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Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve No 3 Oak Aged Ale Auchentoshan

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


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Brewer’s Reserve No.3 has spent 800 days gently maturing in old Auchentoshan whisky barrels, the longest maturation period of any of the Brewer’s Reserve beers. The beer draws notes of vanilla, honey and spicy ginger from the whisky-soaked wood, combined with a rich malty body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1961) - FINLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Hazy amber color with a thick frothy head. Aroma is citrus, caramel, grass and sugary malt. Sugary taste is grass and ginger. Dry and a little bitter finish. Oily texture.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
LoFi (1710) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
Bottle # 16636. Amber, beige fizzy head, explodes out of the bottle when the cork is popped. Aroma: sour, infected, buttery, underneath that fruity and earthy. Taste: lighter infection, sour, toffee maltiness, no whisky, but the alcohol is apparent. Full-bodied, high carbonation. Too bad about this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Furseth (2090) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2012
Bottle: Clear red colour, creamy head. Aroma:Sweet maltynes, belgian yeastynes, and and fruits! Flavor: Caramelly, fruity mouth feeling, belgian yestynes, and fruity finish. Medium body, and a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 5, 2012
(Bottled) Clear copper with a medium head - nice one for an oak aged beer. Strong vanilla oakiness in the nose with calvados, red wine and almost lambic-tart apple fruitiness. Flavor is less sour, and there’s no red wine. Calvados-like apple tartness is, however, present, with some whisky-like roughness in the background. ABV is very well hidden, and the overall balance is great. Medium to full body, quite low CO2. A very non-British brew, that reminds me of ’t Smisje Calva Reserva - but without the sweetness. A successful barrel-ageing, and certainly among the very best English brews I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CarlJonas (231) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2012
Pours a cloudy amber with a big, kind of fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is a little weak but with pleasant notes of honey. The taste is incredible smooth without losing in complexity. Sweet malt, vanilla from the oak, a slight tartness, hints of whisky. There really is a lot going on but in a very subtle sort of way. Creamy mouth-feel with low carbonation. In one word: Classy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAR 31, 2012
Botella de 500ml.Copa Cáliz Westmalle.Saboreada en mar´12.Color ambar oscuro.Espuma beige claro de burbuja pequeña.Corona fina y muy fugaz.Aromas de maltas tostadas,higos secos,whisky,alcohol y malta caramelo.Entrada de piel de naranja madura.Chispeante.Afrutado amargo -pasas y ciruelas.Sutil especiado en el intermedio.Final de Intenso malteado y suave nota de miel caliente.Astringencia de piel de uva.Cuerpo y carbonatación medios.Whisky en el retrogusto con notas de madera y cálido alcohol.Una cerveza excepcional de sabor pleno. 500ml bottle.Westmalle Chalice glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Dark amber color.Light beige,small bubbled,froth.Quickly dissipated thin crown. Toasted malts,figs,whisky,alcohol & malty caramel to the nose.Ripe orange zest upfront.Sparkling.Bitter fruitness -raisin & plum-.Subtle spicy in the middle.Intense malty,slightly warm honey,finish.Grape zest astringency.Medium body,moderate carbonation.Whisky on the aftertaste,woody notes & warming alcohol.Exceptional flavorful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eeez (47) - Thatcham, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Pours well carbonated oak colour but thin with no head. Aroma of cherry coke, banana with a little whiskey tartness. Taste is hugely surprising, the whiskey barrel aged beers I've had before have all been ruined by tasting like weak spirit rather than beer, and I dont really like whiskey. This however is different. Mouthfeel is carbonated and smooth with a medium body. Taste is initially sweet malts with very mild whiskey barrel notes of caramel and cherry cola, which builds in bitterness and warms the mouth and throat - the only sign of any alcohol. Unlike most barrel aged beer its very drinkable, no need for sipping. This is lovely stuff, the best BA beer I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - MAR 29, 2012
Aroma: Smells strongly like wine (Retsina?). Citrusy, resiny. Grape, candy, vanilla and more. I think the old wood is discernible, too. Very special. Mouthfeel: Creamy and full. Taste: Sour (oh so lovely!), creamy taste, orangey hops, brandyish warmness. Spices, caramel, yeast, liquorice and more. The dominant part is the wild yeast sourness. Very distinguished. Finish: Alcoholic, dry and sour. Overall: A very very complex and unique beer. I ’d like some more bitterness, though. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2910) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle. Nice and quite unique. Notes of caramel, strawberries, "exotic" spices and something a bit sour (vinegar?). Tart and woody. Thirst quenching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding.
Pours completely clear copper with a small, frothy, white head. Aroma has sweet malts, caramel, oak, light vanilla, light pepper. Medium to high carbonation, fairly light and good creamy palate. Flavour has caramel sweetness, light sugary, peppery ginger, vinious, fairly sharp in the middle. Great oaky dryness in the far finish. Fine.

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