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

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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cask, occasional. Bottled. Aged in Compte De Lauvia 1990 vintage Armagnac barrels


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2263) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
Got this from the LCBO a while back. Comes in a nice Fuller’s box. Bottle No. 25926 with a seal over the cap. Pours a clean rich amber colour with a big frothy warm head, great retention and some foamy patch lacing. Lots of apples in the nose, with some butterscotch and light coffee. Flavours of raisins, watery caramel and hints of hops in the finish. Very mild sourness is felt in the aromas, and plums and molasses do appear with time. Armagnac is minimal but blends well with the beer. Not as complex as expected, but alcohol is well-hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1126) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle #19623. Deep, copper color, lasting off-white head. Rich banana aroma. Full, balanced flavor with more banana, cane sugar and oaky notes. Full body, medium-high carbonation. Nice. Much better than the previous reserves.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottled 500ml from Arkadia. Clear amber color, small steady off-white head. Malty, apple aroma but also similar cellary smell than in other Fullers Reserves had. Medium-bodied. Apple, armangnac is evident. Some barrel-like cellaryness. Fullers flavors: malts, toffee, some alcohol. I am not the biggest fan of this reserve series.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle 11257 from Maruhn, Darmstad
Amber color, possibly hazy, with medium head. Mild malt aroma, quite elegant, with hints of apple spirit (that would be calvados), therefore also light fruitiness. Smooth mouthfeel, highly carbonated, moderate malt and caramel flavor, with a hint of brandy; correct bitterness; at least, it doesn’t have the vegetables touch of the recent Vintage beers.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (533) - Genova, ITALY - NOV 17, 2013
Bottiglia 50cl (N° 1807), comprata da spirito di vino e bevuta a casa. Ambrata con bella schiuma. Corposa, alcolica, molto malto, molto liquorosa. Certamente non di facile beva, ma decisamente buona.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2013
500ml bottle (Brevinga BB, Riga)
Lovely fruity aroma. Sharp berries, red, blue, and black. Mahogany, persistent small off-white head. Very light palate, no sign of 8.5% from the feel. Later, more apricots in the aroma. Light breadiness, malts just a touch papery. Touch solvently later, alas. More toasty too, sweeter. Gentle dry earthy hoppy bite. Late finish has a slightly acidic hayey tingle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1305) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle #00998. Smell of armagnac. Copper colour, extreme beige head. Aroma of alcohol, toffee, armagnac, a faint of metal. Sweet. Flat carbon, rather oily.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4699) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar and light toffee notes is warming and interesting. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with a side of toffee with limited residuals sugar. Barrel-aging was not as apparent as I was expecting but provided a well-rounded aftertaste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the malt profile on this one but would have preferred a bit more from the barrel treatment.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Spirits boozy nose. Rich. Super easy off white head. Slick. Raisins, some light clove, some metallic. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (2561) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2013
Toller ale-typischer Geruch, dabei Holz und die Brandy-Note. der Antrunk ist vollmundig und nicht so spektakulär wie der Geruch. Zum Hauptteil sehr mild-weich-holzig mit angenehmer Armagnac-Note. Insgesamt aber sehr undpektakulär. Ein sehr tolles Bier, aber die Holzfassnote mit dem Armagnac ist nicht so umwerfend passend und deutlich. Der Nachgeschmack ist angenehm Ale-typisch und leicht süßlich-holzig. Mittellang mit leichter Herbe --> 12/12/13/12


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