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Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Edition No 4 Oak Aged Ale Armagnac

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (8809) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
500ml bottle from the brewery online shop. Bottle 23571. Pours clear red brown, thin white head. Aromas of stewed apples, Calvados, vanilla, wood. Mince pies. Taste is stone fruit and all of the above, plus marzipan. Medium body, long complex finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3077) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle #29838 - purchased at the LCBO in May 2013, in my "cellar" since then. Pours a mostly clear sunset-copper with a light tan head. Really lovely aroma that seems subtle, but has a lot going on when you look for it - armagnac (duh!), marzipan, figs, prunes, a slightly sour woodiness, and a bit of bitter orange peel. Flavour is a little less complex, starting with sweet caramel malt, with armagnac notes quickly following, some warming spice (clove, nutmeg), and finishing with bitter orange and some alcohol, although not as much as you might expect from an 8.5% beer. A very nice sipper that I spent most of an evening enjoying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle. Amber with white head. Aroma of caramel, fruity toffee and a little apple. Taste of caramel apple, oak. Little tangy and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9531) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is light toffee and caramel, taste is sweet, chewy, bitter, tangy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
bottle at home ... copper ... big tan bubbly head ... soft sweet berries... soft fruits ... juicy fruits ... light dry toffee roast ... tangy ... zety lemmon ... light sweet roast sugers ... dark malts ... and soft armagnac... interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (10771) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle - Sweet cherry and pale malts. Clear copper with a rich beige head. Sweet fruity caramel and oak notes. A bit fruity with some mellow barrel notes. Light and flavorful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBrawl (7) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2014 does not count
Sanslöst stor doft, sött, fatigt och en massa torkad frukt. Aprikoser å russin. Fyllde munnen på ett kladdigt och storartat sätt! Fan vad jag önskar att jag hade köpt en till av den här!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
This has a shot of sleek brandy nuances over the totally great alefruits and superb malting - not as forceful as Armagnac’s big cousin, Cognac and it suits well. Winey AND beery all at once, wow I have a full-on beer boner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle at a camping in the Czech Republic. Clear sunset pour, thick foamy off-white head. Aroma of apricot, peach, pineapple, some alcohol and slightly spicy. Flavor is very fruity, slightly bitter, slightly sweet and with a hint of sourness. Well balanced and with a thick body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Appearance: Clear copper/ruby with 2 finger thick beige head. Aroma: Toffee/golden syrup, herby, vinous, fig, woody, marzipan. Taste: Medium bitterness and sourness with low sourness. Palate: Medium thick texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, vinous, fruit cake, toffee finish with a lot of alcohol warmth and dryness. Comments: Lovely and glass lace. Bottle number 27950.

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