War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 57
Gots: 55 | 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 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.

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark oily black with only a slight hint of brown on the edges. Light amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that fades quickly leaving only a small thin patch. Lacing is light.

Smell: Big aroma of fresh coffee beans up front with lots of dark roasted malts. Big hints of dark chocolate and a considerable amount of molasses/sugars. Also some hints of nuts and a little bit of earthy hops. Smells bold with the coffee beans and chocolate being the dominate notes.

Taste: Big taste of fresh bitter coffee beans up front with lots of dark roasted malts. Lots of sweet dark chocolate along with molasses and a hint of nuts. Moderate presence of earthy hops adds some balancing bitterness in the back end. It all comes together great with the top quality coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. creamy and moderately sticky. A little bit of alcohol is felt but things are still pretty smooth.

Overall: A great coffee imperial stout. Fulton really knocked it out of the park here. The coffee and malts blend great.

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.

Photo of Snow81
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night

Smell: Rich burnt malts and strong coffee beans

Head: nice big head then small dark brown bubbles that lingers

Taste: hit of strong black coffee upfront, very malty, hints of chocolate in the back of palate at the end

Weight: nice and heavy, malty, rich, smooth, creamy and yummy like a Russian Imperial Stout should be

Finish: coffee was still there lingering for a bit but then hit the coco, very nice!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Extended pour barely yields a wisp of dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Beer is pitch black and super dense. Oily even. Lacing is sparse with average stick. Thick oily legs. Decent.

Big hints of iced mocha in the nose along with a sprinkling of smoked malt, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Aromatic and rich. Pretty straightforward though.

Opens rich chocolate, molasses, and robust coffee notes. Some light dark fruit, mocha and fudge towards the middle. Roasted and smoked malt complements the sweetness excellently. Ends sweet, molasses and more mocha. Not the most complex but the flavor is amazing. Aftertaste of iced coffee and chocolate. I'm very impressed by this one.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down robust and slick. Finishes messy with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Perfect.

I'm not surprised at how good this is given the base beer is incredible. That being said, War and Peace is very impressive and certainly one of the top coffee imperial stouts I've come across. The balance is there and the feel is top notch... which is all I really need. Do yourself a favor and seek out this under-the-radar brew.

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.

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.

Photo of morimech
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black, viscous liquid that forms a two finger head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing covers the glass after each sip.

Impressive aroma of fresh brewed coffee. The kind of coffee that opens the eyes and makes the mouth salavate. Also notes of roasted malt and chocolate but the coffee is the biggest player.

Little bit more beer-coffee balance in the flavor. The beer takes on more of a mocha flavor with the contribution of the malt. Bitterness is moderate that seems to come from the coffee. Light warming in the finish lets you know this beer packs a punch.

Big bodied and mildly carbonated. Soft, creamy texture that, even in a big stout, is much appreciated. Cannot find fault in the mouthfeel.

This is by far the best beer Fulton brews. Awesome coffee stout. My only criticism is that I wished in came in 12oz bottles and sold in 4-packs. The 750ml may be too much for one person in a sitting. I would rather enjoy it over several weekends instead of just one time, especially at the price this beer weighs in at.

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.

Photo of yamar68
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After having my fair share of Worthy Adversary, I'm very excited to try this one on for size.

It really does pour like a glass of dark roast - deep dark burnt coffee hues with a slight edge of mahogany clarity. (Mahogany is surprisingly hard to spell.) The half finger of khaki color head dissipates pretty quickly, resulting in a thin but stubborn collar that produces a decent amount of lacing, beading and legs.

Rich oily coffee bean wafts from the glass. Simple vanilla and milk chocolate, some dark bitter chocolate at the same time. It smells like a coffee grinder at work... great creme brulee type aromas with brownie and espresso.

The label reads "...you may forget that stout and coffee once existed without each other." That's an awfully accurate description. The big dark chocolate flavors of the base beer are tied seamlessly to a bitter coffee character that provides an honest representation of the quality coffee that this was brewed with.

