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

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

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
cask, occasional. Bottled. Aged in Compte De Lauvia 1990 vintage Armagnac barrels


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2014
Pours ruby copper with a quickly fading head. Nose shows sherry, sweet golden syrup and toffee, raisins, soft woody notes with a hint of vanilla and some soft booze. Similar flavours at first with more port, raisins and golden syrup. Some of the oak transfers through along with some slight boozy, drier armagnac. Carbonation is excessive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2014
Malt, brød , træ, fad , vanille , rødlig, Hvidt skum, blød, medium, tøv, let jord. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
2014-02-26. Crisp dark amber brown, nice foamy beige head fades. 3+ Aroma is lightly woody and moderately alcoholic. Flavour is sweetly malty and lightly sugary up front. Fruity notes through the middle, whisper of vanilla grows into a woody character in the finish. Finishes relatively dry and alcoholic, what I presume to be Armagnac but I am not familiar enough with that to say for sure. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Okay, the barrel aging is not particularly to my own tastes. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bjakk (241) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - FEB 19, 2014
Sour, oak fruit orange, apricot in the aroma. Sour, orange raisins oak, alcohol, bitterness in the aftertaste with raisins and alcohol. Medium body high in bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
back (1218) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Rødgylden klar skum hvide lidt Træ malt alc bær vanilje Bitter lidt sød moderate Olie flad @home

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1085) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2014
Aroma: Smelling of bread, apple, sherry, oak and vanilla.
Appearance: A clear chestnut colored beer. A high fizzy off-white head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting bread, sherry, raisins and vanilla oak.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft texture. A medium body with a dry finish.
Overall: Good, but a bit thin.
Note: Bottle 500 ml at home. Reviewed 2014-01-02.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle from Slowbeer. Aromas of cognac, cherries, peach, grain. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2013
from Mondial de la Bière 2013, Mulhouse - dark and clear amber beer with no foam; aroma of apple, woodand caramel, perfumy, hugely carbonated; some sweetness and a solid tart bitterness; decently dry and with long woody notes and more hints of apples and pears in the finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, bottle #26770, served in a stem glass. Pours clear copper with a moderate tan head that fades to a ring of bubbles and leaves a trace of lace. On the nose, there are notes of caramel malts, oak, figs, cocoa, toffee and a subtle hint of English hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with hints of molasses, raisins, figs and vanilla. Oak is present in the background, along with subtle English hops. The finish is long and malty with oak, cocoa, fruit and subtle English hops. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice barrel-aged English ale. The barrel notes complement the base beer well and enhance its complexity. Well done. 2013-06-15

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2119) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
Got this from the LCBO a while back. Comes in a nice Fuller’s box. Bottle No. 25926 with a seal over the cap. Pours a clean rich amber colour with a big frothy warm head, great retention and some foamy patch lacing. Lots of apples in the nose, with some butterscotch and light coffee. Flavours of raisins, watery caramel and hints of hops in the finish. Very mild sourness is felt in the aromas, and plums and molasses do appear with time. Armagnac is minimal but blends well with the beer. Not as complex as expected, but alcohol is well-hidden.


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