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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 212   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. 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (7002) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter glass (Apr í12) to a light copper brown colour with a very small white head. The head vanished without trace in a minute or two leaving but a few bubbles atop the beer! The nose is all about dried/matured fruits. Dates, figs, sultanas maybe a little almond in there? A sweet alcohol aroma is present but in no way excessive! Also a lingering toffee/caramel note. The taste runs fairly parallel with the nose in the dried fruit scenario. A sweet malty flavour also comes into play allied to some subtle hopping and a little caramel. Mouthfeel - this beer is a little over carbonated for my liking with a good medium body. Overall a good strong ale from Fullers, well balanced in terms of flavour and strength, no real sense of 7.5% when drinking. It is just let down a little by the carbonation in my opinion.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (809) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2012
Amber beer with fruity notes and malty aroma. The flavour begins sweet and ends on a fruity and metallic note with a touch of bitterness. Quickly forgotten.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6207) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2012
soap water aroma,fruit,copper color,clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
avantdagare (124) - MalmŲ, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
3 finger beige head that sank to 2mm, clear copper-colored body. Nose: Jam, floral notes, strawberry&raspberry hardcandy, vegetables, yeast and white pepper. Aroma: Bread, orange-jam, oranges, floral notes, yeast, gum, some alcohol-sting and vegetables. Semi-long ending with some bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle at Danske ōlentusiasters ōlfestival 2012, Copenhagen
Hazy light amber color. Mild aroma of malt, whiskey, cereals. Good body; good malt and caramel flavor, with a vanilla, wood and whiskey note; alcohol warmth; drier final.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (2810) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2012
50cl bottle from Alko arkadia. Bbe end 2013. Poured amber with a thin white head. Dried fruits, wood, licorice in aroma, light sourness as well. Flavor has malt, lots of wood, vanilla, dates and alcohol. Long warming, woody finish. Feels somewhat raw.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2012
Deep cooper colour and white head. Dried fruits and malts in aroma. Spicy and fruity on the palate, balanced between sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zenkis (497) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUN 8, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 liked it. very ale(y) and strong. Aroma - hopy,alcohol. Brown body with light foam, vanish soon. Taste - medium sweet, medium bitter with light sourness; a little astringent and acrid aftertaste

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2012
Lovely presentation - ticks all the boxes. Figs, dried fruit with rich biscuity malt backbone. Really tight carbonation helps it slide down wonderfully. UCSC Tasting June 12

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Aroma: Nice fruity and tart aroma with orange, apricot and more. Mouthfeel: Big, very creamy, fizzy. Taste: Very bold with prominent bitterness, balanced by a big malt background. Tart fruit and citrusy notes, too. Caramel, orange and liquorice are among the things it reminds me of. Finish: Dry and bitter like orange peel. Overall: Very good, but It could use some more hops, I think.


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