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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1433) - Lyngen alps, - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Amber, hazy with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, bread, oak, alc, dark fruit. Sweet taste with a nice strong oak ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (932) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Punertavan kuparinruskea olut vaaleanbeigellä vaahdolla, josta suurin osa häviää nopeasti ja vain hieman vaahtoa jää pidemmäksi aikaa. Tuoksu on erinomainen, toffeemaista makeutta, rypälettä, tammitynnyrin omaa makua ja vaniljaa sekä alkoholia. Maussa puumaisuutta, karamellista makeutta, lämmittävää alkoholisuutta sekä tammea/vaniljaa. Onhan tämä nautittava ja nautiskeltava olut. Edit. Plussaa hienosta boksista ja sinetöidystä sekä numeroidusta pullosta. Nro 28165.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2016
Tasted June 27 2016. It is slightly hazy red-golden with a small, but creamy head. The aroma has notes of cellar, but also caramel, fruits, oak and more. The flavor is sweet with clear notes of oak, cognac, caramel, overripe fruit, cellar (it clearly should not be saved for much longer), and towards the end a slight alcohol burn accompanied by overripe fruits in the long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
KoNrRiI (1447) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2015
0.5 bottle. Subtly hazy, crimson color and a small, off-white head. Marvelous aroma of malts, honey, wood, cognac, syrup, caramel, and a hint of fruits. Taste is very sweet, full of oak, malts, some cognac, hints of spices, again honey, and perhaps some molasses. Medium body, slick texture, and average carbonation. Finish is way too alcoholic, whether it’s the alcohol content or just the cognac aftertaste is hard to tell but the final effect is definitely bad. Overall a beer which starts off almost perfectly but then loses its balance and goes rough, moreover the carbonation is inadequate - fine for the first few sips but definitely not drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (2850) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2015
Pours a clear brown colour with a thin white head, malty aroma with some fruit, the taste is light and not to bitter, with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (8496) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 26, 2015
Würzig-malziges, intensiv Ale-typisches Bier mit toller leichter Holznote. Der Cognac ist im Hintergrund deutlich zu spüren, rund und passend. Schwer, dickflüssig aber nicht klebrig. Langer, Ale-typischer, leicht holzig-alkoholischer Nachgeschmack mit angenehmen Cognac-Noten. Toll!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle tnx to Fredric. Pours deep clear amber with a nice beigish head. Aroma is sweet vinous marzipan dried figs raisins bubblegum. Flavor is as aroma well balanced nicely bitter. Has developed well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erasmus_ro (2860) - Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark auburn with a small, beige head. Aroma is wooden, oaky, some cognac grape, caramel, orange. Oak is pretty strong. Taste is caramel, grape, cognac, some wooden oakiness. Dark fruits are present as well. Some liquorice on the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden, very complex this one. Full with some carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14786) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Sweet boozy, apple, raw oak and orange. Clearish gold, copper and with a beige head. Sweet light caramel, oak wood, light boozy and sherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Some dark fruit, light woody and cognac aromas. Flavors of griot, cognac, woody and some just alcohol notes. Finishes with a bit of warmth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CanCrusher (1060) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle 0,50L. Clear amber colour with soft visible carbonation and creamy, light brown head. Aroma of sherry and orange, cask wood and cognac. Bitter moderate start taste turns into heavy bitter aftertaste with strong chocolate note and slightly notable alcohol. Say what you want, but this is perfection for me. And everything they wrote on the back label is true!

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