Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 152   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
(Bottle, 0.5 l - 02 Aug 14, from Alko Arkadia, 20130524) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and almost white. Aroma had malts, fruity hops and hint of sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, fruitiness, sweetness, caramell, toffee and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, hoppy and bitter. Despite all the sweet flavours the end result was nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (437) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Pours brown with a mediocre white head. Malty aroma with some caramel, bready and biscuity elements; not much hop presence. Taste is sweetish and balanced towards malts, only a little hoppiness. Very bready, also nutty and fruity flavours. Medium body, average carbonation - could be a bit fuller. Nicely malty strong ale, drinkable despite strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5181) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2013
Sample from bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2013. Brown colour, moderate off-white head. Surprisingly moderate aroma, malts and a hint of fruit cake. Rich malty flavour, not too sweet, with a firm hoppy bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (1016) - 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 (1949) - 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 Fullerís beer. Not Bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, 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 (11257) - 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 (3855) - 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 (1692) - 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 isnít 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 - itís just the alcohol content that bumps it into a different category. I donít care. I still love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2085) - GŲteborg, 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.

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