Fuller's Brewer's Reserve No 2 Oak Aged Ale Cognac

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Bottle conditioned - released in Autumn 2010. Also available on cask at GBBF 2010.
An oak-aged ale of real distinction. Twenty Courvoisier Cognac casks were used for Brewer’s Reserve No.2, giving the ale a palate rich with woody character and brandy notes. The beer pours a deep bronze colour and carries an oaky aroma. An exceptional beer that has been brewed and blended in the finest traditions.

EDITORS NOTE: Some sources have been erroneously applying the description for the Brewers Reserve No 1 to this beer. In fact, No 2 was aged in Cognac barrels whilst No 1 was aged in Whisky barrels.

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fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2010

Cask @ GBBF 10, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.

Clear medium amber orange color with a small, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, overriped fruit, light moderate hoppy, wood - resin - aceton. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20100803]

larsniclas (7217) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
Bottled. Thx Juan Amber with a bubbly tan head. Light sweetness with notes of Cognac. Some toffee in the flavour. Pretty light body and bitterness.

FatPhil (17077) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2010
Cask (GBBF2010)
6 Rich malts, some butter and wood just like what you get from whisky barrel aging.
4 Deep orange, small head
7 Good ale body, rich malts mellowed by ageing, but also thinned somewhat too.
4 Full and rich, but a bit sharp, and heading towards alcoholic in the finish. Ends dry and nutty.
13 I expected more. Nothing wrong, but fullers can do better.

konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a clear light amber with a bleached head. Boozy aroma with underlying notes of vanilla, wood, caramel and maybe som cognac (but that might also be me thinking it should be there). Taste is mainly boozy with some caramel and wood. The body is way to thin for all the booze and makes for an almost unpleasant drinking experience. I’m disappointed with this brew, not good at all...

holdan (260) - USA - DEC 9, 2010
Copper, amber with little head. Aroma candy malt, dark fruits. Sweet candy malt, fruity, some notes of chocolate, cognac. Medium body, text fizzy, alc notable, finish with some alcohol. Impressing good englishman

beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice copper/amberish color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is of oak, smoke, cognac, dark fruits, orange and some alcohol. Flavor is quite fruity with tangerine and orange, some caramel maltiness, faint oak and alcohol and a slight amount of cognac. The body is medium with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a solid prefromer from Fullers, but not as good as the first brewers reserve.

pilsnerrogge (2997) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle #08929
Pours a clear amber colour with a mid sized head. Aroma is wood and alcohol. Flavour is quite sweet and has notes of oak, caramel and most of all: alcohol. This one was way too boozy for me.

ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Deep, clear orange body with a medium white retention. Nose is caramel, vanilla, dark malts, almonds and hints of booze. Taste is even more complex: wood, booze, whiskey, dark malts, molasses. A fusion of almonds and marzipan brings out a Christmas pudding-like flavor, which is not (as opposed to certain other English ales) not disturbing but nicely integrated in the overall flavor profile. A very nice and classic English strong ale, with a good dash of that yuletide spirit! :-)

LoFi (1752) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle. Copper with a beige head. Aroma: candy (Zoo tablettask?), sweet malt, fruit. Taste: candy, alcohol, oranges, citrus, fruit, malt, some pepper, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied. Not exceptional, and I see why many think this is a bit too sweet and alcoholic, but I like it. Struggling to find the cognac though.

Nisse666 (7978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle from SB thx to ekstedt, cons 2010-11-18, Göteborg AR: pear cognac, loads of alcohol, candy sweetness AP: mahogny colored body, wee white head F: alcolic x 2, oak, orange chocolate crocant, dry finish

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