Fuller’s Past Masters 1893 Double Stout

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Bottled; Special - Past Masters series.
Note: Prior to the official release in bottle of Past Masters Double Stout in 2011, the beer was available as a special at several beer festivals but was badged as Fuller’s Imperial Stout. It has not been available in cask format, or under this name since the bottle release. The 10.7% Fullers Imperial Stout released in 2013 is an entirely different beer.

Double Stout is the second in the series, brewed to a recipe from 4th August 1893 – a time when ’stout’ meant ’strong’. Its signature ingredient is Plumage Archer barley, carefully malted and kilned using 19th Century methods. Dark, brown and creamy this beer is brewed to 7.4% ABV and balances a rich fruity aroma with smoky, bittersweet chocolate notes.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (6000) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 24, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom. Pours opaque black with a medium beige head, aroma of port, chocolate, honey, soy and brandy, flavor of coffee, smoke and light acidity, medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13957) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom. Dark brown to black with a beige to light brown head. Great roasty aroma full of dark chocolate and a bit of soy sauce. Sweetish flavor with lots of chocolate, continues drier and roasty. Medium to full-bodied, silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (3131) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, karamell, laktris, toner av rök och apelsin. Lagom sötma, len och krämig munkänsla med en bra bitter beska. En riktigt god stout med klassisk engelsk känsla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CanCrusher (1060) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Black coloured, with small beige creamy head, that goes into a crown and stays until the end. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, smoke and lasts long. It’s very smooth and creamy and it’s real plessure to drink. It’s maybe not overall 5, but when we’re talking stout, it’a a winner for me!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5710) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s FullersGales Tasting Feb 2012. Chalky. Raw tuna. Cotton. Chocolate. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2877) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Thanks for sharing Gabriel! Pours nearly opaque black/brown with an orange highlight. Smallish light tan head that falls to a ring. The smell is dark roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. The taste is roast, dry right off the bat, dark chocolate, hint of coffee with a dry finish and slight bitterness. Medium/full in body with medium carbonation. Overall it is a nice beer but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2013
Pitch black with a medium sized offwhite/tan head. Roasty malty aroma with licorice in the nose. Taste is licorice aswell, with chocolate, leather and coffee. Tobacco and cocoa in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (2850) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a beige head, rich malty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee, the taste is bitter with roasted malt with a rich dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle at the Duke of Wellington, NZ. Full marks. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, with hints of alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is great: creamy, full body. Black, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (1108) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 27, 2012
The olive/leathery aroma of some of these stouts is getting into my nostrils and under my nerves. Yes, it does get stronger on the chocolate character of the aroma, but the first whiff is less than exciting for a stout. Pours black, nice, with a creamy head and perhaps too many rainbow bubbles on top. Big ones. Flavours of coffee (too much of it), charred malts, chocolate, and some not too nice sourness. Plenty of bitterness too - feeling like burnt-beans bitterness. The full-bodied beer is oily, astringent and rather sticky (tannin) on the tongue. Fine, but not among my top twenty stouts.

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