Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve No 4 Oak Aged Ale Armagnac

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

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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (5573) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2013
Fra flaske på Tap1 mai-13: litt for kald, men det skjuler ikke det faktum at dette er et godtøl fra øverste hylle. Kommer jeg over denne i butikk skal der handles sporenstreks! 10 cl av denne ga et nytt koordinat å navigere etter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
50 cl bottle @ lusikka. Bottle no. 20837, BBE 2022
Aroma is sweetish with toffee, some caramel, vanilla and hints of biscuits. Flavour has toffee, some vanilla and english hops. Alcohol tries to come through on some sips, but it doesn’t disturb much. Too English for me. Actually I find it hard to find any Armagnac or barrel here – feels like a typical English strong. Perhaps some vanilla notes at the end of the glass.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9938) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Pours dark red color with a small rapidly dissipating head. Quite rich aroma, berries, some mild glue-like alcohol, wood, resiny hops, caramel malts and wood. Flavor of caramel malts, mild berry notes, sweetish sugary fruits and wood.
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber copper colour with a white foamy head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel, hay and citrus. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, berries, caramel, hay, alcohol, metallic notes and grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a grassy malty finish with some alcohol. Barrel seems to have left some traces from it but it doesn’t accompany the flavour at all. The result is a strong alcohol-driven English Strong Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiong (6899) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
500ml bottle

Pours clear reddish brown with a foamy white head. Aroma of berries, stingy notes, hints of malts, wood, glue and alcohol. Taste is malty and sweetish with notes of berries, wood, hints of vinous cognac. Finish is malty, sweet, vinous and wooden with metallic notes and hints of berries. Doesn’t feel very balanced, the armagnac notes dominate a bit too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4586) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2013
Caramel colour, white head. Aroma of malts, apple, caramel and mint. Malty sweet flavour, alcohol and caramel. Alcoholic finish, mlats, cognac, caramel and light wood.
From 50cL bottle @ ZZT VII, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, Drebus!)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6970) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle @ ZZT VII, thx to everyone for sharing their bottles. You gotta love these kinds of names. Hint of caramel, raisin, just a hint of wood. Bit grapes. Lacks a bit of power.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (5402) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 26, 2013
Ogi’s, from Slovenia. Yay! Poured a misty amber-brown body with a slightly off white head that went away slowly. Light šljivovica in the aroma, slightly malty. Empty taste, light, incredibly so considering it’s barrel aged and 8.5% Mostly empty, with notes of the liquor whose barrels it was in. And it kinda works, but not that much.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hawthorne00 (3802) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Bright copper with a white head that lasts and laces well. Aroma of Armagnac, vanilla, prunes, orange rind, white pepper. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Dominated by Armagnac, which comes across as harsh and weedy. The grapiness and spirity feel of it overwhelms any Fullers layers of toffee things that _may_ be going on underneath and you get straight to vanilla, bitter oranges and oak. Too early? - but there’s no heat from the alcohol. Maybe the ’gnac will fade. As is, no good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15451) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle, 8.5%. Good fruity aroma. Clear amber colour. Small white head. The flavour is fruity with a good citric note, sweet, vanilla. Well-balanced.


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