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

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


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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (4710) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 26, 2013
Ogi’s, from Slovenia. Yay! Poured a misty amber-brown body with a slightly off white head that went away slowly. Light šljivovica in the aroma, slightly malty. Empty taste, light, incredibly so considering it’s barrel aged and 8.5% Mostly empty, with notes of the liquor whose barrels it was in. And it kinda works, but not that much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hawthorne00 (3308) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Bright copper with a white head that lasts and laces well. Aroma of Armagnac, vanilla, prunes, orange rind, white pepper. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Dominated by Armagnac, which comes across as harsh and weedy. The grapiness and spirity feel of it overwhelms any Fullers layers of toffee things that _may_ be going on underneath and you get straight to vanilla, bitter oranges and oak. Too early? - but there’s no heat from the alcohol. Maybe the ’gnac will fade. As is, no good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14880) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle, 8.5%. Good fruity aroma. Clear amber colour. Small white head. The flavour is fruity with a good citric note, sweet, vanilla. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
@ZZT ’13 fles dankzij dutchdrebus, bruin en heldere kleur, ruikt en smaakt naar rood fruit, caramel, mout, smaakt hout,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (12328) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle shared by Dutchdrebus @ ZZT VII. Clear amber color, small off - white head. Smell and taste malts, grapes, lightly wood, caramel, a touch of sweet. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (9555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
Tasted at ZZT 7 thanks to DutchDrebus. Pours clear amber with. Small off white head. Aroma of Armagnac, grapes, toffee, malt, raisins. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5453) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle @ ZZT7. Clear orange to amber with a small beige head. Smells wood, fruity, spirit. Tastes sweetish, some caramel, wood, some glue. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6277) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2013
Sample from bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2013. Brown colour, moderate off-white head. Distinct aroma of fruit cake and fortified/oaked wine The flavour is not too sweet (surprisingly dry, actually), and has distinct notes of armagnac oak barrel. Decent hops in the finish. Will buy again when I can get a whole bottle, I expect I will have no problem finishing it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10620) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
500ml, no. 21713, bottle conditioned, from Fullers Brewery Shop. Noisy, off-white head, well retained, fragile lacing. Clear golden-brown coloured body. Cloudy last pour. Harmonic aroma of leafy hops, mid-sweet malts, and with the impact of wood and cellar. Comprehensive taste character of toffee-like malts and semi-tart grapes supported by fresh juicy fruits. Leafy bitter ending added by integrated alcohol. Excellent drinkability as always with the Fullers beers (at home, Tromsø 13.05.2013).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2013
The head is medium, the body brown and cloudy. It smells malty, a bit sour. The taste is a bit sour, malty, a bit fruity. 11/12/12/11/13/12

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