War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 253
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 61
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 DoctorRock
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on cask at 3 Squares.

Appearance- dark and chocolatey. This clings to the side of the glass like honey...thick and inviting.

Smell - Roasty sweet chocolate goodness

Taste - sweet and hoppy like a great RIS, but the addition of whole bean Peace coffee makes the finish taste like the best cup of black coffee.

This could possibly be the perfect beer. I think Fulton will do amazing things and I hope they bottle this next year so more people can enjoy it. (466 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (228 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of cmannes
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black, small creamy tan head. Reminds me of a good nitro Guinness pour.

Aroma: coffee, chocolate, burnt toffee.

Taste: Wow. Amazing smooth blend of coffee and rich malty chocolaty stout. It's really amazing how the flavors blend together into such a smooth taste.

Mouthfeel: Rich, velvety smoothness. The carb mixed with the flavors make it feel like the perfect hot chocolate or coffee.

Overall: I think this is my favorite beer ever. The blend of Imperial Stout and Coffee is truly amazing. The flavors start very coffee rich and quickly settle into a beautiful malty chocolaty goodness. The smoothness of the blend is amazing! I love this beer. (669 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes, on tap at The Muddy Pig.

A- Very dark black with an off white head, almost brownish white.

S- Coffee and roasted malt dominate the nose. Cannot wait to take the first sip.

T- Coffee. coffee, coffee with hints of sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the coffee. Hint of chocolate.

M- Thick, creamy, very nice what one would expect from a stout of this stature.

O- Beautiful Russian Imperial Stout. The coffee overrides everything else with teases of sweetness to attempt some sort of balance and order. Thankfully this winter has been especially long and bitter to justify this big ass stout. Cheers. (632 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Happy Gnome. Poured into a white wine glass.

Wow, what a wonderful beer. This beer is so smooth I had to ask if it was on a nitro tap. BTW, I dislike nitro because I believe it mutes a beer’s flavors, but that was not the case with this beer. An automatic new favorite. Watch out Ten Fidy!

A – Pours a slightly viscous black with a dense light brown frothy head. Beautiful light brown lacing.

S – Coffee, roasted malt, slight dark fruit.

T – Rich full roasty beer, not as heavy on the coffee as you might believe, slight alchol, slightly sweet.

MF – Smooth, full bodied, a bit of a bite in the finishbut not too bitter. (648 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, with a creamy tan head; nice stickage and lacing

Smell: Chocolate and coffee

Taste: The chocolate and coffee elements blend together from the get-go and build in intensity through mid-palate; a bit of roast creeps in, after the swallow, but the chocolate is dominant here

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice beer from a brewery that had barely scraped my consciousness (433 characters)

Photo of willyburz
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (168 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (437 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,556 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (605 characters)

Photo of brock146
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dark black, but not pitch black that fades to a brown tint.

S: Cold pressed coffee

T: Cold pressed coffee, tangy and sweet.

M: Creamy and smooth. Full bodied.

O: I was hesitant to buy this beer because of the hefty price tag but I'm glad that I did. Very tasty and better than I expected. I'd buy it again. (353 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Appearance is dark black with a light khaki 2 finger head and it leaves nice lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, loads of coffee, and chocolate.
Wow, this is a coffee bomb. Extremely fresh coffee, along with roasted malts, dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, and maybe a bit of oak.
Rich, creamy, heavy bodied beer.
If you like coffee this beer is for you. It tastes incredibly fresh like coffee beers should. I don't think this will get better over time but you never know. My new favorite Fulton offering, by a long shot! (561 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with a semi dense head that settles after a bit. Some decent lace. The nose is a bombardment of fresh roasted coffee with some alcohol. Coffee intense flavor with rich malts that produce plenty of sweetness, chocolate and roast. Full bodied and smooth. Outstanding beer that is intensely coffee but has sweetness to balance. A touch pricey, but these days what quality big beer isn't. This one is worth trying once for sure. (439 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,095 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fulton War & Peace Imperial Coffee Stout. Alc. 9.5% by Vol. 750 ml Real Beer. Fulton Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN.

This one was once upon a time only available in cask form, at special events. And here I am, the lucky recipient of a short-fill bottle. It hasn't been shipped to stores, yet, so far as I know. Yay, for me, and thanks to Fulton and Hohensteins for the gift. Let's open and drink!

Black as night, deep as the darkest depths, with a solid head of toasted brown foam resting atop.

Aroma: Coffee first, vast, rich espresso tones…full, forward, immense, and dominant. It's all about the coffee.

Taste: Boom, ba doom! Bitter espresso notes hit first, followed by cocoa, raspberry, raisins, rum…fat with flavor, full to bursting. Plump. Nearly juicy. Roasty and bitter, rewarding and triumphant.

I know I've enjoyed this in the past, but this is more, I lurve this one, I luff it with a capital F.

Each new sip brings more: more incredible bitterness, more anise, more coffee, more slightly sweet fruit. Just plain ol' nice.

Let's read the copy on the back label, under the Fulton & Peace Coffee logos and under the "Garage Series" banner: "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."

Nice. But no Lebowski references? Okay, but I do like the clever Russian reference to the classic Tolstoy novel. (1,609 characters)

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