Past Masters Old Burton Extra
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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English Strong Ale
3.79 | pDev: 10.03%
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Photo of bark
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The colour is deep brown (50 EBC), the liquid clear. The finger thick airy head is off-white, it sinks quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is fruity with some hay-ish hops. Hints of red berries, lightly roasted semi-sweet malts and some smooth alcohol. It is surprisingly light.

The taste is malty with some raisins, red berries and caramel malts. Hints of nuts and clean bitter notes. Medium body. The aftertaste got more caramel malts, hints of toffee and roasted nuts plus quite a lot of warming alcohol. Earthy notes and green plants in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the large bubbles sharp. The liquid is thin.

This beer might be a true impetration of a historic style, yet I find it much lighter and thinner than expected.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear mahogany pour with a beautiful three finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is bold and complex, but nicely balanced with lots of sweet malt and fragrant hops. Hints of caramel, toffee, tea, brown bread, perfumey hops, and some subtle dark fruit. The taste mirrors the nose in a less bold, but still balanced fashion. Lots of sweet caramel malt up front along with hints of brown sugar, tangy hops, molasses, nutty brown bread, tea, figs, and just a touch of banana bread. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, good balance, a nice tangy hop bite, with a slight aftertaste on the finish. Overall, another solid offering from Fuller's.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Fuller’s online shop; BB 02/08/2014, served cool in a tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: pours a dark copper colour with good clarity and a slowly dissipating beige frothy head; carbonation level is medium/moderate.
S: lots of perfume, toffee-ish, and gristy malts even, with a remarkable depth of aroma reminiscent of hanukkah honey and liquidy barley candy; semi-oily/slicky notes intertwined with semi-stinky, dirty-cloth like, Fuggles hoppiness, with dark sugar, asparagus, prunes, sultanas, and longan-fruits lagging behind. True to the English barleywine’s tradition, the nose is predominantly malty and rich, as the hops contribute to the overall body rather than counter-balances the malts with a heavy aroma.
T: the initially bitter-sweet palate of malts & herbal/earthy hops with a woody sherry touch of dry-ness leads towards a slowly increasingly tea-stem tannic, but yet mature, hoppy aftertaste. The bitterness manifests in a rather chewy, neither harsh nor “biting”, manner, making a deep impact on the deep ends of the tongue, and only then a subtle flow of dark fruitiness with its lightly acidic touch creeps up, alongside more aromatic roast-tea-ish and burned-nutty notes.
M&D: very smooth on the palate, but not without sufficient, mild fizziness; this full-bodied barleywine is much more subtle in terms of flavour profile, malt-hop balance, and body, than the same brewery’s other barleywine-style products, such as Golden Pride, Vintage Ales, etc. I would personally think a bottle-conditioned version should do no harm, or rather, bring improvement, to the body and depth of this ale. Having said that, I’m directly comparing this ale with my experience of other Fuller’s ales under the craftsmanship of Mr. Keeling, while this ale, on paper, really is Keeling’s interpretation of the recipes of his predecessor(s). To judge it as it is, I would subjectively say it is a rather pleasant, well-balanced, albeit somewhat mild, example of English barleywine. Fairly easy to sip, and the finishing acidity on every sip does not go on a numb palate, either.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of vinicole
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut colour.
Malt and green hops.
Light fruitiness. Well balanced malt. Medium sweetness.
Pleasant carbonation and I hardly noticed the alcohol.
Very nice.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Drank from my Mane liquor chalice

A - Pours a deep cola colour with a thick white head that retains well and laces.

S - Heaps of caramel, oak and malt.

T - So balanced ! Oak flavours up front with some caramel malt and almost whisky barrel flavours. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Low carbonation and medium to full body. Smooooth

O - A Master piece. What more could you want from this style ?

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ruby tan with outstandingly lacey, pocked, sandstone head.
Big toffee, golden raisin, and cake malt nose.
Blonde brown sugar, a toffee hit, caramel turtles, plum and some EKG hop notes.
Caramel apple finish and clean bitter linger.
Med-full, sticky, round.

My first knowing encounter with Burton Ale, once a widespread style of its own, now encountered mostly as Winter Warmers.

Way sweet, with no hop aroma to balance, as per style guidelines. But not out of balance, so the hops are doing their work. All the intricacies of malt are on display - I see the winter warmer parallels.

Ultimately, well-attenuated and not cloying so very drinkable.

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Photo of Hiwattowner
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color. Beautiful and clear. Forms a small creamy and thin bubbled light beige head. Good retention and many small spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet caramel grains and flowery hopys, basically. Notes of dark fruits and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet caramel malts upfront. Toffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and bready yeasts. Nice dry hoppy bitter end

M: Medium body and medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste. Caramel malts and English hops

O: Good drinkability. Not the best from Fuller's but still a enjoyable Ale

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on bottle at Old Bank of England (London), poured into a Fullers pint glass.

A - Pours a coppery orange brown with a thick light-tan head that lingers
S - Aromas of bourbon, raisins and other dark fruit.
T - Caramel malt, fruit cake, smooth boozy bourbon notes, slightly hoppy bitterness towards the end, but mainly sweet overall
M - Very smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbonation
O - Amazing flavours that combine ever so well. This is really like a boozy fruit cake in beer form.

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Photo of rarbring
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clear copper brown, a small warm off-white head, little lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of whipped eggs, fruit marmalade, some alcohol and spices (cinnamon, clove).

Starting sweet brown bread, brown sugar, bitter orange marmalade, apple peel.

Medium high carbonation, soft and smooth, small foamy bubbles, a big body and a long dry finish.

Very sessionable, in spite of high ABV. Also shows that they knew how to brew really good and strong ale, the 19th century Britts.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on nov´12. Reddish brown in color headed by creamy & lasting crown. Off-white froth. Aromas of figs, subtle fudge chocolate, toasted malts & molasses. Dry & harsh malty upfront is followed by smooth hoppiness. Medium to high body. Soft carbonation. Dried nuts & slightly plum touch provides some astringency. Bitterness lingers underneath. Chocolate comes back on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden. Good job!.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming off tasting the Fuller's vintage ale coming in at .5%, I was expecting this to be a similar brew on a lighter scale. That was more or less the case although the nose was weaker than expected. Flavor was very much like a vintage light with a malt forward, stone-fruit centered profile. Although the nose led me to believe it would be under hopped, there was some good bitterness to balance it out. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. It is a shame this is not a regular offering since it is one of the better Fuller's I've had.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of tonton
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely rich stained oak color with a thick, quickly dissipating light grey head.

Smell is fantastic, clovey malty hoppy apple and banana.

Taste is good. More standard dark English ale than the nose. But still a very fine vintage ale. A couple years bottle conditioning will make it shine, I'm sure. But fantastic off the shelf.

Finish has a slight aftertaste but nothing to kill it.

A definite favorite. Fuller's delights yet again.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Past Masters Old Burton Extra from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 28 ratings