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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English Strong Ale
4.31 | pDev: 12.53%
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Past Masters 1905 Old London AlePast Masters 1905 Old London Ale
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by sraufstok:
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hanyuu
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.87/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Past Masters 1905 Old London Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 11 ratings