Fuller's Brewer's Reserve No. 2 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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United Kingdom (England)
4.16/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-02-2013 23:01:15 | More by BlackHaddock
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
Pours deep amber with beige head that eventually sets to a thick firm cloth. Nose is malty sweet with pronounced toffee, burnt molasses and marmellaty qualities, hop-derived orange, sherry-like notes from oxidation and evident cognac-barrel aroma. Low carbonated medium body with lots of wood character is warming with orange-marmellate qualities and rather dry on the palate, the later partially due to the oak tannins. Ends dry with some spicy alcohol (500 ml, into tulip).
01-29-2013 17:53:43 | More by crnipeter
3.73/5 rDev -8.4%
Bottle from Baggio. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thin collar and not much else. Transparent ruby-brown body.
S - Treacle, fruity English yeast, dried berries, some slight sherry-esque oxidation, a bit of earthy hopping, and fairly restrained sweet cognac and oak flavors.
T - The taste is fairly similar, with treacle, cotton candy, fruity yeast, red fruits, and sherry. The cognac imparts a slightly vinous sweetness, but it's fairly mild. Dry wood and somewhat earthy finish.
M - Medium body, with lower carbonation. Surprisingly dry and slightly oaky and tannic. No obvious alcohol warming.
D - Cognac touch is light, although I've come to expect subtlety from English breweries like Fuller's. It's more evocative of traditional English beers aged in large oak vats than American barrel-aged beers where tons of spirit still lingers in the barrel. The base is quintessential English strong ale, so if you like those you'll like this. Otherwise your mileage may vary.
10-15-2012 03:06:20 | More by MasterSki
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Tasted on 2/12/11 Bottle # 12909
Aroma - Sweet Fruits with a very wine-like nose. Alcohol is in there too. Wood tannins with almost a leather like quality.
Appearance - Golden yellow with tons of carbonation. Not a large head just lots of bubbles likely around 3.0 volumes worth.
Taste - Smooth a touch of sweetness. Definite cognac notes but nothing really jumps out flavor wise. Surprisingly mostly cognac, wood, and a touch of sweetness. Definite alcohol burn as it warmed.
Notes - Decent mouthfeel. One of the bottles I brought back from the brewery.
12-24-2011 15:36:43 | More by jwhawkins81
4.72/5 rDev +16%
Got a bottle at the Victoria Pub near Paddington Station London. The barman highly recommended it.
A- Pours a nice deep brinze-amber, with an off-white head, nice and clear.
S- Hints of malty sweetness with just a hint of hop spiciness.
T- Very well balanced, the sweetness and hops blend very well.
M- Medium to heavy on the tongue, not too sweet, but the alcohol is prevalent without burning.
D- The only limitations are availability and the alcohol, very nice.
02-26-2011 17:24:06 | More by cichief
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
I bought a 50cm bottle at Jasons Food Market in the basement of the FE21 department store in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
It had a dark chocolate brown color and left a beige, full cream color head with good lacing. It had a strong aroma of wood, thick malt and spice. It was obviously a full flavored beer with flavors of wood, dried fruit, and carmelized sugars, sweeter than expected. It had a stronger alcohol flavor than I expected given its 7.7% but perhaps that has to do with the whiskey barrel aging. A light bitter and hop finish.
Not as complex as I expected but an excellent beer and one that I would gladly sample again.
02-12-2011 03:44:56 | More by jhubeifc
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
A: This beer pours clear copper with a medium-large compact off-white head. Dissipation is slow and leaves some lacings.
S: Rich sweet caramell malt. Lots of dark dried fruits. Oak and vanilla.
T: Lots of sweet light roasted malt. The dark dried fruits are rich in the taste. Honey. Kind of sherry-like. The vanilla/oak-tone is more held back compared to the smell.
M: Fullbodied and mildly carbonated. Alcoholic and warming. Aftertaste is long and holds rich sweetness.
D: This is a brew that most certaninly would improve if let rest in my beer-cellar for a couple of years - but today I can't rate it higher...
01-05-2011 20:30:33 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
A clear copper/honey amber color, an off-white head that settles rather slowly, leaving no lacing, but have good curtains.
Smelling a bit earthy, old wood, sour wool, yeast.
The taste has some caramelized sugar, slightly vinous, sherry, nuts, matured grape-fruit zest, a raw wooden finish.
Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a full body, slightly oily, a sharp dryness is remaining.
The oak aging has effects on beer that I do not always respond to.
12-25-2010 21:34:41 | More by rarbring
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Lucky enough to score the last two bottles of this at my local Fuller's pub.
A clear maple syrup coloured body with minimal head, no lacing but some fine bubbles around the edges being gradually topped up by fine lines of CO2 bubbling up from the bottom.
Nose is full of big Fuller's malt - honeycomb, raisins and figs, alcohol as a prickly spice in the back of my nostrils and some cut fresh green grass.
Sweet barley wine-esque malts dominate. More dried fruits, more honeycomb, a complementary hit of alcohol. I'm no cognac drinker, but the cognac cask aging is evident in some oak and sherry notes. Late grassy and dry hops, add (with the alcohol) to more of the prickly sensation I mentioned above. Quite pleasant, like a spicy Indian Brinjal Pickle.
While the beer looks quite flat, the mouth feel is full of little champagne like bubbles. Not as syrupy as I'd expected, and medium-thin with the bubbles adding somewhat.
A great contemplative drink. Not a session bad boy obviously.
Similar to Fullers Golden Pride but not as in your face.
10-31-2010 17:38:46 | More by Trizzle
Fuller's Brewer's Reserve No. 2 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.