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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5406) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s FullersGales Tasting Feb 2012. Chalky. Raw tuna. Cotton. Chocolate. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2173) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2013
Thanks for sharing Gabriel! Pours nearly opaque black/brown with an orange highlight. Smallish light tan head that falls to a ring. The smell is dark roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. The taste is roast, dry right off the bat, dark chocolate, hint of coffee with a dry finish and slight bitterness. Medium/full in body with medium carbonation. Overall it is a nice beer but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2013
Pitch black with a medium sized offwhite/tan head. Roasty malty aroma with licorice in the nose. Taste is licorice aswell, with chocolate, leather and coffee. Tobacco and cocoa in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (2137) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a beige head, rich malty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee, the taste is bitter with roasted malt with a rich dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle at the Duke of Wellington, NZ. Full marks. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, with hints of alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is great: creamy, full body. Black, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (942) - 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 (3922) - 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 (12633) - 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 (2177) - 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.

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