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War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 278
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 61
Gots: 57 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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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 brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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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 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 feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 mothman
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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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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Photo of jera1350
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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.

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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 birchstick
4.2/5  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).

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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 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 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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rerated on August 12, 2015. At the Happy Gnome. I love this beer. Move taste from 4.75 to 5.

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.

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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.

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