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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: 184   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 28, 2013
Aroma: Wood, alcohol, brandy, caramel, raisins, cranberries, cinnamon, a lot of orange peel... Rich and complex. Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, oily texture, medium to big body. Taste: Tart, boozy, vinous, semi-sweet. Flavours of grape, orange, fig marmalade, pear. Good balance. Quite strong, though. Finish: Fruity, dry to semi-sweet. Overall: Another great recipe from Fullers. A must-try for strong Ale lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ej (1233) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2013
Clear, light brown with tints of amber with a bubbly, fully diminishing light tanned head. Rich cognac aroma with oak, vanilla, toffee and a light fruityness. Taste is relatively dry and bitter, with hints of cognac, dark fruits and light caramel/malts. Body is medium with close to high levels of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2013
Clear amber body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is dark fruit, oak, caramel. Flavour is caramel, fruit, oak, some tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchPls (758) - FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Clear, dark brown beer with a foamy white head. Sweet on the nose: fruits, syrup, a hint of sherry... Sweetness comes first in the flavors. Caramel, sherry, wood. Dry yet sweet. Foamy mouth feel, a little like sparkling wine. Medium body. You can sense some alcoholic warmth. This one is a really good one. Balanced and original. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle [500ml]. No. 26712. Pours a deep orange-amber with a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Aroma of wood foremost followed by caramel malt, dark fruit, vinous notes, vanilla and alcohol. Flavour is malty and woody along with dark fruit, alcohol, brown sugar and vanilla. Dry, slightly alcoholic finish. Average to medium bodied. It didn’t knock my socks off but it’s pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-König (2726) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2013
Geruch süßlich-malzig, cognacartig. Antrunk süß, malzig. Mitte Holz, Fassnoten und Malz. Abgang recht streng holzartig mit leichter Likör- bzw. Alkoholnote. Trocken-bitterer und etwas unangenehmer Nachgang. Hätte mehr erwartet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12276) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle. Deep amber color. Maltaroma with raisin, vanilla and vinous notes. Malty sweet flavor, alcoholiv with Armagnac and grapes. The signs of oak aging are loud and clearly present. Dry out effect in the aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3700) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO via my bro, served quite cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear mahogany with a full, rocky tan head. Aroma: Rich raisins and other dark dried fruits, boozy, plenty of wood, strong caramel/treacle notes, somewhat earthy and woodsy, a little tangy/vinous, dark bread crust, a bit of hazelnut and Sherry (oxidation?). Palate: Medium+ body, full, pillowy effervescence. Flav.: Plenty of dark dried fruit, lots of booze, assertive Armagnac/cask/wood character, cherries, big yet thin maltiness, stings a bit, Sherry notes, interesting if a bit aggressive; dry with moderate bitterness and a long, boozy, wood cask and Sherry finish.

Certainly a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heavy (2750) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 28, 2013
24/05 Another ogivlado’s Fuller’s, 0.5l, thanks for sharing! It poured almost clear brownish body with medium sized head. Decent hoppy aroma, herbal and papery with clearly separated alcoholic malty note. Slightly sour flavor, mostly fruity, malt is generally killed by alcoholic notes of barrel where it was aged, making it rather thin bodied with long warming finish. Also feels unbalanced and not particularly easy going, although showed some qualities, which proves this all could be done so much better. Oh Fuller’s...always fails with some fancy experiments. Yet, as I see here, people tend to appreciate it and actually prefer it over some wonderfully executed experiments by big (and less grand) names in craft beer world. Not bad as could sound, it still deserves 3.2 I gave it now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (11318) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from Super Best, Hellerup. Clear orange colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, malt, nuts, vanilla, oak and alcohol.

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