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Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve No 2 Oak Aged Ale Cognac

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


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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2839) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Smak och doft av humle, farinsocker, karamell, ekfat, whisky, cognac. Balanserad, lagom söt, rund och fyllig. Bra beska.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (9374) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
Klart lyst øl med minimalt skum. Litt søtt med mye smak av god modnet cognac. Ikke nor lang ettersmak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (3547) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
Nydelig søtlig lukt. Tykk gyllen farge uten å kunne kalles grumset. Preget eikesmak. Noe tørr på smak.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Light toffee with whiffs of age. Drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1997) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12007) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1500) - ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
500 mL at the Ship in Wokingham into a pint glass. Radiant orange-brown, fizzy, very short-lived head. Fruity, rich, smooth and boozy. Lovely fruity, light cognac aroma. Warming mouthfeel, almost sherry beer. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2013
(Bottle) Pale reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity nose with distinct cognac aromas, ripe pears, oak wood, apricots, orange, treacle and herbs. Fruity taste with notes of oak wood, brown sugar, dried apricots, orange peel, cognac, chestnut honey, a touch of chocolate and a bitter-sweet finish with a slight alcohol glow. More than medium body, with a certain sweetness. Lots of wood character, quite tasty. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
calm_dreamer (160) - GREECE - JAN 11, 2013
Very nice special ale. Color deep orange-dark red but not too much on the black side. Aroma of cognac and a hint of orange and alcohol. The foam lasts only a bit. Taste of cognac with a sweet caramel finish and a bit of alcohol too. Full body that fills the mouth and just enough CO2 to be there but not sting. Very nice beer.

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