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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2009
500mL bottle. Amber colour with thick white head. Good beer, but I prefer the vintage ales. Big whisky on the nose, some hops. Body is malty, quite sweet and fruity, creamy, more whisky notes, oaky and a bit sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (1892) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2009
Rating no. 1100. Bottle. Hazy amber colour with large creamy white mostly lasting head. Hoppy aroma with notes of fruit and oak. Sweet fruity flavor with smokey notes. Warm alcohol finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2009
(Bottle, one year old) Pours copper amber with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is oaky up front with notes of wood, light vanilla, light whisky and light smoke. Sweet berries and black currant tea alongside toasted and caramelly malt makes the nose rather sweet. Light oxidized hops with notes of cheese and oranges. Some strange, bretty hints of dust and sweaty horse blanket (maybe from the oak?). A touch of marmalade is also notable. The flavour is light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with clear notes from the oak - whisky, vanilla and wood. The caramel malt backbone blends well with the whisky. Dusty, earthy and spicy hops. The mouthfeel is round and near medium carbonated. The beer finishes with clear notes of vanilla-like whisky and warming alcohol. Medium bodied. I really like Fuller’s but this is a quite mediocre beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6060) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2009
500ml Bottle - Amber in colour with a lively head. Very intriguing aroma with hops, berries, orange and a slightly smoky and musty hint. The taste is rich and fruity with dried fruit, hops, marzipan, Christmas cake and some smoky notes. The whisky elements are noticeable, yet nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle No. 04604 from Alko shop. Mild nose. Pale beige head. Slightly sweet malty taste. Bright coppery colour.Some hints of whiskey in the taste. At the end hoppiness. When getting warm whisky in the nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
(on bottle) I like english ales and I like whiskey/whisky too. So opening this quite expensive beer, I was curious indeed. Dark chestnut, quite a big head for a beer having spend 500 days in a cask. The carbonation brings a quite bourbon-ish aroma to me........and not much else. I wait for the temprature to rise; the sweetness of cornwhiskey are followed by some woodyness.........and not much else.Getting warmer, close to too warm I get a mouthfeel like whiskey delutted in too much water and tobacco. Now the bottle are empty and I suspect myself forbeing a beersnob, buying beer at this price..............and not much else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (936) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2009
500 ml bottle. Clear reddish orange colour, frothy off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma, with vanilla and whisky. The flavour is caramel-malty, fruity, with some smokiness, whiskey notes and alcohol warmth. Quite nice, but certainly not the best oak aged beer that I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle, 50cl. Bottle No 19709. Pours an orange beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is sweet, plum, raisin, vanilla and wood. The flavor is nice rounded with fruit and sweetness. The palate is smooth and has a good feel. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (18091) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle at my Cloisters bar staff tasting ...Copper ... sweet light whiskey nose ... light toffee... little pine ... definite whiskey ... light bitgterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (4446) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2009
500 ml bottle. It poured a clear amber liquid with a medium foam and a nice lacing. Smelled of vanilla and tasted sweet with a sour aftertaste. An ok beer.

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