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Brewed by Fullerís
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. 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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deReiger (9) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2011 does not count
I donít 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.

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.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mhkmurals (12) - Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
500 ML Bottle from the Fullers Brewery. Saved as a special celebration beer. Cracked on my boys birthday. Grassy subtle aroma. Highly carbonated, with a short pure white lingering head. Tasted first strongly alcoholic, then a bitter hop flavor, followed with subtle mellow fruit and yeasty flavor. Fantastic Ale. I would love to somehow acquire another.

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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanCrusher (610) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
500mL, Lickbow. I like that they found out that Fullerís makes more than 3 interesting beers. At room temp, pours a hazy orange with a medium beige head. The aroma is fantastic, nice sharp British malts with a decent pale and chrystal malt background. Faint hint of black pepper, piney and some booze too. Flavour has a really nice piney hop bite upfront, balanced super well by the tasty malt body, and rounded out somewhat dry with a hint of booze, but in a very good way. A little spicy and peppery. Body is somewhat thick but it goes down really easy. I canít get over how well balanced this is, itís just perfect to my palate. This one is a real winner, so glad the LCBO brought it in, and at a pretty reasonable price too.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dohny (207) - 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.

4.2
   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 Fullerís 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2249) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle from Sainsburyís in Washington. A brown ale with burnt toffee, currants and rich redy fruity flavours and a slight sour followed by sweet warming finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
steinar (54) - rvk, ICELAND - SEP 19, 2011
Pours amber dark with a large but fast dissipating head. Sweet aroma. Tastes bitter (very hoppy character) but with lingering sweetness. Caramel malts. Toffee. Light/medium carbonation. Oily texture. Full bodied. Bitter finish. Overall a very good beer with a powerfull taste.


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