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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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. Fuller’s Past Masters XX Strong Ale will be available in 500ml bottles from the Fuller’s Brewery Shop and in selected Fuller’s pubs. You can also buy Past Masters online.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kalervo (666) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2013
Very well balanced ale, smooth, rich and enjoyable. Really traditional taste maybe?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (1530) - Malmö, 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 söt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5855) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanCrusher (599) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Clear copper colour with one finger of beige head. This beer has aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, raisin, smoke, oak barrels and alcohol. Taste is heavy bitter and so is the aftertaste. It has medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and metallic finish feel. Very good balanced beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s FullersGales Tasting Feb 2012. Amber. Aged aroma. Light fruit. Soft carbonation. Pleasant. Some warmth. Drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheep (93) - FINLAND - JAN 18, 2013
500ml bottle, bbe end of 2013. Pours a deep dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma has sweet and fruity notes of figs, plums, caramel and brown sugar. Taste has figs, sweet malt, light marzipan and almonds, earthy notes. Finishes dry with a pleasant bitter bite. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with medium carbobation.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
[bottle at BJCP study session] Potent grain and pumpernickel aroma with some raisins and ethanol and oranges. Almost clear dark orange under off-white wisps. Grainy flavour that develops into ethanol and then an assertive bitterness. Slightly nutty and oxidized. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, nutty bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fantti (676) - FINLAND - JAN 13, 2013
aatuu lasiin kuparinruskeana ja kirkkaana, vaahto on parin sormen levyinen ja tasaisesti katoava. Hieman rosoinen haju on pähkinäinen, karamellinen, puinen (kosteaa puuta), keksinen ja tietyllä tapaa mausteinen. Maku on makean pähkinäinen, karamellinen (etenkin jälkimaussa), puinen, keksinen ja hieman mainen. Suutuntuma on melko katkera ja melko täyteläinen. Katkeruus tuntuu jollain tavalla aika ronskilta ja epätasaiselta. Kokonaisuutena Arkadiasta tuotu pullo on melko maistuva, mutta hieman kulmikkaan oloinen vahva britti.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VastActiv (2540) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle 0.5l from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Colour is copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours are caramel, nuts, toffee, fruits, malts and hops. Very complex, great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle at the Duke of Wellington, Dunedin. Great yeasty beer. Aromas of caramel and cheese. Taste is sweet and sour, with very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.


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