Brewed by Fuller’s
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. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (5432) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle from SB cons 2011-02-28 Göteborg AR: roasted malt, dark baking syrp, pumper nickel bread, flater but more caramel tones when poured AP: dark coppar coloured body, 4 cm high frorth of white head F: roasted malt, vinos, loaded with carbonation and high bitterness, caramel, wee cherry, warming - put in the celler to get rid of the sharp edges, flavor wise!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6170) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber with medium off-white head. Bisquity malt aroma with clear notes of floral (EKG?) hops. Medium boied with medium carbonation. Dry with a bit rough, earthy bitterness. Good, but I prefer 1845 at any time.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusgus (235) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours golden amber with a big white head. Very small aroma at first, which later reveals fruity notes of cooked apples, pears and red fruits. Sugary notes and a hint of starches, like oatmeal porridge with strawberry jam. Almost Belgian. The flavour is more Fuller than the aroma. Malty, slightly roasty with a warming alcohol precense. Medium full mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish. Good balance between malt, hops and alcohol. A nice variation to the other Fuller beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours out in a clear amber colour with a a small firm snow-white head. Red berries, marmalade, peppery alcohol and fudge. Medium-bodied with rich notes of prunes, over-riped oranges fudge and warming alcohol. Firm mouthfeel. Warming medium-bitter finish of peppery alcohol, grassy hops with sweetish undertones of oranges and red berries. Quite a nice sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterCall (44) - (Formerly UK), DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
White frothy head quickly vanishes. Delicious. Aroma cereal, bread, citrus. Appearance amber orange, clear, minimal head. Taste medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness. Palate light body, sticky, soft carbonation. long finish. A great concept by Fuller’s of combining an old beer recipe but with modern tones. Bought in Beer Paradise, Holstebro. A fine example of stong British ale, but it while you can! Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5991) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2011
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 500 ml bottle conditioned, from Voldby Købmandsgård, as Fuller’s Past Masters XX Strong Ale. This is the first beer in their Past Masters Heritage series. ABV is 7.5%. Clear amber colour, big to moderate head, slightly off-white. Moderate but nice aroma, notes of dark fruits and berries, also toffee. Fairly rich and slightly warming mouthfeel. The alcohol is not well hidden, but that doesn’t bother me much. Feels even stronger than it actually is, though. Rather sweet flavour, malts + dark fruits and berries again, distinct English hops in the finish and aftertaste. Well worth sampling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deReiger (11) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2011
I don’t what the other raters drank, but my bottle was close to perfect. The aroma, palate and taste were all delicious and in harmony. This is simply one of the best beers I have experienced. My only disappointment was that I had only one bottle of it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zita (5866) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2011
soap water aroma,fruit,copper color,clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle from Skjold Burne. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, malt, hops and alcohol. Some alcohol in the finish as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2301) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle from Fullers Brewery Shop. A light copper colour with a medium head. The aroma is toasted malts with hints of caramel and winter fruit. The taste also comes over with plenty of toasted malt with a dry bitter finish.

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