Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve No 1 Oak Aged Ale Single Malt

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Bottle conditioned.
By the time it was released in 2008, this Brewer’s Reserve had spent 500 days in 30-year-old single malt casks. Brewed to 7.7% ABV, it is a strong ale with hop bitterness and tangy marmalade notes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (17085) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
Bottled (BBE 2011, #11904). Deep clear amber color, small steady off-white head. Malts, berries and hints of whisky in the nose. Medium-bodied. Malty, some hops, sweetish, whisky is dominating the flavor. I am not a big whisky fan, to the fans this should be more delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandman (2933) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
500 ml bottle. Dark amber, pale yellow head. Aroma is rich with hops, sweet caramel and hint of fudge. Flavor has some rostedness, dry sense of whisky and some hops. Very complex rich flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 9, 2009
Bottle, 500ml. Pours translucent tangerine/dark copper, with quickly disappearing off-white head. Aroma of citrus-peel, with fruity notes. Tangy on the palate, hiding the alcohol well, and well balanced. Lacking in character overall though - I think a little aging could work wonders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 5, 2009
(Bottled) Clear, deep copper with a large, slightly tanned head. Aroma of dry, lightly roasted malt with vanilla and calvados - but not really whisky. Smoothly malty, dryish and oaky flavor with subtle vanilla, sourish apple, and some toffee-malty sweetness in the finish. No alcohol present. Medium, slicky body with silky-smooth carbonation. An enjoyable strong ale with oak aging bringing in subtle calvados and vanilla oakiness, but nothing too overpowering. Easy to sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9881) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
Very good off-white head, bit fluffy and reasonably stable, over amber-orange beer with slight mossy shine. Soft almonds nose, alcohol and lots of fusels - immediately striking as very complex. Later parsley aroma and vinous, as fruit on wine. Gives some unexpected reminiscenses of the better Californian oak-aged beers. BItter, slightly toasted caramel, vying with heavy alcohol & fusel notes; whisky now very obvious. Every sip starts winey, before getting more woody-bitterish. Very burning MF, lots of alcoholwarming. Quite slick, but not much more than medium bodied impression. A bit harsh - probably better after more bottle-aging, but already a truly great beer. Hurray for Jezza Patrick!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
Tried at the brewery with huge thanks to Paul. Bugger all of this left around so i was glad to try this! Touch of whisky on the nose but comes through in the flavour better, goes amazingly well with the fullers orangeyness....not to much whisky just enough! great beer and i’m surprised at some of the other ratings! Apparently it does get better as it ages though

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ [ Chris O’s pre NYE Tasting ].[ Bottle # 54 ].
[ Courtesy of chriso ]. Clear light to medium orange amber color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, light to moderate hoppy, orange, soap, whisky, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft and sticky. [20081230]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle # 07581. It is dark amber/bronze with a huge, creamy head. The aroma has notes of malt, oak, vanilla and caramel. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of malt, caramel, oak, whisky, alcohol and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Bottle # 11555. Pours a clear warm amber golden with a handsome off-white head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Medium body, sweetish caramel and fruit with a distinct oaky touch. Some alcohol in the finish. Decent alright if not exactly thrilling. 280209

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16889) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle, kindly provided by KnutAlbert. (Brewers Reserve Oak Aged) It pours an almost clear, body, dark golden in color and topped by a nice off-white head. Slightly milky-sour aroma with a little alcohol, some oak and whisky. Full-bodied and warming with a little sourish touch. Alcohol, malty sweetness and some oaky flavors. Didn’t ring my bell at all, actually it wasn’t far from bad. 500 days on oak seems to be too much, at least for this one. Wouldn’t shy away from another sample though. (081215)

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