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War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 278
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 60
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 03-21-2010

War & Peace is a Russian Imperial Stout aged with Peace Coffee's Guatemalan Organic Dark Roast. We measure out a pound of whole beans per barrel of beer and add it directly to our tanks, then allow it to infuse for nearly a week. It's a combination so natural, you may forget that stout and coffee once existed without each other.
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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better coffee beers I've had. Very heavy coffee stout flavor. Fairly viscous mouthfeel. Would love to see this barrel aged. Definitely would love to drink again.

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Photo of AaronTX
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, scent of coffee. I'm not a fan of Imperial Stouts but this beer is excellent. It was part of my Rare Beer Club shipment, and one of the best beers I received. Well done Fulton.

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Photo of atone315
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of coffee stouts when all that coffee "bitterness" comes through. IMO, a one-note beer that's not to my liking....but then again, I dont like coffee. Other than that, a damn fine beer. Go ahead and try this one, you may not agree with me.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Dark chocolate, moderate coffee presence and a bit of smoke. Also some booze detected plus some nuttiness...ah, that's what it is: peanut butter.

T- Big roasty character at first and then some sweetness comes in to balance. Notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, more peanut butter mild caramel. Once the palate acclimates, things get dangerously drinkable as the roast evens out and the coffee steps forward to bring some extra flavor. There's also some hop bitterness that comes out as it warms.

M- Somewhat creamy and very thick. Medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- A very bold but complex and tasty RIS. The coffee works as more of a complementary ingredient rather than a main component but I'm not complaining since this is pretty much a world-class stout as is.

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Photo of jlindros
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big beer of the night, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a nice big creamy rich dark colored 2 finger head plus thick head, ridiculous lacing everywhere. Pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose is very enjoyable, fresh roasted coffee, fluffy nougat, dark cocoa, so much fresh earthy roasted coffee, fudgey like coffee, dark mild charred roasty malt, little caramel, chewy, very well balanced and strong at the same time, fluffy nougat carafa.

Taste brings a mild sweet malt, super dark malt, fluffy nougat carafa, caramel, little candy notes, little marshmallow even. Then fudgey cocoa, chewy fudge and cocoa, plenty of nice coffee, earthy nutty coffee, bright earthy coffee, mild bitterness from roasted malt and mild earthy hops. Nice fresh coffee overall, smooth rich coffee. Nice dark mild roasty malts, dark fudgey cocoa malts, plenty of ris in there, typical anise ris notes. Finish is drier, lingering toasted malt notes, fudgey cocoa, and plenty of fresh roasted coffee.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, no real booze, decent carb.

Overall very nice, great fresh coffee but still keeps the awesome base ris beer in tact just added nice fresh coffee.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brought to Concert #3 of Fare Thee Well by Jim. Many thanks.
Worthy Adversary with coffee. And boy is there coffee. It masks, somewhat but more than necessary, the RIS. Better blending as it warms. The coffee flavors and aroma are nice. Like freshly ground coffee. Smooth drinking with an average mouthfeel - not quite soft or big enough, but nice. Good blending overall

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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark oily black with a fat mocha head that fades to leave nice lacing and creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark fruits, roast malts, strong decent quality coffee, chocolate, good aromas, no booze really.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of dark fruits, licorice, char, roast malts, really good coffee notes. Rich and earthy, nutty coffee. Very rich.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely creamy, lightly carbonated. Smooth, silky.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, loads of coffee. Quite good. Big surprise!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and black, as any stout should be. Minimal head that dissolves quickly but leaves a ring of carbonation and surface bubbles until the last drop.

Whoa boy is this loaded with coffee. Freshly ground. Brownies. Very robust aroma.

The flavor is loaded with coffee. Iced mocha. Coffee and fudge.

Thick and creamy, moderate carbonation.

It's an amazing beer. If you like coffee stouts (I mean, how could you not,) this is one worth seeking out. It's not overly complex but the coffee/chocolate combo is executed perfectly.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thick and fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer smells of, you guessed it, coffee. I get dark fruit as well. Dogs and plumbs. Some sweet caramel and molasses also.

This beer tastes the same as it smells. Coffee and sweet caramel. Some roasted malt flavor.

This beer is surprisingly smooth for its 9.5% ABV. It leaves a fresh coffee aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is great! Thanks to Sarah for it. Probably one of the best beer I have had recently.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gloopy! Heavy! Glugs out a jet black body with a thin, beige head that was a little hard to scare up being a few centimeters.

