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


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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Bottle conditioned - released in Autumn 2010. Also available on cask at GBBF 2010.
An oak-aged ale of real distinction. Twenty Courvoisier Cognac casks were used for Brewer’s Reserve No.2, giving the ale a palate rich with woody character and brandy notes. The beer pours a deep bronze colour and carries an oaky aroma. An exceptional beer that has been brewed and blended in the finest traditions.

EDITORS NOTE: Some sources have been erroneously applying the description for the Brewers Reserve No 1 to this beer. In fact, No 2 was aged in Cognac barrels whilst No 1 was aged in Whisky barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4240) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Deep, clear orange body with a medium white retention. Nose is caramel, vanilla, dark malts, almonds and hints of booze. Taste is even more complex: wood, booze, whiskey, dark malts, molasses. A fusion of almonds and marzipan brings out a Christmas pudding-like flavor, which is not (as opposed to certain other English ales) not disturbing but nicely integrated in the overall flavor profile. A very nice and classic English strong ale, with a good dash of that yuletide spirit! :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1595) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle. Copper with a beige head. Aroma: candy (Zoo tablettask?), sweet malt, fruit. Taste: candy, alcohol, oranges, citrus, fruit, malt, some pepper, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied. Not exceptional, and I see why many think this is a bit too sweet and alcoholic, but I like it. Struggling to find the cognac though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle from SB thx to ekstedt, cons 2010-11-18, Göteborg AR: pear cognac, loads of alcohol, candy sweetness AP: mahogny colored body, wee white head F: alcolic x 2, oak, orange chocolate crocant, dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7983) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2010
50 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt! On November 17, 2010
Bottle No. 15220, BB end 2013
Fruity, berry, candy/sweets, light phenolic, evident alcohol scent. Clear oxidized copper color, orange head. Sweet, wood, chocolate, alcohol taste. Warming alcohol. Sweet and chocolate aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Nice chocolate notes, but way too evident alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5636) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber, medium off-white head. Hayish malt aroma with faint vanilla oak notes, alcohol, herbal. spicy hops. Medium bodied. A bit harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (6865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
[3287-20100803] Cask sample. Grainy leaf toast aroma has mild tree bark notes and seems boozy. Clear, amber brown body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Grainy sweet toasted malt flavour has a lingering sweet alcohol and tinge of marmalade. Medium body. Average, gets better with more sips.
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (661) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
Clear mahogany colour. Off white head. Nose is thick with boozy cognac and sherry aromas just like description says. Sticky and sweet. Taste is cognac, caramel, some fruit and nuts. If there is any chocolate there its very faint. Wait...ok it’s there. It has a nice warming boozy finish. I actually enjoy it, though I have’nt been so swept away by other beers with rum/whiskey/oak etc. in them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1154) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
Appearance: Copper colour, medium off-white head. Aroma: Earthy hops, fruity, marmalade, honeylike, warming. Flavour: Sweet warming, hoppy, malty, marmalade, can’t find the cognac. Mouthfeel: bit thin. Total: well made, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11264) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle. [thank you, feldthaus]
[bottle #9360]
Pours clear, light hazy orange amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and mild oaky notes. Medium carbonation, light creamy and somewhat oily mouthfeel. Flavour is rather sweet, mildly vinious, caramel, light oaky, red apples. Some cognac sweetness. Quite delicious with a good, dry finish. Sweet, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours deep red copper with a smallish head. Yellow apples aroma. Well-balanced yellow apples flavours, some bitterness. Despite the nice presentation, this ended up a disappointment.

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