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


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RATINGS: 154   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1533) - 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 (9964) - 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 (1210) - Berkshire, 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 (6634) - 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 (158) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14382) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, wood, cognac, malt and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1080) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Amber, hazy with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, bread, oak, alc, dark fruit. Sweet taste with a nice strong oak ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Gravity Dispense at Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival 2012. Slightly obscured dark brown with a thin off white head that soon clears to the edges. Nose comprises caramel, dark fruits, toffee, cognac, a little wood. Taste follows nose, the alcohol is well disguised, cognac a little more prominent in the taste. Fuller end of medium body with very fine carbonation and a great smooth feel. Excellent beer !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11518) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 18, 2012
Trockener, würzig herber Beginn. Trocken bleibend, Cognac, stimmig. Etwas alkoholisch, später noch trockener, süßlich, gut. 10/10/11/11/12/11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5880) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle # 1652 at Håndtverkerstuene, Oslo. Shared with beer pal Ivars clear amber with a small white head. Complex aroma, lovely malts, sherry and oranges, trace of leather. Taste is almost identical as promised in the aroma, malty goodies, some dark red fruits, even raisins. Oily mouthfeel, lingering cognac finish. A very good beer.

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