This is fantastic. Pardon my French, but a part of me wishes that my homies at Fulton would cut the crap and start brewing stouts exclusively.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, borderline black - pours with a small, light tan head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Coffee beans with a side of ground coffee - tons of coffee with some dark chocolate - dark malts, chocolate malts - some dark caramel and ... nah, who am I kidding? This is all about the coffee

Taste: Chocolate covered coffee beans, or chocolate covered espresso beans, I'm not going to pretend to know the difference - tons and tons of coffee, and it's nice - some dark chocolate, and chocolate malts - some dark caramel and some sweet malts - very roasty (have I mentioned the coffee?), with some nice burnt malts - medium level of bitterness, mostly from the coffee)

Mouthfeel: More or less a full body, low carbonation, very smooth, kind of oily finish (in a coffee-like way)

Overall: War and RIP in Peace

So much coffee. And I'd describe this as a good thing. I wouldn't describe this as an IRS. It's all about the coffee. It's definitely tasty though.

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

Photo of CraigP83
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one has a definite coffee flavor but its also well balance and not overcome by the coffee. Roasty and chocolate notes in there too.

Photo of mwilbur
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely thick and dark brown with just a skim of dark mocha head.
S: Dark caramel malt, licorice, medium roast coffee, oak, and bourbon.
T: Ah ha! Here's the coffee...nicely front and center...comes across here as an excellent dark roast. Dark chocolate malt, butterscotch, and a hint of spicy hops. With warming, vanilla and oak come forward.
M: A solid medium body feel. Smooth with a hint of coffee bitterness. Excellent, lingering coffee finish.
D: Excellent for style. Decently complex and much easier to drink than I had imagined. Seek it out!

2015 vintage: Poured into War & Peace glass (small snifter).
A: Pours a substantial and thick super dark black (no light emerges with backlighting) with 1 inch dark mocha head. Decent retention. Dark beauty. (4.5)
S: Dark roast coffee shines through with dark chocolate, dark tobacco, old leather, and a whiff of bitter hops. The coffee note is better than before and there is more complexity too. (4.5)
T: Again, the dark roast coffee takes a first row seat. The coffee note is simply excellent. Supporting cast of dark bittersweet chocolate, dark tobacco, oak, and old leather. Bitter hops emerge half way through and become more prominent in the finish. (4.5)
M: Medium-heavy feel. Thick and slightly oily feel. Dark and sweet with bitter notes from the coffee and hops. Excellent balance. (4.5)
D: Excellent drinkability, especially for style. More coffee, complexity, and bitterness than previous tasting. A yearly offering I look forward to! (4.5)

Photo of FourBetter
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl. Poured into tall snifter type glass. Had two glasses.

A: Not quite oil black with a dark tan head. Head is less than a finger and dissipates quick taking some of the aroma with it. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and some roasted malt.

T: Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Hint of chocolate, did not detect much molasses or toasty flavors. Coffee really dominated.

M: Pleasant texture. Not overly carbonated. Smooth and rich like a typical RIP should be.

O: A fine RIP. I expected a bit more layering. But if you're having trouble deciding between a cup of coffee and a stout.. this is your beverage. Would be interested to see what this would be like barrell aged. Might add some needed complexity.

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!

Photo of chanokokoro
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an unbranded snifter/short stemmed tulip

Pours a viscous opaque black with an slight beige one and half finger head. Great retention, some splotchy lacing here and there. The nose is strong and bold: strong espresso, some dark fruit, and roasted malt. Espresso, bitter bakers chocolate, and hints of dark fruit with some booziness, bitter coffee and bittering hops on the finish. Low carbonation, big slick and slightly syrupy full body with creamy accents. This is a solid beer, however it also serves as a perfect example of how coffee doesn't always make a beer better. Although the coffee addition accents the roastiness of the base beer (Worthy Adversary) it also overwhelms the wonderful dark fruit flavors that the base beer delivers. In this case, the coffee actually creates a less complex brew when compared to the base beer. War and Peace is certainly a solid variant and enjoyable, however I'd take the infinitely more complex Worthy Adversary over this variant if given a choice.

Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, opaque black pour with a deep mocha head that dissipates quickly without lacing. Heaps of delicious dark roasted coffee, dark malt and richly chocolate nose. Very inviting. Taste is an interplay of dark roasted malt, bitterness of a dark roast coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Strong coffee presence fades into a pleasant mildly sweet chocolaty finish. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel and a bit lighter than expected body. Between Worthy Adversary and War & Peace, Fulton is brewing some excellent imperial stouts if nothing else.

Photo of doucmehu
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Happy Gnome. Reviewing based on this experience, but I have had this 2x before. Had this side-by-side with FBS on tap.

A: Tap to tulip, 10oz. Pours nearly pitch black with less than a finger of fizzy mocha head, which doesn't stick around long and leaves a flat looking beer. Almost no lacing. Doesn't look

S: Strong chocolate and smooth, sweetened coffee up front fades into some typical imperial stout notes of molasses and deep roasted malt.

T: Rich, smooth and tasty chocolate covered coffee beans up front. The roastiness usually found in a heavy coffee stout is lacking, but in a good way. There is some nice chicory and molasses near the end, reminding me of the well made base stout.

M: There is a really nice smoothness to this beer. Carbonation is mild, but enough to keep things lively. Silky and smooth going down, very little bitterness and no odd aftertaste.

O: This is a fantastic beer, I have loved it every time I had it. Compared to a "gold standard" coffee stout in FBS, I personally prefer this sweeter, much less bitter-roasted take on the style. Will seek out again.

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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I've been wanting to try this for a while, and now that it's in bottles that makes it much easier. First and only bottling so far. Tasted 6 April 2013.

Pours black and sludgy, thick, opaque. One finger of mocha tan head, good retention, decent lacing. A rougher pour yields two big fingers of head, longer retention, and much more substantial lacing.

Smell is nice, woody coffee. It's delicate but potent, and fully covers almost any stout presence in the smell. The only hint I get of the base is a woody roast and faint sweetness. Good, but I want more stout in it.

Taste is good. A rich, moderately sweet stout with a coffee topping. Molasses, nicely roasted (meaning not overdone) coffee grounds. Solid, but not amazing. The flavors are pretty well integrated, and hmm, kinda interesting. But falls way short of the top coffee imperial stouts like, for example, Speedway. I want more stout richness, more varied flavors, and for the coffee to bring more to the beer.

Feel is just a little odd. Not exactly thin, not exactly flat, but not working well for me. Oily. The carbonation takes a long time to build, and when it does, it takes longer to subside than I want it to. It's like everything is missing it's cue by a half-second.

This is a good beer. But as imperial stouts go, I don't find it to be anything special. Sweet, tasty, and the integration of the coffee is well-done. But somehow it's not adding up to wowing me.

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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to KWMiles/Minnesotaryan for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Black with a small tan head. Drops to a small collar. Leaves splotches and wisps of cap. No lacing. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Yup, coffee. Deeply roasted malts with a ton of roasted coffee. Burnt with some char. A ton of cocoa and bitter chocolate. Baker's chocolate. Negligible hop influence. It's all about the coffee and the crazy roasted malt profile. Coffee is nutty with some brighter citrus notes. Burn it so good.

Taste: Oh hey, coffee. Roasted coffee beans with none of the acrid bitterness. Smooth roasted profile with a hefty burnt and charred malt. Coffee dominates the flavor pushing some nutty elements over a crazy amount of cocoa and baker's chocolate. Women underlying malt sweetness, but it's really about the roast. Some hints of vanilla in the back. Hops have a mild herbal and citrus push.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth on the sip. A touch dry from the crazy roasted profile.

Overall: Dostoevsky Sparknotes.

Loaded with coffee andnburntnroasted malts. Charred, but Unlike it.

Photo of jimmah120
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml etched bottle with no date

look is a very dark brown/black with slight cola edges. small head fades to a long lasting mocha film. smell is coffee beans, oats, chocolate, red ale. taste is dry cocoa powder, spicy hops, bitter roasted coffee. low carbonation, hot alcohol, smooth smooth smooth and heavy.

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