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War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 44
Gots: 35 | FT: 5
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Fulton Beer visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mothman on 03-21-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.9%

djrn2, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -5.9%

nmann08, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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

brentk56, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 20, 2013
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.

feloniousmonk, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.9%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.9%

orangesol, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

mothman, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev 0%

drummermattie02, Aug 07, 2013
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.

maximum12, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev 0%

eawolff99, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

VelvetExtract, May 18, 2014
Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BMart, May 10, 2013
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.

morimech, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

jera1350, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of birchstick
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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).

birchstick, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Hanzo, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -5.9%

IrishColonial, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Rutager, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Herky21, Feb 04, 2014
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War And Peace from Fulton Beer
94 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.