Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Bottle conditioned.
By the time it was released in 2008, this Brewer’s Reserve had spent 500 days in 30-year-old single malt casks. Brewed to 7.7% ABV, it is a strong ale with hop bitterness and tangy marmalade notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
50cl bottle that Derek was nice enough to get out for us after the class tour at the brewery. Dark brown color with a small beige head. Rich wood and scotch character going on. Sweet and fruity with smooth scotch in the flavor. Lightly boozy but very smooth on the whole. Quite good overall. A nice old ale with good scotch flavors integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Cask. This may be an unfair rating because I tried this in a cask, which was drawn straight from the whiskey barrel, meaning there was a higher alcohol percentage before they diluted the brew. The pour was medium to dark golden with aromas of vanilla, oak, sourness, and malt. Flavors were similar with a bit of sourness and sweet oak coming through the sweet, but smooth malt character Nice brew with hints of caramel and biscuits throughout. The whiskey was also a nice addition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1313) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2010
Cask, BrewWharf, small sample. Dark licorish black colour, descent lacing, really intense aroma of whisky and oak, complex malt, really great malt balance in this strong beer, very bitter blend and a delicate balance against the whisky which i think is outstandingly crafted, whisky reminiscent of Glennfidditch, sublime oak finish, roasted malts, some definite tangy fruit in the mix which has dried out with the aging, a really fantastic beer. Thanks for this special treat at the London Brewers’ Alliance evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (6731) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle .Pours amber with a nice off-white heaz.Aroma of wood,spice,malt and whisky.Flavor is swee malt,oak/wood and dried berries with spicy whisky notes.Medium body,average carbonation.Not as complex as I would like it to be, but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Light roasted and hop aroma. Amber color with a thick white head. Plain malt body with a slight roasted and oak note. Finishes with a bitter and very light hop palate. Nice and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4819) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2010
Pours a dark-hued orange body with a medium, off-white top. Nice. Smell is caramel, licorice and toffee, with faint hints of whiskey. Taste is honey, butterscotch, malt, toffee and boozy tones of whiskey. Full-bodied. This is a well-made solid caramel-style English Strong Ale. Solid, but a bit too straightforward and boozy for the low ABV to achieve a top slot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (14698) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle. Number 18758. Amber color, ok head. Smoky aroma, some figs, nuts, whisky notes, some vanilla. Malty smoky flavor, figs, toffee notes, some nuts, some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (5471) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2010
(Bottle #05612 from Alko Arkadia) Poured dark amber and clear. Head was medium sized and lightly brown shaded. Aroma contained malts, toffee and caramell. Palate was medium bodied and bit dry with quite high carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, smoke, vanilla, whisky and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4340) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, brown sugar, caramel and light oak. Taste is of oak and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phredrik (1023) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
Amber pour with a big white head. Nose has caramel, smoke, whiskey, some figs and roastiness. Taste is a bit smoked in the opening, a fair hoppiness, whiskey smoke. I think it is very unbalanced and that the whiskey aging along with the hops really do not match the maltiness. Too high carbonation, medium duration, medium body. A complex beer, but unbalanced, and the beer was way below my expectations.

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