Fuller’s Past Masters XX Strong Ale (7.5%)

Bottle conditioned and supposedly brewed to a recipe from 1891, Fuller’s continue to be one of the very few big breweries who seem to want to explore beer, still have a real interest in beer, and still try to brew beer for discerning beer drinkers.
This strong ale pours a deep honeyed amber and keeps its wisp of a head right down the glass.
The aroma is rich and fruity, with a lovely hint of Stilton cheese and a big slug of brandy, which is hardly surprising given this beer’s been sitting around maturing for three months.
There’s an enormous amount of spiky black pepper in here, alongside a slightly incongruous but strangely tasty pineapple chunk sweetshop sweetness.
The finish is dry and extends off into the distance leaving a sharp lime rind and caramel coated digestive biscuit crumbling on your palate.
If this marks out the shape of things to come in Fuller’s “Heritage Series” then I for one am going to be right at the front of the queue for the next instalment.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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