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Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve No 4 Oak Aged Ale Armagnac

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

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The fourth incarnation of Brewer’s Reserve spent a year in the Fuller’s cellar in rare Comte de Lauvia Armagnac casks from the Bas region of France. The beer is infused with brandy characteristics, with distinctive notes of vanilla, green apple and cinnamon, a solid malt base and velvety alcohol warmth.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3588) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Wine barrels, oak, wood, light and dry tartness, undefined dried fruits, maybe apple. Clear brown, massive frothy and lightly creamy, beige head. Light, dry sweet. Dry sweetness continues, wood, some cognac (or armagnac probably in this case), alcohol, more dry liquor, maybe some dry apple schnapps, toasted malts, lively carbonation. Very interesting ESA, very complex, great aroma and taste, not overly sweet, nice touch from the armagnac barrel ageing. Bottle from The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (804) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Punertavanruskea kirkas, todella vahvasti vaahtoava olut. Vaaleanbeige vaahto häviää kuitenkin kohtalaisen nopeasti suurimmalta osin ja pinnalle jää vain puolen sentin vaahtokerros. Tuoksussa havaittavissa heti armanjakkitynnyrin aikaansaannos. Kivasti tamminen ja vaniljainen tuoksu, jossa lisäksi hedelmäisyyttä, varsinkin omenaa ja päärynää sekä karamellisuutta. Maussa hieno kokonaisuus, jossa ensin esillä tynnyrikypsytyksen ansiosta brandymäisyyttä. Sitten omenaista happamuutta ja hieman makeahkoa karamellisuutta. Keskitäyteläinen suutuntuma ja hieno kokonaisuus! Plussaa hienosta boksista ja sinetöidystä sekä numeroidusta pullosta. Nro 01012.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Massive fruity nose, berries, light brown sugar, crushed flowers. Medium copper color. Moderate roasty initial, light sweet malt, sugary sweet, some good barrel notes, and it fades in finish. Medium body. Great nose, but the flavors, while pleasant, don’t quite match up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Brown with orange tints, hazy, with a pretty head. Nose of grapes, caramel, wood. Fragrant and fruity. Nice brandy flavor, some caramel and wood, very fruity. Soft palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6363) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2016
500ml bottle at home in Richmond. As ’Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Edition No 4 Oak Aged Ale Armagnac’, 8.5%, #33090, 2012 vintage. Dark orange brown, clear, highly sparkling, bubbly head lasts a couple of minutes. Aroma is damp wood, cognac sweetness, toffee, vanilla, some copper. Gets sweeter over time. Body is smooth with tingly carbonation. Taste is woody and dry, toffee, cognac, demerara, dates, spicy finish. Pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4633) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Thanks Alberto! Warm tan-copper, small cream head. Sweet, boozy aroma. Soft vanilla-oak, banana liqueur. Bright body, very carbonated, very delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2396) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle 0.5l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Thank ypu ippopotamo36 for this aged bottle.Grazie.Pour it hazy amber color with small white head.Aroma liquorice. Taste of vanilla, brandy really present, wodden barrel present, some fruits,apple, pear, sweet and bitter finish.Ok

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (1668) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
At the Belgrade-Serbia tasting on 31/10/2015. Bottle purchased in 2012 in Slovenia and aged in a cellar in Kosovo. Pours an hazy tobacco leaf color, medium ivory head. Nose: cherries, sour notes here and there, cognac, vanilla. Mouth: vanilla, cognac, peers, molasses, a bit over-carbonated but not gassy, bitter dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trombi92 (4) - ITALY - AUG 7, 2015 does not count
Bottle. Aroma: caramel, alcohol, woody. Appearance: amber coloured beer, beige head. Taste: medium sweetness, barrel notes. Palate: full body, long finish. Drinkable despite its complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6809) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
500ml Bottle - Copper in colour. Raisins, brandy, blackcurrant and mince pies in the aroma. Rich, warming, vinous and fruity taste with notes of brandy, caramel, apple and spice. Easy to drink despite its richness.


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