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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4107) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2013
Bottled. Pours clear amber with a large, lacing off-white head. Aroma of caramel, wood and armagnac notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with bitter notes. Medium bodied,oily text.and soft carb. A nice ale indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CarlJonas (231) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2013
Amber colour, big, long-lasting off white head. Sherry aroma. Taste is quite sherrylike as well, dry but sweet with some sour notes and alcohol. Mid-low carbonation, quite rich mouthfeel. This really comes down to how much you like sherry and/or brandy I guess, since the taste is rather vineous and boozy. I quite like though.

   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 (1254) - 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 (2905) - 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 (763) - 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 (7268) - 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 (12570) - 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 (3722) - 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.

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