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


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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3963) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2013
50cl bottle. No 20172., BBE end 2022.. Poured copper color with a creamy, white head. Aroma has toffee, oak, cognac and vanilla. Flavor has toffee, caramel, cognac, vanilla and woody notes. sweetish fruity finish, quite boozy. Decent, but guessing it will taste better in a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (3072) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle (nr: 16955). Clear dark amber beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity, oaky, vanilla aroma. Fruity, spicy, oaky, armagnac, malty flavour with herbal notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (4541) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2013
(bottle) pours a clear deep amber colour with a small frothy off-white head. aroma of pineapple, light melted butter and caramel, slightly funky, with some herbal hops, cherries and dandelions. flavour is mostly the same, some light bretty funk, floral hops and summer fruit, very mellow, with a medium sweetness and big notes of bubble gum, alcohol is hardly detectable. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle 50 cl, BBE end of 2022. Pours clear ruby in color with a foamy off-white head. Fruity, notes of ripe fruits and wooden barrels armagnac kind of notes in aroma. Light vinous taste. Some spicyness as well in taste. No sign of the alcohol. Decent strong ale. Sweet ripe fruitiness in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4562) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep copper-hued amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Aroma is raisins, oak, vanilla, bubble gum, dark grape-like tones, hints of banana and subtle grassy hints. Taste is grains, Armagnac, caramel malts, hints of wood and subtle herbal touches. Very smooth. Soft carbonation, full body. A great sipper; crafty and delicious as most beers I get from Fuller’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2036) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
Smak och doft av malt, smörkola, torkad frukt, ekträ, vanilj. Vinsötma med en lätt beska som avslutning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GBZ59 (1188) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAR 5, 2013
Botella de 500ml (nº 27669). Copa de Vino. Saboreada en feb´12. Color ámbar rojizo y apariencia cristalina. La espuma, blanca y chispeante, genera una corona que se disipa con rapidez. En nariz, intensas fragancias de vainilla y canela, aromas de malta caramelo con notas sutiles de Brandy y alcohol azucarado. La entrada de malta tostada se redondea con sabores afrutados, de melazas y chocolate en polvo. Cuerpo medio/intenso y carbonatación moderada/suave. El amargor del intermedio equilibra las maltas y aporta sensaciones chispeantes, afrutadas y algo ácidas al paladar. Sutil calidez alcoholica. Final amargo y seco. Agradables notas que evocan al Brandy en el retrogusto. 500ml Bottle (#27669). Wine glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Reddish amber color. Clear appearance. Off-white & lively froth so head quickly dissipates. Intense vanilla & cinnamon fragrances, caramel malts, subtle brandy notes & sugary alcohol to the nose. Toasted malty upfront is touched by fruity, sugary & chocolate powder flavors. Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Bitterness in the middle balances malts & provides a fruity/tartar funny palate. Subtle warming alcohol. Dry bitter finish. Kind brandy-like heat on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5116) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2013
(Bottle, 0.5 l - no. 20128, from Alko Arkadia, 20130305) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had malts, banana, wood, cognac and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, banana, wood, fruitiness, sweetness and low bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, woody and bitter. Initially this beer was like a weizen aged in wood but quite soon the cognac-like flavours came forward. Towards the end the beer flavours became more and more hidden. Too unbalanced to be really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2421) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2013
Flaska från SB. Blommig och fruktig nektarsöt doft med drag av fat/ek, vanilj och knäck. Ganska komplex , men söt smak, perfekt dessertöl, ek, vanilj, knäck, liten vit sötvinstouch, honung/nektar och liten beska som är jästig och lite träig. Inte jättespännande men ändå ganska lyckad fatlagring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (5372) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2013
Flasche mit McTapps verköstigt. Für einen stolzen Preis kann man schon etwas erwarten und mit Abstrichen hält es dieses Bierchen auch. Aromen von Vanille erfüllen das Glas und eine gewisse Alkohollast im Hintergrund ist durchaus zu vernehmen. Ansonsten ist es leicht süßlich, süffig und ein feines Bierchen. Zur Spitzenklasse würde ich es dennoch nicht zählen, denn im Abschluss ist es auch mal etwas dumpf.

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