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Fatso - Good People Brewing Company

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56 Ratings
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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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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

sewhitehead, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

Served in a pint glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 11 January 2012.

A: Two fingers of thick, creamy head. Absolutely black. Amazing! Little lacing.

S: Strong milk chocolate with a touch of roasted malt. Dry and haunting with a touch of hops.

T/M: Meh, a bit of a letdown. It's remarkably thin-bodied, sort of sliding down the throat with little fanfare. A touch of sour sweetness. The aftertaste is admittedly excellent; after the initial sour bittersweetness, there is long, lingering coffee and chocolate.

O: A decent Russian Imperial Stout, but not good enough to be recommendable. Good People's Coffee Oatmeal Stout is a better beer. What really puts me off is the strange tart-fruity bittersweetness that pervades the maintaste. Perhaps I just got a bad barrel, but I don't understand what the fuss is about.

ABV: 8.9%
IBU: 78
SRM: 86

AgentMunky, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Plonk, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Ajlvt, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

seeswo, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Mschrep, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color that is topped by a creamy tan head that drapes webs of lace

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with a bit of bready yeast

Taste: Burnt black bread, up front, with a developing raisiny character; fruity hops and bitter chocolate join by mid-palate; after the swallow, the dark fruit flavor dominates with the bitter chocolate; a hint of espresso on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A different take on the style, with more fruit than most and a burnt taste that I am not crazy about; still, quite a nice beer

brentk56, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

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?

AgentZero, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

Reaper16, Jan 07, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

A: Poured jet black with a nice brown cap, good amount of bubbles and lacing remain

S: Big dark chocolate balanced with milk chocolate topped with fresh coffee beans. Very nice.

T: A nice blend of creamy milk chocolate upfront with a nice blend of bitter dark chocolate. Loads of coffee beans are there but not as prominent as the chocolate and roasted malts The taste is dry, creamy with a bitterining finish

M: Big body as this style should be but a little thin, fairly clean, lots of cocoa sit on the palate

O: Very good overall. No major complaints.

barleywinefiend, Aug 05, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Huge thanks to Alex for this super rare AL tick...A dark brown beer, bordering on black. There is a really creamy tan head that has great lasting power and good lacing. Looks good...The aroma is complex and subtle, a light caramel espresso coffee, then the finish is creamy hazelnuts. Shock is beginning to set in...Chocolate jumps at me on the front, lots of cherries, and a hint of smoke. Finish is not as successful as its becomes pretty bitter with alcohol, chalk, and coffee. A small overall acidic quality that is a little annoying...The beer is pretty thin, warm finish...Easy to drink.

I was expecting nothing out of this, but a pleasant surprised for a gas station beer. The AL worth trying if you can get a hold of it.

jrallen34, Jan 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

elkinbrown, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

thatoneguymike, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

plumlmr, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

DocAJ, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

wrightst, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ColdPoncho, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ari32, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Thanks to deaconbluez for this one. Bottled in November '09, and apparently only sold at an Exxon station in Coosa County!? Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a thin ring and hazy film that is persistent and lingers indefinitely. The body is a very, very dark brown color.

S - Roasted malts, some smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla extract, peanut butter, and fruity esters.

T - The taste is fruitier - is there a Belgian yeast strain involved? Reese's peanut butter cups, smoke and char, burnt espresso, and a lightly bitter roasty finish. There's a faint hint of chalkiness mid-palate.

M - Considering the name, this is a little thinner than I expected, although when I see the ABV it makes more sense. Definitely medium in body, medium-low carbonation, and a little bit of warmth in the finish.

D - It's a very solid RIS, but it's probably only an A+ to poor Alabamans who have been deprived of quality local beers for years. Worth trying, but not worth trading the farm, even with the ridiculously low bottle counts. I'm curious about El Gordo though!

MasterSki, Jan 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 25, 2012
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%

On tap at Hop City, Birmingham.

A: A very dark brown, almost black, with a mocha colored one finger head that lay there staring up at me. Curtainy lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise, leather, malty. Heavy duty.

T: strong, hefty, robust. Semi sweet chocolate arrives with malts and light espresso notes. A thick, dry finish. What a great sipper.

M: medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: A stellar IRS. One of the best surprises from my sampling at the bar. For a stout, this is a real easy drinker. The wait staff think highly of this overweight gem. Recommended.

brewskifan55, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

EgadBananas, Jul 30, 2011
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Fatso from Good People Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.