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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: 183   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeverszeuge (643) - - NOV 12, 2012
# 3162 ersma: die vierte edition, diesmal ist das bier 365 tage in armagnac-fässern gereift, in denen vsop comte de lauvia gelagert hatte. der geruch ist süßlich mit viel karamell. dazu vanille, birne und geröstete nüsse. der antrunk ist sehr perlig, schon nach dem öffnen kroch der schaum langsam aus der flasche. aromen von röstmalz, karamell, pflaume, vanille und etwas hopfen. die mitte wird leicht herber, hier kommt auch die fass-süße des armagnacs hervor. dazu fruchtige anflüge. der abgang ist noch etwas herber und leicht bitter. eine leichte kräuternote kontrastiert hier mit der karamellsüße, auch etwas apfelfindet sich. langer nachhall. fazit: der zu hohe co2-gehalt stört etwas. ansonsten bringt das bier immer neue aromawendungen. gerade das ist einerseits spannend und verleiht dem bier auch seinen reiz, andererseits wirkt das fast schon ein wenig hektisch. durch längere reifezeit im keller wird sich das wohl beruhigen, so dass dann ein wirklich rundes bier entsteht. schon jetzt ist es probierenswert, wenn auch das schwächste der reihe. 11,10,11,11,15,11 - 11,05 - 4/11/12

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3359) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Massive fruity nose, berries, light brown sugar, crushed flowers. Medium copper color. Moderate roasty initial, light sweet malt, sugary sweet, some good barrel notes, and it fades in finish. Medium body. Great nose, but the flavors, while pleasant, don’t quite match up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Brown with orange tints, hazy, with a pretty head. Nose of grapes, caramel, wood. Fragrant and fruity. Nice brandy flavor, some caramel and wood, very fruity. Soft palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5744) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2016
500ml bottle at home in Richmond. As ’Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Edition No 4 Oak Aged Ale Armagnac’, 8.5%, #33090, 2012 vintage. Dark orange brown, clear, highly sparkling, bubbly head lasts a couple of minutes. Aroma is damp wood, cognac sweetness, toffee, vanilla, some copper. Gets sweeter over time. Body is smooth with tingly carbonation. Taste is woody and dry, toffee, cognac, demerara, dates, spicy finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4485) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Thanks Alberto! Warm tan-copper, small cream head. Sweet, boozy aroma. Soft vanilla-oak, banana liqueur. Bright body, very carbonated, very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2058) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle 0.5l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Thank ypu ippopotamo36 for this aged bottle.Grazie.Pour it hazy amber color with small white head.Aroma liquorice. Taste of vanilla, brandy really present, wodden barrel present, some fruits,apple, pear, sweet and bitter finish.Ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (1583) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
At the Belgrade-Serbia tasting on 31/10/2015. Bottle purchased in 2012 in Slovenia and aged in a cellar in Kosovo. Pours an hazy tobacco leaf color, medium ivory head. Nose: cherries, sour notes here and there, cognac, vanilla. Mouth: vanilla, cognac, peers, molasses, a bit over-carbonated but not gassy, bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trombi92 (4) - ITALY - AUG 7, 2015 does not count
Bottle. Aroma: caramel, alcohol, woody. Appearance: amber coloured beer, beige head. Taste: medium sweetness, barrel notes. Palate: full body, long finish. Drinkable despite its complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6629) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
500ml Bottle - Copper in colour. Raisins, brandy, blackcurrant and mince pies in the aroma. Rich, warming, vinous and fruity taste with notes of brandy, caramel, apple and spice. Easy to drink despite its richness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7725) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
(Bottle) Amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit, apricots, orange peel, dark bread, honey, oak wood, vanilla, a touch of chocolate and earthy aromas of armagnac. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, apricots, dark bread, nuts, orange peel, a touch of chocolate, spicy hints of cinnamon and vanilla, and a warming touch of armagnac in a finish with a balanced bitterness. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Tasty and interesting, with a distinct armagnac character, that stay well balanced throughout. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2388) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2015
500ml bottle. Brown amber colour, beige foam head and aroma of malt, treacle, spice, raisins, booze. Flavour is sweet malty, toffee, caramel, treacle, dried fruit, raisins with woody oak, nutty and earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, malty oaky finish. Quite drinkable.

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