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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 177   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3324) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heavy (2270) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8266) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (760) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle @ døe øl smagning, 17 / 7 2013. Dark orange, small white head, not a lot of lacing. Aroma, malty, toffee, armagnac, fruity. Taste, malty, armagnac alcohol, toffee. Leaves warming mouth feel. Maybe a bit too much carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bax (1299) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
(bottle 17 /07-2013) Medium white head, clear orange, nice box, light fruity aroma, slightly wine taste, medium co2. Bottle #11541, BB date end 2022.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
dutchtuga (146) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2013
Just put an average ale in a Armagnac cask and this is what you get. Very poor and heartless ’special’ beer. Typical commercial.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Honymand (3) - - JUL 9, 2013 does not count
This ale is very well balanced even though it is 8.5% and oak-barrel aged. Smoke and vanilla are very well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2013
0.5 l bottle from Alko. Amber color. Tart fruity aroma with raisins, brandy, almonds. Sweetish, nutty and raisiny flavor with almonds, vanilla, oak and long brandy finish. Long complex taste, nice sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2013
500ml bottle with a fellow Siebel student, thanks Tim! Bottle #24995. Pours a clear, orange-gold colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty fruity with a nice caramel note, some wood, a pleasant brandy, and touches of vanilla. Flavor is similar. Fruity throughout with a moderately sweet caramel and toffee as well as a nice wood, brandy, and vanilla. Finishes dry, woody, and fruity with a nice sweetness and a light alcohol warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a very soft, creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer. A lot fruitier than I anticipated, but well balanced and very enjoyable. Good one.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ferit (176) - Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 Gekruiden geur. Kruiden drankje. Frisdrank. Waterig. Helaas kan ik niet meer noteren als deze rating. Dit komt doordat ik dit biertje te slecht vond om er meer over te kunnen noteren.


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