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Fatso - Good People Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 56
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-12-2013 07:18:36 | More by spycow
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-05-2012 03:22:49 | More by grumpygerman
Photo of AwYeh


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 09:38:32 | More by AwYeh
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-19-2012 16:16:26 | More by slowdaddy
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 13:20:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-08-2012 15:57:25 | More by seeswo
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-08-2012 00:14:18 | More by ColdPoncho
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-28-2012 02:31:34 | More by xxcarpxx
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-28-2012 00:43:07 | More by freethehopspc
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-25-2012 19:51:38 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-17-2012 20:37:21 | More by Crimsontider22
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-29-2012 01:17:40 | More by plumlmr
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-02-2012 02:11:05 | More by whartontallboy
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3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 18:51:43 | More by AgentMunky
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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 07:14:09 | More by Reaper16
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-14-2011 21:02:52 | More by freduardo
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:22:24 | More by EgadBananas
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:52:23 | More by AgentZero
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:42:13 | More by jrallen34
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:47:21 | More by MasterSki
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2010 19:43:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2010 23:28:13 | More by Cyberkedi
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 00:01:46 | More by brentk56
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2009 19:16:51 | More by LestatSabastian
Photo of BenSelf


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2009 23:42:18 | More by BenSelf
Fatso from Good People Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.