Past Masters 1905 Old London Ale
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Past Masters 1905 Old London AlePast Masters 1905 Old London Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - English
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
85
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 12.15%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
12
From:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Past Masters 1905 Old London AlePast Masters 1905 Old London Ale
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Released in Sweden September , 2017.
I've had this bottle in my beercellar for little bit more than two years.
The bottle say: Best before end 2020.

Hazy, dark red-brown beer with a thin, beige head.
A promising nose of dried fruit, raisin, ripe apple, prune, hazelnut, toffee, bread and honey.
Taste: Ripe fruit, almond, toffee, caramel, hazelnut, raisin and a hint of chocolate.
Mouth: Full body, low carbonation. A light sweetness at the end and a blanced bitterness that makes you to go back to the beer!

Absolutely fantastic!

Dec 05, 2019
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eric5bellies from Australia

4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my tree house brewing tulip

A - Pours a very interesting cloudy dark honey like colour. The head is creamy and stays the distance.

S - Wow, nice some nicely balanced aromas of caramel, hazelnut, spices and burnt toffee. Damn good

T - Oh so very smooth and yet so powerful in flavour. The finish is like a hazelnut tobacco malt. The mid palate is full of almond, toffee and vanilla. Very well put together and so very well balanced its just not right to criticise.

M - Medium to full body with perfect carbonation. Probably the best part of this brew.

O - Well if they drank beers like these back in 1905 then they should have been very happy people. The thing I love about this brewery is that they do not proclaim to be a craft brewery for that is a term for young breweries of the last 15 years or so. This brewery has for a very long time and continues to brew some outstanding ales of the highest order and this may be the best yet in my opinion. I challenge any non-British brewery to brew anything of this quality. This is one of the very best beers that I have ever drank

Dec 28, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sticky foam + cherry amber; cherries!; hazelnuts, bread crust, almond + big berry, tart almost vinous hit + a woody comeback.

4 3.75 4 4 4.25

Deep + fruity - a red apple thing going on. Tastes aged yet bright. No burn, either. Proper.

Sep 24, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I call a true experience. An original recipe from 1905 - but in a few minutes you already forget about the date and float in a timeless space where beer is universal.
Still, in the beginning of it you somehow feel the difference in its taste and how its balanced. It is something new - and old. I love Fuller's and I am amazed how amazing they could brew even a hundred years ago:
Looks perfectly rich, smells a bit bready - and later on, fully Fuller's. Because somehow it is typically fullers, they have their trademark on it, no wonder. It tastes like an amazingly rich ESB or some kind of English ale that gradually fades over to a taste similar to my favorite Golden Pride, rich and boozy malt. The warmer it gets, the smoother the transition becomes.
It is a great experience indeed because it gives you a rich and unique experience - that you wish was still brewed and sold. Well at least like this, with this special brew we could taste a world heritage, an amazing ale that was good to be revived again.

Mar 09, 2018
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bark from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The colour is deep brown; the liquid clear. The two-finger head is beige and compact; it sinks slowly leaving no lacing on the glass.

The strong smell is sweet with some fortified strong wine. Dried figs and apples and quite a lot of toffee.

The taste is strong with elegant sweetness, some wine-like flavours, passing clean alcohol and dried ripe fruits. Passing perfumed notes and a touch of milk chocolate. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing herbal bitterness, some hay. Figs and dried apricots, some bourbon and brandy. The long finish is malty with toffee and red berries.

The carbonation is medium strong; the many mid-sized bubbles fresh and long-lived. The liquid is surprisingly light for the strength.

I haven’t had that many burton ales, but I really liked this one. Surprisingly drinkable.

Nov 24, 2017
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy dark copper with 2-finger creamy off-white head, moderate retention.
Smell - toasted malts, fruity, dried fruits, nuts, caramel.
Flavour - caramel malts, fruity, decent hop earthy bitterness (EKG?).
Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth, full-flavoured.
Excellent.

Aug 17, 2017
Past Masters 1905 Old London Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 12 ratings