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Fullerís Past Masters XX Strong Ale

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The first beer in the Past Masters series we have chosen to recreate is XX, a strong ale which is perfect for bottle conditioning. Brewed at 7.5% ABV, with the original recipe first used on September 2, 1891, it is dark, rich and full flavoured, with a distinctly warming character. XX is deeply satisfying, and an unforgettable experience for those who love traditional English beer. Fullerís Past Masters XX Strong Ale will be available in 500ml bottles from the Fullerís Brewery Shop and in selected Fullerís pubs. You can also buy Past Masters online.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Best before date of Dec 2013, so I guess itís officially a couple of weeks past itís prime, but it shouldnít kill me, right? Relatively clear amber-orange body with a medium sized just-off-white head. Aroma is a bit oxidized, but still pleasant, with notes of dried orange peel, caramel, marzipan and buckwheat honey. Flavour starts sweet, bringing to mind dried figs macerated in tawny port, and then turns surprisingly bitter, with a big hit of citrus rind and a long, dry herbal/medicinal finish. I was half expecting a stale and flabby beer as punishment for keeping it in my cellar for too long, but this was really excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. BBE date Dec 2013; Drank Nov 2013 - BCA; sedimented. Very Orangey Amber in colour. Very Malty; toasty malts, grainy, caramel. Very Fruity; very orange citrus, orange marmalade. Hoppy; earthy and peppery hops. Warming alcohol very evident. Good malt/fruit/hop balance. Moderately bitter malty citrus fruity throughout with earthy hops. Enjoyed this. Lovely Beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (5003) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Cuso, thank you! Lightly hazy deep amber colour. Aroma shows strong alcohol, some maltiness. Taste is quite plain, malty, caramel, raisins. Full body, nicely drinkable. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18220) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle at ÷rebro ÷l&Whisky Festival 2013. Somewhat hazy amber/copper beer with a decent offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, raisins, figs, vinous, floral notes. Malty vinous flavor, raisins, fogs, caramel, banana notes, some warming alcohol. Nice vinous finish with caramel and raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dohny (358) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottled. Clear, copper color, small off white head. Aroma caramel malt, prunes, honey. Flavor: caramel, tofee, port wine. Full body, warming alcohol, oily texture, lively carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7785) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle from trade with rosenbergh, many thanks. Amber color with medium off-white head. Biscuits, caramel malt in aroma. Fruity, malty taste with light citrus hoppy bitterness. Bittersweet finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (3932) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Hazy copper liquid with medium to big off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, toffee, caramel, bread, light port wine and dried fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of bread, toffee and alcohol. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Quite nice but a bit rough in the edges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kalervo (1014) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2013
Very well balanced ale, smooth, rich and enjoyable. Really traditional taste maybe?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2792) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
En god strong ale. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, fikon, torkad frukt med toner av choklad och kaffe. Bra beska, lagom sŲt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9288) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110402.
Pours clear copper color with a small head. Aroma of toffee, some ripe fruits, caramel malts and mild spice notes. Flavor of caramel malts, ripe fruits, resiny hops, some toffee and hay. Decent.

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