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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: 183   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25661) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
Bottle at yespr. Clear orange coloured with a huge off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel with notes of hops, dried fruits and oak. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of armagnac. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34023) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 27, 2013
Bottled. An amber beer with a yellowish head. The aroma has notes of wood, alcohol, armagnac, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of candy sugar, alcohol, wood, armagnac, malt, and caramel, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear amber with a dense and lacing off-white head. Caramel and sweet liqueur in the nose. Rich, sweet caramel body, lightly oxidized woody with a boozy finish. Rich and pleasant if not overly sophisticated. 270413

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39991) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 27, 2013
50 cl bottle, #27018. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, wooden and caramelish. Bitter, toffee malty, fruity and caramelish. Mild sweet and toasted. Light bitter and smooth caramelish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13854) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Pours shiny copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is floral, grapey and perhaps oaky. Nice, very nice, aroma. Med body. It’s very, very smooth. There’s a definite brandy character, heat in the tummy, mild roast malt and some floral. Extremely tasty. Brilliant ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (737) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2013
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Pours clear reddish copper with a huge frothy head that diminishes slowly; a white layer stays on the surface. Pretty ideal appearance for a beer, in my opinion. Aroma has maltiness, dried British-style fruitiness and notes of berries and toffee, even some vanilla - nice but not as as strong as in strong Belgian ales. Taste is sweet but surprisingly has also sour elements. Some dry and bitter notes in the finish but hops are not what this ale is about. Maltiness and fruitiness are strong, flavours of caramel, vanilla, toffee, dried fruits, berries. Taste is both rich and complex - very nice! The palate is full bodied, sticky and smooth. This was an excellent beer, one of the best I’ve had from Fuller’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (5246) - FINLAND - APR 11, 2013
Bottle. Dark copper clear. Fruity congac/brandy (armagnac, I presume) with oaky tones on nose. Herbal, almost mediacal hoppyness. Body is soft and full, a bit over carbonated IMO. Has hoppyness and soft malts. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 10, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2012, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, plum, dark - dried fruit, alcohol, dried fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, alcohol, fruity, dried fruit, riped fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20120807]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (9827) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle @Home. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, oak, sweet fruity, light alcohol. Flavor is malt, caramel, wood, fruit, booze. Medium body, lively carbonation, some alcohol in the finish. 230313

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10029) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle:Clear, reddish-amber coloured, big loose off-white head - pretty quickly collapsing, quite solid aromas of dried fruits, old wine, caramel and a touch of wood plus - maybe - smoke; moderate to solid sweet flavour, some bitterness detectable, full bodied; sweet vinous finish, with an alcoholic- brandy-like tart touch. Nice and complex…

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