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

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


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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thanos21 (2) - - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
Great beer,full of flavours,great aroma and appearance also.I’ve loved it,I’d like to taste it again but it is limited :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
From notes. Poured clear, with an amber color and a medium off-white head. Aroma of cognac, honey, cola nut, cherry, bubblegum, cask. Medium bodied and carbonated. Sweet taste with caramel and molasses with matching bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home. Bottle 27679, BBE 2013
Aroma is sweetish with cognag tones, some ripe apples and toffee. Also a slight feeling of aged Belgian ale. Flavour has cognag, woody notes, some toffee and . A slight cardboardy and watery feeling in the background. Somewhat stinging and creamy palate with a bit too much CO2. Perhaps not worth aging more than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (7109) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle, vielen vielen dank Günther! Caramel and wood aroma. Clear red amber with a offwhite layer. Wood and cognac notes on toffee, dark roasted caramel, chocolate, some berries. Mellow moedium body. More balanced and subtle than other cask offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2963) - Odense SV, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle # 10588. Cloudy deep amber body with a finger sized offwhite head. Aroma is toffee, oak, raisins, plums, light cognac notes. Flavour is sweet, light bitter, thickling alcohol, dark fruit, oak, toffee. Medium carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6286) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle: #08148: Served in a taster: Orange pour. Small white lacing on top of a amber warm red ish orange colored beer. Aromas of apples, cognac, wood, malts, grapes, raisin, Flavours of apples, creamy, honey, bitter, malty, light spicy, some grains, light wood tone, light soap, cognac, pear, light molasses and brown sugars (while not sweet), some grass, some malts and light creamy spiced tone. Aftertaste is a mix of honey, cognac, wood, some yeast, bitters, light spicy tone and grass. Low carbo, soft creamy light silky mouthfeel, medium to full body and a creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
Loved this: and I don’t normally like beers that have been ’messed around with’. Boxed 500ml bottle (# 23226) best before the end of 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 30 Aug 2013 at home. Looked great, full on amber body with a good off-white crown of lasting bubbles on top. Fruity malt nose with a slight spicy and cognac/brandy/sherry hint. My sweet tooth really enjoyed the maltiness and rich sherry feel the flavours had. Oaky, nutty and even fruitier towards the end of each sip, not a lot of bitterness to be found at all. Most likely the best Fullers beer I’ve ever had: their Vintage Ales are excellent as well though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1631) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle #28340. Deep copper color, rich off-white head. Appealing aroma with marmalade and stewed berries. Rich flavor with notes of apples, oak, alcohol, iron and juicy malts. The center is reminiscent of sherry, but the taste mellows out. However, the finish has a bit of alcohol in it despite the age. Full body, medium carbonation. Pretty good, but as I prefer whiskey over cognac, I seem to recall the No 1 being more to my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2013
50cl bottle with a fellow Siebel student, thanks Tim! Bottle #26753. Pour a mostly clear, amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, but not as fruity as the Armagnac version. Some vanilla, toffee and caramel, cognac with a light alcohol warmth, and wood. Flavor is similar. Some wood and cognac up front with a nice fruitiness throughout. A pleasant vanilla-toffee and caramel with touches of toast. Finishes fairly dry and woody with a nice vanilla, a light malt sweetness, some fruits, and a pleasant cognac warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer. The cognac is distinct and provides a pleasant warmth with a good amount of fruitiness and a solid vanilla-toffee malt backing. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (4042) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Hazy copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, oak, vanilla, apples, toffee, caramel and dried fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of light booze, oak, dried fruit and toffee. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. OK, a bit mellow.

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