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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4972) - 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) - Woodridge, 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 (145) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11249) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, wood, brett, malt. Flavour is fruit, wood, brett, malt, alcohol, dried fruits. Full bodied nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8947) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
This is big cognac and wood. Big soapy white head on light brown. Boozy. Decent drinkability and smooth, but hard to share as people wanted hops. Think it will be mellower in a few short years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
bottle # 30102 - pours a lightly hazed copper-red ale in the glass with a tight 2 finger cap which reduces to a surface lace. Pungent aroma is a glorious concoction of brandy grape skins, smoked oak and dark fruitiness from the ale and a sweet caramel malt tone. Medium bodied slick mouth feel. Flavour is simply a blast of brandied fruit riding on a sweet malt fomite - light undeveloped complexity in the mid palate will probably improve with some time in the cellar - finish is long and rich with the brandy/oak tones giving way to a more earthy malty fruitness of the ale. This is a powerful ale in nose and palate with substantial fusel strength - very good to sip with a cigar or dessert, but a few more months in the cellar will bring everything together well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle from Lakenheath, drank at Beautiful Beers. Nice boozy aroma without being stupid. Cherries, grapes and chocolate flavors, leans towards the malty side of things. Does not drink as heavy as it is. Great beer that can only get better with several years under its belt. Very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1146) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle from LCBO. Pours clear ruby red with a big head. Aroma of plums and other dark fruits. Taste: grapes, raisins, spruce. Quite sweet (not in a bad way). It’s like a lighter version of a port, with some hops in it. Very tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (5900) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottled 500ml. -from E.Leclerc Ljubljana. Bottle No. 03288. Clear amber coloured, small to medium sized off-white head, hint of plums in the nose. Strong malty, alcoholic and light caramel with notes of wood, dried fruits and plums. Surprisingly smooth, but...there’s always but...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3351) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2013
good head sizy ruby red pour medium carbonation aromas cinnamon cherry rich fruit yeast vanilla cognac dark fruit caramel the flavours cherry spice cinnamon nutmeg grape red type tawny port taste vanilla oaky touch syrup fairly rich ale finish sort of needs aging alright seems rich too green in taste rich tawny taste fruit certainly would be good in the future


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