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


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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First seen as a one-off cask release at Ealing beer festival in July 2012. Released in bottles in August 2012.
The third beer in the Past Masters series was first brewed on Thursday, September 10th 1931. The origins of the Old Burton style have changed over the course of the 20th Century, but this version is brewed to the authentic recipe - a true recreation of a wonderful long-lost beer. A rich, golden ale with a big malt character and an incredible balance of sweetness and warmth on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (781) - NORWAY - MAY 23, 2013
Hints of red berries in the aroma. Wonderful complex taste, some sweetness and plum, while a a round bitterness is lingering in the aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ration (1927) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2013
180513. Bottle at home. Pours deep ruby with a nice head. Aroma caramel, malts. Malty body. Nice balance overall. As always a really nice Fuller’s beer. Not Bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2013
Pours dark copper with a beige head. Aroma is malt, earthy, grass, pine and light flower. Flavour is caramel, light alcohol, grass, pine and light flower.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10902) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle from the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick. Pours ruddy amber with no head. Aroma is malty and lightly floral. Med body, almost. Flavor is very floral with roasted malts. Very smooth and mostly on the bitter side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3820) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
500 ml bottle shared by bhensonb. Nose is caramel, prunes, and a flowery note with a slight hint of bubblegum. Clear rusty amber with a small light beige head. Flavor is musty, sweet, and caramelly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1607) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2013
Reddish amber with little in the way of obvious carbonation to be had in what is a striking body. The head sits as a rocky cream colour. The aroma is of classic English bitter - elegant fruit orchard fruit driven malt, grassy to woody hops characters. It isn’t a leap out of the glass and up the nostrils aroma but is admirable for its restraint as for anything else. The carbonation comes out in the mouthfeel, small and individual bubbles combine into a sherbet kind of tingle across the tongue. Those aromas noted are manifest in the flavour: golden apples, ripe nectarine and pears some caramel tart and short sweet pastry, peach slices and some lingering nuttiness. A thoroughly enjoyable example of a beer that probably started out as a special bitter, blasted past special bitter into strong ale - it’s just the alcohol content that bumps it into a different category. I don’t care. I still love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2013) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2013
Amber with a small medium head. Malty with caramel tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Medium to full body with a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vells (652) - LATVIA - APR 14, 2013
Clear amber with medium beige head. Lacing. Aroma, mostly malts,fruity, bit caramel, herbal, bit wood, nuts Sweetish with moderate to low bitterness. Quite dry finish. Interesting one. Pleasant brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (792) - HONG KONG - APR 6, 2013

500ml bottle bought at Oliver’s Delicatessen in Central.

Clear amber brown colour; Two finger head and crumpety off-white foam which last for 2 minutes; Very good and sticky lacing and active carbonation; Fragrant aroma of sweet malt, cherry, red fruits, light caramel and alcohol; Mid to light sweet taste of malt, bread, red fruits, liquorices, citrus, bitter lime, light alcohol and sharp glass; Mid to light body and slick palate; Taste is a cross between ale and lager with full malty, bready character without typical macro cat-piss. Red fruits are lesser in taste than the Old Winter Ale, which give way to strong limey bitter hops the rest of the way. Booze is stronger in smell than taste, no knock-on effect being felt all along. A good feat for a abv 7.3% ale; Bitterness is potent throughout, not much of herbal aroma but with lasting and non-demanding astringency to finish; Slightly dry after taste, Fairly grassy to mouth.

Comments: This one is not as fruity and comfy as the excellent Old Winter Ale; Instead, it has tastes of both the English Ale (red fruity base, strong bitterness) and Euro lager (full maltiness), plus very well expressed and managed booziness. Definitely worth a try to taste what historic brew from the past is like. Taste wise, the Old Winter Ale is still my fave.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeverszeuge (617) - GERMANY - APR 5, 2013
# 3264 ersma: fuller’s kramt in den archiven. in der past-masters-serie erscheinen biere nach rezepten von ehemaligen braumeistern. dieses ist das dritte der serie, nach einem rezept von 1931. kupferfarben und mittelschaumig. der geruch ist kräuterig-fruchtig und ale-ig. röstmalzigkeit ist auch vorhanden. der antrunk ist röstmalzig, kräuterig-herb mit fruchtigen anflügen von zitrus und unreifer birne. die mitte wird deutlich herber. der abgang ist hopfenbetont. kräuteriger hintergrund. kaum noch süße aromen. langer nachhall. die hauseigene flasche ist wie immer überzeugend. zeigt ein altes foto in sepia-tönen im hintergrund. fazit: sehr nett, wenn gegen ende auch recht hopfenlastig. probierenswert. 10,12,11,10,13,11 - 11,00 - 6/4

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