Fatso - Good People Brewing Company

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92
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 58
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
78 IBU

A huge, viscous, full-bodied, dark as night, imperial stout yet somehow amazingly drinkable. Big aromas and flavors including dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and spiced rum. Not for the faint of heart. Big but surprisingly nimble, as it can compliment any course of a meal.

(Beer added by: Bonhoeffer on 06-08-2009)
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Reviews by BenSelf:
Photo of BenSelf
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the J. Clyde this past weekend. The beer pours up nicely with a dark mocha head that lingers until the end. This beer is pitch black, as you would expect. The aroma is full of burnt malt and dark chocolate, with some toasted notes as well. The flavor is satisfyingly big and robust, with lots of roasted malt. The tail end comes in with some hop bitterness, toasted almonds, sweet malt, and coffee. The mouthfeel is almost oily, and helps convey a lot of umph. I'm amazed to see this much flavor in a beer that's not even 9% ABV. Good drinkability for an RIS, which is to say that I can finish an 8 oz. serving. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of LestatSabastian
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly nice beer. I hate it that I had to get it in a milk jug at dee's package store. The beer is not yet bottled.
Appearance is very black with brown highlights to it, a surprisingly lighter head to it though nearly a light brown.
Smell was nice chocolate and coffee notes with maybe a little smell like raisin.
taste was great. I tasted coffee/nut with a bit of chocolate and was expecting to taste the raisin or some fruit but did not. I did smell the raisin though
mouthfeel it was perfect stout feel to it. A light chewy taste, thick feel not watery, and very creamy.
drinkability would recommend this beer it is a good one if you like stouts.

Photo of xxcarpxx
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StuartCarter
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: faint coffee and mild hops.
Appearance: black as dark roast coffee.
Flavour: follows the smell - rich coffee, moderate hop bitterness, lingering coffee aftertaste.
Palate: this is a rich, dense beer that presents to the mouth more like an incredible coffee syrup.
Overall: this is a truly outstanding beer - world class.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nhudson for this rarity! From notes.

Pours thick and sludge-like. Head was a very light tan color. Milk chocolate comes through a lot in the aroma, with some charred notes, nice coffee, and molasses. Tastes more char and burnt, which I like. Bitter coffee and chocolate are very nice. Feels chewy and full. creamy and very low carbonation.

Great brew...I'd go to Bama to score it.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer from Alabama, this should be good? Thanks to Alex for sharing.

A - Dark brown beer with a bit of a tan head that had nice retention.

S - Roasted malts, dark fruits, some nuts, little chocolate and coffee. Pretty pleasant, better than I was expecting.

T - Taste is relatively in line with the nose. Little more chocolate and some sweeter fruits than darker. Gets a little charry in there at the end.

M - A little thin, sickly-sweet finish.

O - Pretty solid beer actually, would drink it again, go Alabama?

Photo of Reaper16
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a dark, dark color. It's black. The color, that is, that I described as "dark, dark." Some imperial stouts are just black. We try to say something else about them, something original, but that doesn't really work out ever. This beer is just black. And that's a good thing. So is the head on this pour, which is like almost two fingers (!) in size of dark tan colored foam.

Lots of chocolate in this new batch of Fatso. Lots. The dominant aroma is that of fudge. Well, maybe not real fudge. More like the Little Debbie product called "Fudge Brownies;" you know, the ones with the nuts on them. It smells like those. There's some distant coffee here, as well as a tad bit of dark fruits.

The flavor is pretty similar to the nose, but the ratios are different. This beer tastes mostly of cake batter. Chocolate cake batter, of course. It's not cloying or anything; this is more of a semi-sweet chocolate chips type flavor. But also coming on strong are the dark fruits. It's not distinctly any kind of dark fruit, but sort of a generic melange of prunes and dates and etc. Thanks, yeast strain, for your abundant fruitiness.

If there's a flaw to Fatso it is that it is not thick enough in mouthfeel given its flavors. The body is lacking in thickness and doesn't carry it's rich flavors across the palate in the best way possible. It's not a poor mouthfeel, it just has room for improvement.

Overall, this is a damn solid Imperial Stout. I'm very glad that I can drink this fresh and local, as it is a tasty beer. It doesn't belong in the same class as elite impy stouts, but it is a very fine release.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Freethyhops
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from growler aka ghetto grower aka milk jug to chalice.

the appearence is exceptional. pours a stout lovers favorite color, motor oil black. less than a finger of head, but it is a VERY dark brown. another good sign.

the smell is strong of coffee but roasted and chocolate malts come through as well

the taste is truly unique. the coffee flat out dominates, but not in a bad way. you still taste the sweetness of the chocolate, black/dark malts. the coffee really inhances the bitterness of the hops but it is not overly bitter as the subtle sweetness balances very well.

the mouthfeel is thick but not overly thick. it coats the mouth, though, and lets the flavors linger. i had to get a sip of water to help it down the pipe a few times.

me and a buddy took a growler down fairly easily. as I said the way the beer coats the mouth can lead to the aftertastes lingering too long and making the flavor almost overwhelming. but nothing that can't be fixed with a swig or two of water every glass. but the last glass went down just as quick as the first, which was pretty quick on it's journey. i wanted some more when it was done....

Photo of AwYeh
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #4, bottled November '10, bottle #66. Thanks GPHarris for sending me this bottle, which was poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque dark brown/black, with a finger of frothy, dense, tan head. Solid lacing is left behind on my glass. Just in case you were turned off of any other Good People offerings (coffee oatmeal stout, in my case) because of an over-carbonated appearance, there's nothing to worry about here. Everything is top of the line.

S: Given the age of this beer, the coffee aromas are outstanding. Lots of tangy dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts show up as well. Very well done.

T: Dark fruits lead the way, closely followed by the aforementioned dark fruits and roasted malt flavors. The flavors combine very well, each complementing one another perfectly, which certainly leads to my overall appreciation of the flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation (though lively for the style). Creamy and smooth, with a rather dry finish. It's hard to believe I'm drinking an imperial stout given this beer's mouthfeel, and I could keep sipping this one down all night with ease.

O: A very solid beer from Good People, very happy to have had the chance to try this. Incredibly drinkable, complex, and with a great mouthfeel. If you see this, pick it up without a second thought.

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Fatso from Good People Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.