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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 152   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 that has been matured for a year in fine cognac casks, Brewer’s Reserve No. 2 is a limited edition rich amber ale with a sherry and orange aroma, luxurious chocolate palate and warming cognac finish. 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1132) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle #28340. Deep copper color, rich off-white head. Appealing aroma with marmalade and stewed berries. Rich flavor with notes of apples, oak, alcohol, iron and juicy malts. The center is reminiscent of sherry, but the taste mellows out. However, the finish has a bit of alcohol in it despite the age. Full body, medium carbonation. Pretty good, but as I prefer whiskey over cognac, I seem to recall the No 1 being more to my taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2013
50cl bottle with a fellow Siebel student, thanks Tim! Bottle #26753. Pour a mostly clear, amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, but not as fruity as the Armagnac version. Some vanilla, toffee and caramel, cognac with a light alcohol warmth, and wood. Flavor is similar. Some wood and cognac up front with a nice fruitiness throughout. A pleasant vanilla-toffee and caramel with touches of toast. Finishes fairly dry and woody with a nice vanilla, a light malt sweetness, some fruits, and a pleasant cognac warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer. The cognac is distinct and provides a pleasant warmth with a good amount of fruitiness and a solid vanilla-toffee malt backing. Very enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2274) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Hazy copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, oak, vanilla, apples, toffee, caramel and dried fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of light booze, oak, dried fruit and toffee. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. OK, a bit mellow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (1640) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Smak och doft av humle, farinsocker, karamell, ekfat, whisky, cognac. Balanserad, lagom söt, rund och fyllig. Bra beska.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (6212) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Cognac comes through on the nose very distinctively, which is never a bad thing, lots of ripe fruits also. A lot more diverse aroma compared to the fresh sample. Flavor on the other hand isn’t that pleasant, some cardboard notes seem to have appeared here. Still lots of sweet ripe fruit and caramel flavors present though. No noticeable amounts of alcohol coming through. Slightly better with some age though might be at a turning point towards worse.
Rating for aged bottle: 8-3-7-3-14.

50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110312.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, sweet caramel malts, some yeast, spice notes and wood. Flavor of caramel malts, faint cognac, ripe fruits and vanilla notes. A bit messy, could improve with age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (1205) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
Klart lyst øl med minimalt skum. Litt søtt med mye smak av god modnet cognac. Ikke nor lang ettersmak.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (1413) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
Nydelig søtlig lukt. Tykk gyllen farge uten å kunne kalles grumset. Preget eikesmak. Noe tørr på smak.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Light toffee with whiffs of age. Drinkable and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1410) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2013
Courtesy of and shared with Nordcore:
Appearance: Bottle number 18501. Medium brown, some tan head. Aroma: Dark fruit, roasted. Raisins. Malt, wood. Taste: Dark fruit, warming, roasted, oak. Some alcohol. Info: 500ml bottle, 27/12-2012, BB: 31/12-2013

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 24, 2013
from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier - hazy reddish-brown beer with a poor foam left; woody aroma with notes of cognac and apples; full-bodied, tasty and with a solid yet subtle carbonation; some sweetness, low bitterness; long woody aftertaste of old apples, caramel and cognac - pretty dry


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