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

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


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9498) - Copenhagen, - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. High creamy long lasting off-white head. Beautiful deep dark amber body. Sweet and mild apple pear wood caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol as well. Surprisingly bitter flavor with heavy notes of armanac and alcohol combined with caramel and vanilla. Extremely high amount of carbonation and a long bitter finish. A bit too agressive on the alcohol level. Some storage would undoubtedly do this beer good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dunklermessias (143) - Lüneburg, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2017
500ml Bottle. Pours with a hazy, dark amber color and a small off-white head. The nose is quite nice: dried fruits, vanilla, toasted malts, woody, slightly liquor sweetness. the nose is getting sweeter and sweeter. Taste of wood finish from the cask, dry, toffee and caramel, dried fruits. Nice cognac/armagnac finish. Good one. Glad to have some in the cellar :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (13956) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom L’s place. Thanks Vova. Hazy amber. Aroma is vinous, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, biscuits, light spiciness, malt, caramel. Sweet flavor with a light tart note, vinous, dark fruits, malt, caramel, a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (6022) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 17, 2016
At Tom’s place, Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of plum, alcohol, fruity, flavor of raisins, plums, malty, wood, medium bodied

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Satyroneto (374) - BRAZIL - OCT 9, 2016
Garrafa nº 22653 Cor âmbar com tons caramelo, brilhante e translúcida com perlage intenso e denso; espuma marfim de alta formação e alta persistência com pouco lacing. Aroma muito fresco e agradável. Em primeiro plano, muita maçã; percebe-se também caramelo e frutas secas (uvas-passa); em segundo plano, leve álcool e Madeira com um toque de conhaque e com a elevação da temperatura, vinho do Porto. Sabor inicial de caramelo e maçã com final seco, picante, um pouco amadeirado e muito refrescante; retrogosto com dulçor de maçã , além de amadeirado e alcoólico, lembrando um pouco conchaque. Corpo médio, alta carbonatação. Altíssima drinkability, o que surpreende por ser uma cerveja envelhecida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (4517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Wine barrels, oak, wood, light and dry tartness, undefined dried fruits, maybe apple. Clear brown, massive frothy and lightly creamy, beige head. Light, dry sweet. Dry sweetness continues, wood, some cognac (or armagnac probably in this case), alcohol, more dry liquor, maybe some dry apple schnapps, toasted malts, lively carbonation. Very interesting ESA, very complex, great aroma and taste, not overly sweet, nice touch from the armagnac barrel ageing. Bottle from The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (932) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Punertavanruskea kirkas, todella vahvasti vaahtoava olut. Vaaleanbeige vaahto häviää kuitenkin kohtalaisen nopeasti suurimmalta osin ja pinnalle jää vain puolen sentin vaahtokerros. Tuoksussa havaittavissa heti armanjakkitynnyrin aikaansaannos. Kivasti tamminen ja vaniljainen tuoksu, jossa lisäksi hedelmäisyyttä, varsinkin omenaa ja päärynää sekä karamellisuutta. Maussa hieno kokonaisuus, jossa ensin esillä tynnyrikypsytyksen ansiosta brandymäisyyttä. Sitten omenaista happamuutta ja hieman makeahkoa karamellisuutta. Keskitäyteläinen suutuntuma ja hieno kokonaisuus! Plussaa hienosta boksista ja sinetöidystä sekä numeroidusta pullosta. Nro 01012.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3816) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Massive fruity nose, berries, light brown sugar, crushed flowers. Medium copper color. Moderate roasty initial, light sweet malt, sugary sweet, some good barrel notes, and it fades in finish. Medium body. Great nose, but the flavors, while pleasant, don’t quite match up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (10126) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Brown with orange tints, hazy, with a pretty head. Nose of grapes, caramel, wood. Fragrant and fruity. Nice brandy flavor, some caramel and wood, very fruity. Soft palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7835) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2016
500ml bottle at home in Richmond. As ’Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Edition No 4 Oak Aged Ale Armagnac’, 8.5%, #33090, 2012 vintage. Dark orange brown, clear, highly sparkling, bubbly head lasts a couple of minutes. Aroma is damp wood, cognac sweetness, toffee, vanilla, some copper. Gets sweeter over time. Body is smooth with tingly carbonation. Taste is woody and dry, toffee, cognac, demerara, dates, spicy finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (6046) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Thanks Alberto! Warm tan-copper, small cream head. Sweet, boozy aroma. Soft vanilla-oak, banana liqueur. Bright body, very carbonated, very delicious.

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