Smell: W+P is loaded with richly roasty, coffee aromas, backed by dark chocolate, molasses and a bit of sweet caramel with lighter touches of dark fruit, alcohol and ground spice.

Taste: Deeply roasty with bright coffee flavors, bitterish dark chocolate and sulphured molasses. Some dark fruitiness present, a little spicy anise. Underlying bitterness beneath the dense maltiness. Touch of alcohol. Drying, bitterish, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Damnably chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: From the get-go, this one looked like it was right up my alley and it was.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans along with notes of dark roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. It does a remarkable job at masking the alcohol from the taste. I liked how the coffee was incorporated and helped to take an edge off the roasted and bitter flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date spied, I think this came out in March or April?

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall, dense, very dark brown head. Great head retention as it sticks around forever. Moderate lacing left behind when it finally does fade.

S: Coffee. Lots of it. Fresh ground and sharp. Mildly sweet and chocolatey, like mocha. I assume the base roasted malt is creating this wonderful combination. Touch of char in there too.

T: Much like the nose: coffee and lots of it. Smooth and creamy initially. Not as sharp and bitter as I expected but more of an acidic and earthy taste. Lots of burnt pretzel and bittersweet chocolate in there. Bittersweet chocolate stands strong in the finish, leading into a final burst of coffee aftertaste. Lots of bittersweet everything in the aftertaste, including a nice charry flavor. Not smoky, charry. Like burnt bread.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth and then very bittersweet in the finish and aftertaste.

O: Nice coffee RIS. It doesn't have that over-the-top, in-your-face coffee up front (west coast IPA style?) but the coffee is still very strong. Just primarily in the finish and aftertaste. Loads of earthy, bittersweet flavors in this one. Great combination of baker's chocolate, coffee and char in the second half of the taste. Starts out smooth and ends strong.

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Photo of georgeaaron
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This RI has a smoothness to it that mask the alcohol. The coffee flavors are dark and of good quality. If you like strong stouts that are heavy on dark nearly burnt coffee beans, like me, you'll probably enjoy this beer. I did. However if you not huge on the style the coffee may be a bit much. A few other ones I prefer more but still an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). No dicernable bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of fluffy tan head. A thin layer persists, leaving several thin trails of lace.

Smells of mochaccino, earth, sugary sweetness and a strange note of dirty laundry. Coffee and chocolate are definitely the predominant aromas.

Flavors include sharply bitter black coffee, chocolate, cherry pits, burnt sugars, faint vanilla and a little bit of alcohol. All-in-all this is a solid blend.

Creamy, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The finish maintains the near-distracting coffee bitterness along with cocoa, burnt caramel and vague vanilla.

War & Peace is an enjoyable coffee stout. The coffee flavor, while good, was just too bitter for my preferences. This hasn't replaced any of my favorites but I won't shy away if it comes my way again.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant deep dark brown under a ¼” tan head that clings to the side of the glass.
S: Roast, malt coffee and chocolate, a hint off alcohol, not much hop.
T: Very creamy rich coffee and chocolate with raisins and other dark dried fruit.
F: Full bodied with fine soft carbonation, creamy and satiating.
O: Balanced towards the malt and roast. Quite common on tap around here and for that I am happy.

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Photo of willyburz
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smoothest flavor imperial stout Ive had, high alc content, but solid flavor thats not overpowered. Probably the best coffee base stout Ive ever had. Quality stuff!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

War and peace pours a black color with a big tan head. There is a big roasted coffee flavor and aroma. Very smooth, easy to drink and still big flavors. Overall big coffee flavors, high quality coffee, great roasted backbone.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was surprised by this one. Along with the traditional stout aromas of coffee and chocolate, this one has a powerful presence of hazelnuts, both in smell and in taste. It is not bad thing, as I rather like hazelnuts. A really great tipple , even as spring is springing it retains its drinkability. Calls me back to the good things of winter.

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Photo of mnbrewery
3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly astringent finish, from grain or hops or coffee or all the above? They mention the beer sits on the coffee beans for a WEEK! Too long!!! I am guessing some of the overbearing bitterness/astringency is coming from the beans!

