Past Masters 1966 Strong Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark amber, beige head, not huge, but lasting for quite a while.
Smells of some dark fruit, dark bread, but not much else. A faint smokiness. Weird.
Taste evens things up. Huge caramel malts, with dark chocolate and milk&coffee notes, sweet toffee and molasses. There are also sweet dark fruit, red cherries, forest berries, plums, with a light acidic red apple, like sugar coated apples. The warm alcohol (no unpleasant booziness) and the low carbonation, along with the dark fruit, create a brandy-like feel, though encumbered by the heavy dark malts, somewhat cloying (the Fuller's site states that the recipe even includes maize, so yeah). Beside the roast there's also a faint smokiness, a faint "bacon" undertone, like in a Rauchbier. Hops are typically English (Fuggles & Goldings), herbal and bitter in the finish, punching through the syrupy feel, which is nice. Notes of dry tobacco later on.
Certainly unique and interesting, but i found this brew a bit too malt-heavy. Maybe to cover up the alcohol (perfectly), but it also covered some elements that i look for in an English ale. Or maybe i just didn't want to consider it a sipper. Still a great ale, can't really say if it's better or worse than the other Past Masters, because it's way too different.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 17:13:52 | More by dcmchew
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Drank from my Mane tulip
A - Pours a rich deep ruby/mahogany colour with a two fingered head that reduces slowly.
S - Nice aromas of sweet malts and a little bread.
T - Lots of dark fruits, bread. The booze is really well hidden. The finish is classic English style bitterness. Really impressed with the smoothness.
M - Medium to full body and low to medium carbonation.
O - Very impressive ESA. The smoothness and lack of ABV in the taste are the highlight.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 09:24:46 | More by eric5bellies
Past Masters 1966 Strong Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.