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Fullerís Brewerís Reserve No 4 Oak Aged Ale Armagnac

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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%
The fourth incarnation of Brewerís Reserve spent a year in the Fullerís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5563) - 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 (6719) - 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 (11120) - TromsÝ, 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, TromsÝ 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erasmus_ro (2505) - Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle #31681. Pours a dark amber with a medium, off-white had. Aroma is supercharged with pear, sweet pears and pear soda or candy. Caramel, light toffee and light butter. Later settles down to a load of oak, caramel and orange marmalade. Taste is quite dry with the oak dominating. Caramel is strong as well. Armagnac comes on strong on the finish along with grapes, dark fruit, dried fig and date. Light sour. Palate is medium, a bit sticky, not much carbonation. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle 500ml #01292 @ Geokkjer
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits, berries, brett, oak and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long fruity, caramel, oak, warm finish. Body is

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7331) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sour berries, some brettish notes, oak and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, berries, caramel and slightly brettish. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. A big, dense, off-white head forms over a clear, dark amber body. Lightly brett-ish aroma with some boozy hints, dried fruits, berries and a toffee hint. Really wonderful. Thereís some warmth on the palate, itís full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated, with flavors of toffee, booze, dried fruits, berries and a generic fruityness. Some apricot notes. Lasting finish with a lovely touch of the booze. Some vanilla pulls down the score a bit, I donít care too much for that in mye beers, especially in the paler beers. Anyway, itís a really nice brew. 130504

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Japalo (1832) - DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle@home. Warming up for CBC 2013. Clear cognac colour. Small head. Cask stale odeur with a strong alcoholic phenol feeling. Rather short finish. I expected more complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5527) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle, rated from backlog. Copper colored with small off white head. Aroma fruity, herbs, congac with oaky tones on nose. Taste about the same, very pleasant.

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