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War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 262
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
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 Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of mnbrewery
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
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 (287 characters)

Photo of FourBetter
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid cocoa and coffee presence in the aroma and flavor. (600 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought directly from the brewery. From a growler to my Southampton fishbowl.

Pours an opaque black. No denying it. Full two fingers of mocha head. It follows the exit signs and leaves the glass quickly. Was it something I said? I haven't seen an imperial with less lacing than this. We have a new leader.

Smell is coffee forward. Molasses and chocolate intertwine. Roast has a stake in the sniff too. Letting this mutha sit for a bit.... Picking up strong amounts of grain. Alcohol tinge. Doesn't burn my nose hairs, but it isn't appealing either. Swish the glass, coffee and roast come back to life.

First and foremost. I'm not getting the coffee I was wanting and hoping for here. Chocolate is the major player her. Dark chocolate, but not like a baker's chocolate. Zero bitterness. Roast is there but certainly not overpowering. For me this is pretty one dimensional.

Not very thick . Based on the appearance you would think so. Pretty creamy. Finishes smooth. Carbonation is perfect.

A good beer. Undecided as to whether I have let myself down, or this beer could vary batch batch. The base beer and the randallized version have opened new windows for me. This experience has been pretty ho hum. A good tick, but I would like to see the coffee take a more prominent role. (1,282 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 ML bottle. I've found in general that Fulton's stuff on-tap is really good, in 12 oz. bottles mediocre, & in big bottles much better. Hope they get their full brewery up & running sooner rather than later, 'cause they make some good stuff. Split with my wife, pre-April snowstorm.

Pour is black-on-black with gobs of the fizzy stuff; big pop on opening. Nose is more espresso than coffe with big-dick coffee notes along with a rich sweetness from the notes, almost leaning into chocolate. Ha.

War & Peace bring a cold, cold bench press. Coffee notes are surprisingly tame at first, but build sip after sip like a good salsa. Tangled up like an Accounting Director's diction with the roast, so one can't tell where the malt starts & the coffee begins. Quarks of sweet malt & chocolate appear faster than the human taste buds can detect before vanishing. High note might be that this is very easy to sip fo' a big stout.

I like my coffee beers with something going on other than coffee - this is a one-note tuba. Coffee, roast, coffee, & more roast; would be nice to have something else going on, though what it does, it does well. Good beer. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a one finger tan foamy head, which quickly fades to a collar and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has coffee, dark roasted malt, and some alcohol.

The taste has coffee, alcohol , dark roasted malt, and chocolate. There is a nice combination of sweetness from the chocolate and bitterness from the dark roasted malt and coffee. I just wish the alcohol was well hidden. The abv is 9.50 %, but it drinks like it is 11 - 12 %.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Nice smooth feel, but there is a fairly strong alcohol aftertaste. A good beer which would be better if the alcohol was better disguised. (628 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Jester King Chalice. Shared in line at KBS.

A: Pours a dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Roasted malts with a ground coffee bean note. Mild hints of sweet espresso with some pale sweet oats and a little dark fruits. Unsweetened chocolate as well.

T: Heavily roasted malts with espresso bean sweetness. Bitter coffee grounds with a mild dark fruit character. Some chocolaty notes as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Bitter and roasty finish.

O: Solid offering, although I prefer Worthy Adversary to this beer. The coffee bean was a little too bitter for my liking and needed another level of complexity to put this in the upper echelon of coffee beers. (810 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,435 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (377 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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 (853 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750ml from Aaron (thanks!) split into tulips with my brother.

A: Opaque black, light tan head with some lacing left behind.

S: Not quite in-your-face coffee (this bottle has a touch of age on it but not much), still nice underlying coffee/espresso notes with some darker caramel and malty sweetness. Hints of mocha too.

T: Follows the nose, coffee and espresso beans, some chocolate and roast, dark malt, again more underlying caramel as it warms.

MF: Creamier, medium-to-full body as it warms. More residual sweetness combined with lots of coffee bitterness.

O: A solid marriage of coffee and stout. Drinkable, with more than one thing going one, this beer has just enough sweetness to offset a big coffee presence.. Good stuff. (741 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a really nice chocolaty rim around the top of the glass. Nose is lots of coffee with some chocolates notes mixed in taste is similar. Starts off with tons of coffee that pretty much takes a hold of the pallet and doesn't let go, aside for some chocolate notes. Medium bodies with good carbonation. Really good coffee stout (I wouldn't call this an RIS). (378 characters)

Photo of georgeaaron
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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) (1,569 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at 2010 Firkin Fest

This is their Worthy Adversary with peace coffee

Pours a small fizzy head. Color is a dark brow, near black.

Aroma: Rich coffee right in your face. Chocolate, roasted matls. Some earthy hops as well. A very nice RIS.

Taste: Coffee, dark coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Very bittersweet, smooth, and refreshing for a stout. Low carbonation with a full body. Ends roasted with coffee, dry.

Overall, very solid RIS. I am really enjoying this and it is very drinkable. I was told they won't be brewing it again until next winter so I won't get to drink it until then. Worth a try for sure! (670 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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 (723 characters)

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War And Peace from Fulton Beer
93 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.