The beer I’m reviewing today is number three in a series from Fuller’s called Brewer’s Reserve. This particular beer has been aged for 800 days in Auchentoshan Whisky casks.
Lovely dark golden brown color with a white fizzy head. The head has low retention and does not leave any lacing.
At first the beer somehow reminds me of a sour ale. There are some clear sour notes in the aroma, together with oak, vanilla and sweet malts.
I’m not getting any alcohol at all in the aroma.
The flavor of the beer has a stronger hint of the whisky casks than the aroma. As the aroma the flavor does not contain hints of the high ABV of 9%. The beer is a bit sour and contains some earthy flavors along with some nice fruity notes. The beer isn’t very balanced but I don’t think this ruins it in any way.
The carbonation is a bit sharp and the beer has a nice creamy body.
Up front the finish is quite fruity, then some strong hints of alcohol appears. The end of the finish is where this beer really informs me that is has been aged in whisky casks.
I love beers that are aged in whisky casks, and I really enjoyed this one. Score: 4.2/5.
Each bottle of this beer is numbered and the one I enjoyed today was #14430. If you’re fast you might be able to get it from Systembolaget in Sweden.