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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from the brewery shop. Balanced, surprisingly soft. MAlty, robust, clear character from the wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2812) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2014
Pours ruby copper with a quickly fading head. Nose shows sherry, sweet golden syrup and toffee, raisins, soft woody notes with a hint of vanilla and some soft booze. Similar flavours at first with more port, raisins and golden syrup. Some of the oak transfers through along with some slight boozy, drier armagnac. Carbonation is excessive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2014
Malt, brød , træ, fad , vanille , rødlig, Hvidt skum, blød, medium, tøv, let jord. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
2014-02-26. Crisp dark amber brown, nice foamy beige head fades. 3+ Aroma is lightly woody and moderately alcoholic. Flavour is sweetly malty and lightly sugary up front. Fruity notes through the middle, whisper of vanilla grows into a woody character in the finish. Finishes relatively dry and alcoholic, what I presume to be Armagnac but I am not familiar enough with that to say for sure. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Okay, the barrel aging is not particularly to my own tastes. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bjakk (718) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - FEB 19, 2014
Sour, oak fruit orange, apricot in the aroma. Sour, orange raisins oak, alcohol, bitterness in the aftertaste with raisins and alcohol. Medium body high in bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
back (1855) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Rødgylden klar skum hvide lidt Træ malt alc bær vanilje Bitter lidt sød moderate Olie flad @home

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (2262) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2014
Aroma: Smelling of bread, apple, sherry, oak and vanilla.
Appearance: A clear chestnut colored beer. A high fizzy off-white head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting bread, sherry, raisins and vanilla oak.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft texture. A medium body with a dry finish.
Overall: Good, but a bit thin.
Note: Bottle 500 ml at home. Reviewed 2014-01-02.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle from Slowbeer. Aromas of cognac, cherries, peach, grain. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2013
from Mondial de la Bière 2013, Mulhouse - dark and clear amber beer with no foam; aroma of apple, woodand caramel, perfumy, hugely carbonated; some sweetness and a solid tart bitterness; decently dry and with long woody notes and more hints of apples and pears in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, bottle #26770, served in a stem glass. Pours clear copper with a moderate tan head that fades to a ring of bubbles and leaves a trace of lace. On the nose, there are notes of caramel malts, oak, figs, cocoa, toffee and a subtle hint of English hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with hints of molasses, raisins, figs and vanilla. Oak is present in the background, along with subtle English hops. The finish is long and malty with oak, cocoa, fruit and subtle English hops. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice barrel-aged English ale. The barrel notes complement the base beer well and enhance its complexity. Well done. 2013-06-15

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