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

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


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (6534) - 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 (3374) - 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 (6471) - Wanne-Eickel, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (6502) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2013
Deep dark amber-brown in colour with a steady head and smooth body. The bottle and the cartonage is really special, just to mention. The beer has a nose of hops and malt. Taste of spicy hops, white pepper, thyme, rosmary, peaches, strong alcohol, nuts and there is some gentle whiskey/wooden cask hint in the background. It was nice haven drunken such a special and limited beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Ruby highlighted pour. Big off white head that falls fast. Not much lacing. Nice malty aroma with hints of wood. Slight acetic note, but barely. Bit boozy in the back. Some sweetness. Decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (10658) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2013
2 x 500 ml bottle. #15626 and #30924. BBE 2022. Courtesy of Brandman. HHOK XIII.
Slightly cloudy red colour with small white head. Mild berries, some sweetness and mild bitterness in the aroma. Something nice, something quite unpleasant in the aroma. The flavour is caramel malt, mild berry bitterness, mild acidity, rosebud and mild hops. Fizzy. Not that nice, too sweet. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brandman (2850) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Clear copper body, whiteish head. Aroma has sweet malts, some perries, bit sourness. Sweet malts, nuts, alcohol, very acidic, very tanninic, leaves oaked perry cider taste. Well carbonated. Very intense, really aromatic, but bit off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (3559) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber with a short lived head. Aroma is dark fruit and vino. Flavour is strong fruit, texture is thin. Finish has the warm glow of spirits leading to a sharp palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8436) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2013
Amber coloured and clear. Has a white head, medium duration. Sweet aroma, mellow and sharp notes from the cask of armagnac, different from other types of casks, a bit astringent. Flavor starts sweet, then some spicy alcohol notes. Warming alcohol. Dry texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (6136) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2013
sweet armagnac aroma,golden, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, lively, light bitter finish.

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