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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8255) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle at the Hung Drawn and Quartered, London, 20th October 2012 on The Thames Tipple, now well into London and running out of pubs fast, we were also in company of Ang A bit pricey at £7.75 a bottle however its a decent sized bottle so good for sharing and to be fair its a damn good beer. Loads of dark sugars, nice warmth from the alcohol, some sweet orange flavours and whilst I am not really knowledgeable about Armagnac I could tell that it’s influence could be felt. Thoroughly enjoyable beer, and proof that Fullers can really knock out some good stuff when they put their mind to it, however I actually don’t mind Fullers, I know they have their critics but I don’t mind them at all. A7 A5 T8 P4 Ov15 3.9


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6884) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1584) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3270) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Sample, brown bottle, number 26,721, from and with Mike Perkins (thank you!), savoured in October 2014; eye: coppery, clear, slight effervescence, tiny ring of khaki head, no lacing; nose: malt, grain, banana, light alcohol; mouth: malt, grain, banana, light alcohol, finale in banana with presence of malt, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille brune, numéro 26 721, meilleure avant 2022, de et avec Mike Perkins (thank you!), savourée en octobre 2014; œil : cuivrée, limpide, très légère effervescence, petit anneau de mousse kaki, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, grain, banane, léger alcool; bouche : malt, grain, banane, léger alcool, finale en banane avec présence de malt, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2015
Bright amber, coarse low top. Dry, fruit-cake fruity. Some nuts and malt drops. Predominant barrel notes, yet quite soft in the mouth. [Bottle from the brewery, enjoyed at home]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2753) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear copper colour with moderate-sized cream-coloured head. Aroma is quite woody with caramel, cherries, baked apples and earthiness. Flavour is full of oakiness, fair amount of dark fruit, including cherry, stewed green apple, hints of caramel and vanilla, as well as a little earthiness. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dxbrad (20) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Deep honey, chocolate aroma. Pours dark amber with a foamy, bubbling which has the hint of sweetness from the armagnac oak casks . Has a heady oaked flavour, malty, caramel, and that armagnac returns at the end. Triumphant!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2246) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
500ml bottle, #09162. Pours a brilliant deep gold, with an off-white head. Spicy, complex, malty aroma, wood, vanilla, citrus, caramel, floral notes, brandy, lightly toasted notes. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Spicy, complex, woody taste, vanilla, brandy, caramel, orange peel, yeast, hops. Very well balanced, subtle rather than powerful. Elegant. Well done again, Mr Keeling. (2014-12-23

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
[6189-20140226] Bottle. Mild fruity and woody applesauce aroma. Clear, orange amber body with foamy white head. Bitter grainy fruit malt flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/6/3/13) 3.1

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (3085) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from Fuller’s website. This copper coloured beer pours with a large foamy head. It has deep, rich red fruit and currant flavours, vanilla notes and Armagnac on the fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2688) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
Pours clear orange with a moderate fizzy white top. Aroma is sweetness from the oak barrels and small bittering hops. Taste is carbonated, not the normal smooth velvet mouthfeel I have come to expect from Fullers. Nice sweetness and dry mouthfeel from the barrels and earthy cereal malts.


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