Past Masters 1966 Strong Ale
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Past Masters 1966 Strong AlePast Masters 1966 Strong Ale
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English Strong Ale
3.85 | pDev: 6.23%
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Past Masters 1966 Strong AlePast Masters 1966 Strong Ale
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. BB 12/2016. Poured into tulip.

A: Brown. Clear. Poured without foam.
S: Toasted malts. Slightly caramel.
T: Following the smells. Toasted and caramel. Somewhat sweet. Quite easy to drink thanks to its low bitterness.
M: high carbonation. Crisp.
O: Decent beer but not outstanding. Expected more complex characters (hops, fruits, etc.).

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Tasted On: 08-24-2014
Freshness: Best by 12-31-2016
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from the brewery

Picked up this bottle when visiting the UK and taking the Fullers brewery tour (highly recommended).

Appearance is a clear beer, dark amber in color, with a couple of fingers of off-white head. Lacing is decent with a good amount of head retention.

Smells are delightful -- mostly malt notes come through with molasses, brown sugars and fruit such as ripened bananas. You can tell this will be a malt-forward brew by the nose.

The taste is very rich and malty; the sweetness of brown sugar and caramel malts dominate, with nods to vanilla beans and dark fruits such as raisins and figs. There's an earthy bitterness quality as well, but the hop bitterness is very low.

Full bodied and low in carbonation, it finishes sweet with loads of malt character and nice warming from the alcohol.

Overall I really enjoyed this strong ale. Makes a nice nightcap.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Past Masters 1966 Strong Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 19 ratings