This beer screams for more oats! Not smooth at all

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Fulton's Worthy Adversary Imperial Stout aged on whole dark roast coffee beans from Peace Coffee. The regular version of the stout is O.K. in my book, but not in my favorites. This is 9.5% ABV, so most definitely a sipper! The day after Winterfest this year Sj and I hung around Minneapolis and ended up walking into Fulton's tap room randomly on the release day for this beer. That was a happy experience and we were able to talk with one of the brewer/owners and also try samples of the Peace Coffee they were serving that day. I bought my allotment of beers that day, but there are still some to be found around the twin cities right now.

Aroma: Sweet cocoa and roasted dark grains are dominant. I get a slight yeasty aroma as well. As it warms I get more coffee and even some dark fruit aromas.

Appearance: This is nearly opaque and black as night. A fine tan head that fades quickly.

Flavor: Sweet malted milk and chocolate up front that drifts off to a bittersweet chocolate off-dry finish. Dark roast espresso coffee comes in on the second sip and lingers after the finish. A hint of dark cherry as it warms and some caramel as well. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than many RIS beers. The end is nearly astringent. Mild alcohol warming effect.

Overall: For me this is Fulton's best beer by far. The coffee flavors in this ratchet up the complexity and make this far better than the Worthy Adversary. In a milder beer the dark roast beans would make this astringent and undrinkable, but I think they hit the balance just right for my tastes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours dark brown or damn close to black. Head is also impressive. Dark brown head leaves lines of thick lacing.

S-The use of coffee in this beer really shows up in the nose. A genuine aroma of cold, dark roast coffee with a shot of espresso. There is chocolate and roast as well but the coffee wins out.

T-I find he aroma to be more impressive. The coffee and espresso is still in there full frontal but the beer finishes a bit weird. The cold, black coffee comes first then a solid additions of bitter roast and dark chocolate. But then the coffee seems to fade off and the the finish is a bit unattractive.

M-Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Medium bitterness. Alcohol hidden well.

O-A very tasty brew with a bunch of coffee. However the finish is a little bit odd and I am having trouble explaining why. That is really to only downside to this beer.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JebSinger for this one. Relatively fresh bottle, so I am excited to crack it open.
So, this pours a legit pitch black. A tan head dissapates pretty quickly. Leaving no lacing, which I found surprising. First sniff is a big boozy one. With hints of roastiness.
Mouth feel is chewy, but not overly so. Like it has the feel you expect from a RIS, BUT, it leaves a clean feel, unlike similar beers.
Taste is pretty impressive. Right up front, a nice roasted coffee flavor. Strong, but not over baring, but slightly bitter. A sweetness then rolls to the side of your tongue. A little bit of smokiness then comes in the aftertaste. Overall, it mixes really well together. Nothing over powers anything else. Not overly z sweet like some RIS, nor pointlessly bitter from the roast or over hopping.
Great beer grab it for a nice, 8 degree night

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Josh. Thanks dude! Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, partial cap, and tiny specks of lacing. Black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - It's definitely coffee-infused, with supplemental notes of roast, dark chocolate, and caramel. The combination of coffee and sweetness definitely has it verging towards 'double-double' territory rather than straight black coffee.

T - Coffee is a bit more faded in the flavor profile (not sure when this bottle was released). Malt and grain character emerges, with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, a light dash of molasses, and a hint of smoke.

M - Chewy, sticky, medium-full body, with a light grittiness in the finish and a low level of lingering stickiness. Minimal alcohol presence.

D - A serviceable medium-high ABV coffee stout that is pretty easy to down for the style. I've been slightly underwhelmed by the Fulton offerings I've had; solid beers, no doubt, but not consistent with the high ratings I've seen. Would try this again on-tap if I knew it was fresh, but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Lasts quite a while. Very wispy with a medium collar..

Smell - The coffee has a sharp aroma. Green peppery. Some chocolate.

Taste - Strong coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee isn't as peppery, but it's still got that green flavor. Strong dark chocolate. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body. Sharp coffee flavor.

Overall - Nothing subtle here. Decent though.

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Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a very dark brown, black in the glass with a 1/4 finger of light tan head that rises from the depths.

Smell. Sweet dark roasted coffee and roasty dark malts, a light nuttiness and just a hint of dark chocolate, anise and vanilla. Very inviting.

Taste. Dark coffee is the predominant flavour along with dark roasted and lightly smokey malts. Fairly sweet with some creamy flavour that goes well with the coffee. Light, almost grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body and just a touch sticky, low+ creamy smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. A very enjoyable big coffee stout.

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War And Peace from Fulton Beer
92 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.