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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.

ALLOVATE's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, - OCT 4, 2012
Tasted @ Grain Cru - Roll Out the Barrels, Belgian Beer Café, Perth.
Deep copper with little evident life. Head rapidly depletes back to nothing. Acidic, sour berries, oxidised sherry, vanilla and oak, hessian cloth and dank cellar must is the aroma – quite sharp but somehow mellowing. Piquant and musty sour berries and sherry of the aroma dances well across the palate. Dry, but with enough fruit to heighten it. It is spritzy in mouthfeel despite the lack of life in the appearance; an oily but thin finish sees it drop off hairy and acidic. Strong oak notes add a spice and hint of vanilla that lingers long with the musty fruit between each sip. I found this went down like a mulled wine as the alcohol seems absent. The oak barrels used might as well have been unused by the Whisky distiller as it plays little into the aroma and flavour. A very likeable brew, but not an overly complex brew. (50cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (8003) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget, bought in February 2012. Best before was Dec 2014. Hazy amber with a large head. The aroma was tart with oak, dried fruit and malt. Similar taste, also some whisky and more oak. Lively carbonation and with a medium carbonation. The tartness was a suprise, a bit too old bottle perhaps?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5006) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Poured with a small head. First flavours where apple and ginger followed by maltiness. Disguises its strength well. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
NosirIwont (2368) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle. 9.0%. Bottle No. 02083. Best before end 2014. Pours a hazy, deep amber/light red with a light tan head. Bit of lacing. Tart, almost sour, fruity aroma; almost lambic-like. Notes of berries and faint strawberry. Malt as it warms. Flavour is fruity and feels bit fat. Remote hops in the background. Bitter, slightly tart, wooden finish with a distinct whisky note. Lingering grassy note and a mild alcohol burn. Too much carbonation. Overall okay as such, but with some flaws; the tart/sourness feels misplaced (is it eve nsupossed to be like that?) and the high carbonation is a distraction. 12.03.14.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2014
(Bottle) Dark amber colour with huge, foamy off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of caramel, oak wood, honey, vanilla, dried fruit and hints of roasted nuts. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, dried fruit, oak wood, honey, nuts, toffee, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) and a balanced spicy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain sweetness. Fairly sharp carbonation. Quite a gentle whisky character (well, Auchentoshan is quite gentle), but with lots of oak wood and a slightly peculiar bretty touch. Interesting, not the best special version from Fuller’s, but quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6853) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
500ml Bottle - Copper/dark amber in colour. Dried fruit, leather, caramel, whisky and some musty notes in the aroma. Fruity, rich, malty and warming taste with notes of whisky, vinous fruits, oak and caramel. Rich and one to sip. I have to say that I preferred the first two editions of this series, but this one isn’t bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (6539) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2013
500ml bottle [#04610]. Clear copper colour with average to huge, foamy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Floral and herbal aroma, cautious hints of fruit, a soapy touch. Taste is minimally sweet malty, floral notes, hints of toffee and mint, in the finish hints of the whisky, a dry woody touch; effervescent carbonation. Too strong carbonation prevents a better degustation of probably present flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1604) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle #08373. Deep copper color, off-white head. Raisins and floral notes in the aroma. Cognac-like finish (whisky barrels, I know!) that lingers with an oily mouthfeel. Strange "Fisherman's Friend" vibe throughout. Full body, medium-high carbonation. Not as good as the previous iterations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (16524) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle. A gusher, producing a clear, dark golden to amber body and a big, collapsing, off-white head. Some brett on the nose, with hints of fruit-caramel. Quite sourish flavor with fruit caramel and a brett touch. Full-bodied, dry and effervescent, finishing with some bitterness. A disappointing one, at least compared to what I expect from Fuller’s, but it seems there’s a little infection going on, would be interesting to taste a good bottle. 121116

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2013
500ml bottle from a fellow Siebel student, thanks Tim! Bottle #2977. Pours a cloudy amber colored body with an inch thick, fizzy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a lot of whiskey and wood up front with a nice caramel and toffee malt sweetness, a good amount of sharp fruits, light notes of vanilla, and a light spicing. Flavor is similar. Lots of wood with a bunch of whiskey, but sweet enough from the caramel and toffee to balance. A good amount of sharper fruits with a light vanilla, touches of spice, and a light funk note coming on. Finishes dry and woody with a good amount of fruits and a light sweetness. Lots of lively bubbles with an effervescent carbonation and a lengthy aftertaste following a medium body. Overall, a pretty solid beer. A bit too highly carbonated and not quite up to the other two I’ve tried in this series, but enjoyable nonetheless. Good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2013
Nice amber beer with a medium beige head. A bit smokey, fudge, vinegar, woody, vanilla and whieskey aroma. Similar flavour :-)

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