For over 365 days the 4th edition of Brewer's Reserve has been aged in old Comte de Lauvia Armagnac casks. This is one of the finest oak cask aged VSOP Armagnacs from Eaux in the heart of Bas-Armagnac in France.
The flavours of this Armagnac have been absorbed into the casks & infused into this ale, resulting in a balance of fruity tartness, sweet vanilla & a hint of chocolate
Our older Brewer’s Reserve ranges are in extremely limited supply so we release just a few bottles a few times a year. If you would like to be notified when this product becomes available for sale, please subscribe to our notification service.
Alcohol is not for sale to people under the age of 18.
|4.3 units per bottle
|Malts: Pale, Crystal and Chocolate
|Contains Malted Barley
Unique to Fuller’s, the Brewer’s Reserve series is a limited-edition collection of strong, ‘barrel-aged’ ales matured in old spirit casks. Since 2012, we’ve released a new Brewer’s Reserve each year, each absorbing the characteristics of the whiskey or brandy that previously occupied the cask.
These ales typically sit in the casks for over a year, but they continue to develop even after bottling. Indeed, while each beer in our Brewer’s Reserve series is crafted to be enjoyed on the day it’s released, it will continue to condition well beyond its official ‘best before’ date thanks to the live yeast we leave in the bottle.
This second fermentation results in a more complex character and a flavour profile that will change over time.
Strictly produced on a limited run, every bottle of Brewer’s Reserve is individually numbered - and rare older bottles can become extremely sought after. The price of our Brewer’s Reserve ales reflects that, and will increase over time as the number of remaining bottles reduces. The price you see today, may therefore be higher tomorrow.
Taking delivery and storage
As part of any delivery process, the liquid and sediment in the bottle will have been disturbed during transit. It is important that you let the bottle stand on its base for at least 72 hours before opening it.
If you plan to store the bottles to enjoy in later years, you should store them upright to ensure any settling happens at the bottom of the bottle. It will also be ready to drink whenever you wish. Store your Vintage Ale in a cool, dry place where the temperature will not drop below 2oC or go above 25oC.
How to enjoy your Brewers Reserve
We recommend that your Brewers Reserve is served at cellar temperature (11-13oC) in a wide rimmed glass that allows you to enjoy the aromas as you sip it. The Fuller’s Connoisseur Glass has been designed for this, but a large wine glass is a suitable alternative.
Make sure that you’ve allowed the bottle to settle upright for at least 72 hours if it has been transported recently. Open the bottle and pour the beer slowly into a glass held at an angle. Slowly straighten the glass as you pour. To avoid sediment entering the glass, stop pouring before reaching the bottom of the bottle. If you prefer a smaller head on your beer, wet the inside of the glass before pouring.
The delivery slips that are included in our parcels do not show the price paid for items, so you can rest assured that your recipient gets a real surprise.