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Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve No 1 Oak Aged Ale Single Malt

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Creamy wg´hite good mostly lasting head. Light amber colour. Heavy malty light hoppy aroma. Oak and vanilla present. Very caramellic moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Whiskey barrel slightly present. Nice. Creamy palate. OK beer but too expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
#1300 courtesy of bu11zeye. Light copper. Sweet bread aroma with some acidic citrus and wood. Tastes of apples that turn aged very quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, clear amber pour with oaky spiced aroma, a fruity buttery caramel and smoke flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle number 00890 thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a white head and a hazy golden body. Aroma of oak, licorice, dry caraway, apple, plum and toffee. Taste is plum, cherry, oak and dark fruits. Sweet overall, with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Davidbussell (1) - USA - OCT 23, 2009 does not count
Well worth the wait of 500 days. I was expecting a more of a spirit taste, but the slightly smokey taste was very pleasent indeed. I beleave this could be one of the best beers to put up for a couple of years to compare with later brews (if they happen in the future). After reading some of the reviews I wounder whether some of the tasters have realised it is a bottled conditioned beer. I will repeat myself it was well worth the wait.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2009
Clear amber of color with an off white head. An aroma of sweets, wood and raisins. A flavor of malt, nuts and wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (2350) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep golden with an off-white head. Weird aroma. Medicinal? Tart. Flavour is sort of malty and tart with cereals. Don’t really know what to make of it. Meh. 26-09-09.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma: Very malty, lightly sour, sweet, oak, vanilla, toffee, berries, spices, raisins. Flavor: Malty, sweet, oaky, lightly sour, vinous, caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisins, english bitter orange marmelade, spices, light hopiness, light alcohol. Oaky and a bit bitter finish. Much better then that Innis & Gunn stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
liinis (1767) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2009
bottle no:08352. Thick beige foam on top of the clear dark amber liquid. Too much carbonation at first. Maybe I poured it bad. if you leave it stand a while and warm up a little too it is not the same beer anymore: very strong warmth in your body and gets to the head in no time. more points for the pretty cardboard box. Rich flavored, a bit sour in the middle and in the end more. sweet too. Oak. an artificial vanilla flavor in the end does not please me at all. the final aftertaste after a minute or two is not very good. Peach marmelade I would say. Heavy malts are nice. Wonder which whisky barrel it was in. Feels like bourbon sweet liquor. It gets better all the time...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sound67 (697) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2009
50cl dark brown bottle, as shown (No.19,216). Beautiful hazy dark amber colour – big, creamy off-white head with plenty of lacing. Intense aroma of orange, toffee and whiskey. Low carbonation, generally creamy, but slightly grainy mouth feel. The effect of 500 days of storage in old whiskey casks is immediately noticeable, creating a superbly balanced taste of fruit, whiskey and roasted malt. Bitter and dry hoppy finish, long-lasting medium bitter aftertaste in which the different notes are still „at play“ long after the last sip is gone. This is beer with a capital „B“. Sure, it’s expensive – but I honestly think that strong ale doesn’t get any better than this. Fuller’s have done it again!

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