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Fatso - Good People Brewing Company

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 57
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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freethehopspc, Mar 28, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

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.
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.

Bonhoeffer, Jun 08, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

StuartCarter, Jul 28, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

Had this @ the Music City Brewfest

A - Black and intimidating with a fluffy white head.

S - Smells like it looks (dark and roasty) with some hop aroma cutting through the big dark smells.

T - Lots of flavors. Dark and roasty malts, coffee, chocolate, fruit, brown sugar. Similar to smell, hop flavors manage to compliment the big flavors of the dark malt. Finishes dry and roasty.

M - Very substantial

D - Very drinkable because it tastes so good, but it's certainly no session beer.

PeterLemonjello, Aug 02, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

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....

Freethyhops, Aug 18, 2009
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Auditgirl, Mar 11, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a deep coffee-brown sable with an average yellowish-tan head. Rich aroma is like a fine mocha and very attractive. Mocha-ish flavor is very pleasing, slightly sweet, and has an undertone of molasses. Texture is fizzy and jazzy, making for overall a very good stout.

Cyberkedi, Mar 06, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

LestatSabastian, Sep 17, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Another growler review. This one is out of a half gallon growler I picked up from Dee's Package in Birmingham, AL for $9.99. Served up in a standard pint glass. Missed this one at the Magic City Brewfest, so I was excited to finally get my paws on some.

A: Pours a jet black. Like a brand new jet with fresh coat that just shines. Not flat black like the Stealth series, this stuff has some swagger gloss kickin. About have a finger of mocha head rests on top but doesn't throw up much lace. Held to the light . . . it is still black. More of a dark yellow on the edges, that oily look. Move it around on the glass and absolutely getting some yellow oil slick there. Very good looking. This beer just looks big.

S: Smell is nice. Lots of coffee up front. Fresh beans that have been ground, dark roast style. Then some dark chocolates develop, along with some milk chocolate peaking through. You can definitely get the milk in here. Rich malts are just really good. Slightly nutty and that helps with some of the earthy hops aroma coming out. A good bit of alcohol comes up in the aroma but its not too crazy. Smells like an Impy Stout and a good one at that.

T: Oh yeah, and this is what I was hoping a local brewery could do when it comes to an Impy Stout. Chocolate goodness in here. Slightly bitter dark chocolate mix well with sweet milk chocolate presence. Then come the coffee. Dark, roasty goodness (coffee flavor and absolutely some roasted malts coming across as well). Alcohol is light but it is just enough booziness that I want from an Impy. A little bit of a hazelnut and vanilla on the back end. This reminds me a lot of a Ten FIDY and that is not a bad thing. Thats a great thing.

M: Full bodied. This is a big beer. Very thick and viscous, nice slick oil type feel. Chewy for sure and this beer coats the palate with ease. Light carbonation but that may be the growler, but with that included it is still a great feel with all this creaminess. ABV brings just such a beautifully subtle heat on the middle of the throat to the belly. Comforting. Aftertaste is a touch of booze and all that chocolate goodness.

D: Been killing growlers of this all weekend and that is a testament to how easy this big boy drinks. The flavors are just great, definitely as good as Ten FIDY in that department. It is big but it remains drinkable for sure. If this is on tap, I will be having it at the bar or taking a growler from the filling station. Good People is really killing it with the beers they are putting out. If you are in B'ham, don't miss out. Try their line, but start with this beer.

everetends, Aug 04, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

BenSelf, Sep 08, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Pours out a hearty-looking, near black body layered with a wispy, tan-hued head.

Smell: Roasty-scented aroma of chilled, concentrated coffee. Supporting malt notes of chocolate ganache, blackened barley, and licorice, with lesser hints of vanilla and good, wholesome chimney soot for a bit of smokiness. Ripe dark fruit character.

Taste: Roasty, coffee-toned maltiness with full tastes of dark chocolate, lightly smoked vanilla beans, and black licorice. Moderate degree of sweetness. Dark fruitiness yielding undertones of black cherry and prunes. Decent dose of hops provide, along with the roastiness, a solid balancing bitterness. Lingering taste of robust coffee beyond the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A mighty fine Imperial Stout from Alabama tha-- Geez Louise, who imagined we'd live to see the day we'd be able to say that.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 11, 2010
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Fatso from Good People Brewing Company
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