’12). Pours a very dark brown ’almost’ black in colour with a large frothy tan head. Dark roasted malts make up the majority of the aroma and in the background a definate whiff of chocolate allied to a little nut and smoke. Great tastes in this well balanced beer, picking up on all the favourites of a good old school stout that so many beers lack. From chocolate and coffee to leather, nut, a little dark fruit, a good dose of smoke - more so than on the nose and a small pinch of liquorice. A little woody on the finish. Medium to full in body, well disguised alcohol for a 7%+ beer! A fairly creamy texture which teases the throat for more and a small amount of carbonation which befits this style of beer. Overall a very good beer and I’ll definiately seek out again.

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