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War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 50
Gots: 38 | 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 chanokokoro
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
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 BMart
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MADPolo
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of will1256
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Steimie
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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 joh02034
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of PieOhMy
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Flapinux
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of YalovaIA
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of jjanega08
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Garage Series with no freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a super thick black color with a nice thin skin of head on it that rises and falls fast to a thin ring around the glass.

S= The aroma is heavy coffee and chocolate. Quite a nice vanilla sort of aroma with some really great roastyness.

T= The taste is a great coffee flavor with a really nice imperial stout roastyness. It's really just a solid imperial stout. Really easy to drink and smooth. The coffee bitterness isn't overbearing but it makes itself known. A really smooth drinker and an excellent addition to the Fulton bottle line.

M= Super smooth and thick.

O= I've had this once before that was randalled through mint and chocolate chips. That beer was mind blowing. The base for it is no suprise. This is an excellent beer. Seek this beer out.

Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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 AndyP612
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of KWMiles
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of match1112
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of djschnabel
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hardy008
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

War And Peace from Fulton Beer
94 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.