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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11242) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (2020) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (7254) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23355) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (4892) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8081) - 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.

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