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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16972) - 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 (1317) - 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 (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 (17681) - 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 (7980) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - SEP 6, 2012
500 ml bottle. Nice touches of cognac and oak in the aroma, and the bitterness is almost perfectly balanced. The palate is in general a little ’off-edge’, and I miss some other flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Albe (56) - ITALY - AUG 31, 2012
In summer, but a cold and rainy night, this clear amber beer with good white head, was a pleasant choice. Aroma is mostly malty, with fruits and cask wood notes, a bit alcoholic. In the mouth, delivers again toasted malts, fruits, oak, and a sweet alcoholic well balanced flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
liiisa (2) - - AUG 26, 2012 does not count
Didn’t like this one much when I drank it in 2010. To sharp and boring, but now it has settled in to a fruity, fudge, really balanced flavour. Nice colour, almoste no alohol taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmrmwel (1790) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle, shared with VANØ Bergen. Pours a matte dark golden, with a small creamy head. Aroma is malty, with oak and barrel, as well as notes of peat, whiskey and some alcohol. Flavour is sweet, with roasted malts and syrup, with coffee and a dry malt in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7878) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle at home. It pours almost clear amber with a medium off white head. The aroma has strong malty notes with cognac, dark fruit and toasted caramel. The flavour is highly malty with notes of ripe fruit, toasted caramel and the cognac is most profound in the finish.

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