Fuller’s Past Masters XX Strong Ale

7.5% alc./vol., 500 ml bottle
Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. – http://www.fullers.co.uk/
London, England

DSCF1240I’m stealing this from the bottle notes:  “Since 1845, every Fuller’s Head Brewer has kept a hand written book of brews.  The Past Masters series uses this precious archive of brewing wisdom to revive selected, long-lost beers for today’s connoisseurs.”  This is the first of a series, and “XX” is not a Roman twenty but a 19th-century indication that this beer is a bit stronger than the usual.  It was originally brewed on September 2, 1891.  (We Canadian beer drinkers know that Sleeman Breweries had the same nostalgia angle from the Sleeman family recipe book.)  I don’t find that beer from 100 years ago is dramatically different than what we drink today, though, probably because these traditional recipes are brewed on modern equipment from available ingredients.  Personally, I believe in progress and the basic idea that what we do today is better than what we used to do.  It’s fun to try something that tastes a bit different.  This is definitely one of Fuller’s better offerings and worth a try, an example of how to do a strong ale right.

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