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War And Peace - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 281
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 22.09%
Wants: 61
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States | website

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 vette2006c5r
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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)

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Photo of tewaris
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Dan, thanks!

Vanilla, chocolate and malt blend perfectly in the aroma. Woody and charred overtones in the taste but nothing overwhelming --- just right and very smooth. Chocolaty, roasty, a light bite but as I mentioned, smooth. Medium body and low carbonation makes for a great drinking experience. Glad to have tried it since I missed it when it was released!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Snow81
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.58/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of mnphish
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of cmannes
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of mnbrewery
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
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

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War And Peace from Fulton Beer
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