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

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (6025) - 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 (3385) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6543) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle 26295 , 500 ml
Aroma: fruity berry barrel treatment , hint of spruce, vanilla and alcohol. Sweeter sides.
Look: clear amber base with medium thick creamy cap. Good longevity. Rings on glass. 4-
Taste: medium full bodied. Bold caramel fig like front. Brown sugars with vanilla side. Plenty of dried fig in there. Tad thin on sides. Touch of cola elements. Decent but Fullers can do better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17917) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak woody armagnac aroma. Fruity malty woody caramel flavor with hints of armagnac. Has a fruity malty woody caramel and armagnac finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2866) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2013
Fra flaske på Tap1 mai-13: litt for kald, men det skjuler ikke det faktum at dette er et godtøl fra øverste hylle. Kommer jeg over denne i butikk skal der handles sporenstreks! 10 cl av denne ga et nytt koordinat å navigere etter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (6153) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
50 cl bottle @ lusikka. Bottle no. 20837, BBE 2022
Aroma is sweetish with toffee, some caramel, vanilla and hints of biscuits. Flavour has toffee, some vanilla and english hops. Alcohol tries to come through on some sips, but it doesn’t disturb much. Too English for me. Actually I find it hard to find any Armagnac or barrel here – feels like a typical English strong. Perhaps some vanilla notes at the end of the glass.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6690) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Pours dark red color with a small rapidly dissipating head. Quite rich aroma, berries, some mild glue-like alcohol, wood, resiny hops, caramel malts and wood. Flavor of caramel malts, mild berry notes, sweetish sugary fruits and wood.
4324

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber copper colour with a white foamy head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel, hay and citrus. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, berries, caramel, hay, alcohol, metallic notes and grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a grassy malty finish with some alcohol. Barrel seems to have left some traces from it but it doesn’t accompany the flavour at all. The result is a strong alcohol-driven English Strong Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiong (4079) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
500ml bottle

Pours clear reddish brown with a foamy white head. Aroma of berries, stingy notes, hints of malts, wood, glue and alcohol. Taste is malty and sweetish with notes of berries, wood, hints of vinous cognac. Finish is malty, sweet, vinous and wooden with metallic notes and hints of berries. Doesn’t feel very balanced, the armagnac notes dominate a bit too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3178) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2013
Caramel colour, white head. Aroma of malts, apple, caramel and mint. Malty sweet flavour, alcohol and caramel. Alcoholic finish, mlats, cognac, caramel and light wood.
From 50cL bottle @ ZZT VII, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, Drebus!)


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