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Fatso - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 61
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: Bonhoeffer on 06-08-2009

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.
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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer over 6% ABV ever legally brewed in Alabama. Served on cask at the 09 Magic City Brewfest.

I actually found myself wishing for some more carbonation. As cool as the cask tapping ceremony was, i'm not sure this beer is best served on cask.

Flavor was good. Not earth shattering. I felt some burn in my throat while drinking which i thought might be from some chiles, but Jason (the brewer) said no, no chiles. Vanilla bean. So maybe the vanilla bean gave it a little burn? Not sure.

Enjoyable, but i really look forward to having it on draught soon with some more carbonation to see what that does with it.
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Update 7/23/09: just had it on tap at the Clyde. The full production run of this baby blows the trial run cask away. Earth-shatteringly good. Some dark cherry, rum, lots of chocolate, pronounced hop kick, thick as molasses (not really, but humor me), darker than pure evil. A beautiful monster.

One of the greats. Good People is going to put Bham on the beer geek map; mark my words.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zachb4au
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LestatSabastian
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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 richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz growler into snifter.

A: Pours midnight black with two finger mocha colored head with long retention and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and licorice.

T: Rich dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

M: Full bodied with a slightly creamy and bitter finish.

O: Very nice RIS. I would love to see this regularly bottled or canned.

Photo of xxcarpxx
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of StuartCarter
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Greyeyedman
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CrazyOtto623
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beerMeh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Plonk
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jczn
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Justinbshelton
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of zookerman182
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -6%
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 -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Fatso from Good People Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.