Fuller’s Past Masters 1931 Old Burton Extra (OBE)

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
First seen as a one-off cask release at Ealing beer festival in July 2012. Released in bottles in August 2012.
The third beer in the Past Masters series was first brewed on Thursday, September 10th 1931. The origins of the Old Burton style have changed over the course of the 20th Century, but this version is brewed to the authentic recipe - a true recreation of a wonderful long-lost beer. A rich, golden ale with a big malt character and an incredible balance of sweetness and warmth on the palate.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6879) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle 0.5l at home (via alesbymail). Best Before 02 AUG 14. Colour is brown small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, sweetness, toffee, wood and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7704) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle picked up from the Union Tavern. The pour’s rich reddish brown with an off-white head. The nose is leather, spiced fruit cake. Cherry pie. Rich, sweet, earthy malts. Light toasted brown bread. The taste is actually moderately hoppy. Notes of tobacco, earthy hops. Spiced pumpkin. Some wood. Chewy toffee and caramel. Slightly papery, oxidized. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, merely OK. Others in this series were more impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3713) - FINLAND - JUL 8, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Bottle 50 cl, BBE 08/2014. Pours mahogny in color with an off-white head. Toffee and old hay in aroma. Bit of semidark bread and dough as well. Not that sweet in taste even there’s some notes of butterscotch present. Nice light bitterness and just a bit of boozy punch in the end. This has even got that nice, slightly vinous and ripe dark fruity vibe in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cantabrian (1110) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2013
Not sure what to make of it. Not golden, but dark copper, clear as crystal. Aroma of those fruits in the cellar, the old barn. It starts to get to you as an old belgian type of beer, but the flavour is disappointing. Just bitter bread, flat, straight on your face, with no complexity, all behind a scandalous alcohol taste. The palate is very resinous, sticky even, but that doesn’t save the beer. I did not like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2013
0.5 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Dark amber ale. Sweet and tart taste with pine resins, nuts, almonds and toffee. Sweet nutty toffeish and tart taste with almonds, christmas cake, raisins, dark sugar and some tart alcohol. Tart alcohol, bitterness and restrained roastiness in the finish. Full soft body. Complex ale which I would like to taste again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Clear brown beer with a tanned lacy big not lasting head. Malty, brown sugar and a bit floral aroma. Malty and a bit sweetish flavour. Not the best Fullers I´d had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (3727) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle from Alko. Dark amber color, white head. Bitter taste with caramel, citrus, nuts, malts and a bit of alcohol. Bitter finish with grapefruit and caramel. Very nice English strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3302) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 Bottle from Terre de Boissons, Coquelles, France. An amber/brown coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Malty, hoppy, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, malty, hoppy, dark fruit, slightly bitter. Nicely balanced and very English.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (11475) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2013
500 ml bottle. 215. BB 02/Aug/14. (Alko) Helsinki, Finland. Cloudy copper brown colour with a small foamy off-white head. The aroma is vaguely froral hoppy, sweet malty, woody, nutty and with some fig and date notes. The flavour is very fruity with dark fruits, mild floral hops, sweet sugary malt and mild bitterness. Sweetness in the aftertaste. Too sweet to be enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (7578) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2013
50cl bottle, BB 02/08/14. Dark mahogany with a thin white head. Aroma of dark fruits, sweet caramel and nutty notes. Flavor has caramel, alcohol, woodplums, hops. Finish is bitter and warming, some dark fruityness lingering. Medium bodied, nice sipper

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