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The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 37
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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Fulton Beer visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 03-29-2010)
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Reviews by UMNbeerhunter:
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

Reviewed from notes taken at the Minneapolis Republic. Poured from the tap into a pint glass on 6/25/11.

Pours as dark as night with 2 fingers of mocha colored head that dissipates leaving little lacing but a thick oily resin on the glass. Just a wonderful presentation.

Smell is tons of roasted malt and chocolate as well as an awesome mix of coffee. As it warms this beer gets better and better, with tons of chocolate goodness. Great smell as well.

Taste is the same as the smell and just as great. Tons of sweet roasted malt and chocolate as well as some coffee flavors. Wow what can I say just awesome.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate... It looks smells and tastes like an Imperial stout and it even leaves a nice choco/coffee resin on the pallet but it has a very nice carbonation and is so lite as far as weight and density. It really makes you want to drink more and is refreshing even though you are getting slammed with taste. Top notch.

Overall this is one of the best Imperial Stout's that I have ever had. In fact it is now my favorite stout. Yes even more so then Darkness, Dark Lord, or Abyss and I absolutely love Abyss. I can't wait until Fulton starts bottling their beers. This is an absolutely must have if you are ever in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

06-26-2011 20:23:05 | More by UMNbeerhunter
More User Reviews:
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-06-2012 07:44:03 | More by Schlais
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-03-2014 01:26:28 | More by csmartin6
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-05-2013 03:26:19 | More by ryancl
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with moderate tan head and light lacing rings.

Smell: Dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and a touch of coffee. Expected RIS aroma, but quite decadent.

Taste: Strong roasted backbone that does not have the burnt taste that some fresh Imperial Stouts do. Bittersweet chocolate, figs, plum, molasses and light coffee are nicely playing together. Finish has some light roasted bitterness, as well as a touch of citrus. Perfect balance.

Feel: Extremely smooth, creamy and velvety. Full bodied, with the carbonation in check. Slightly warming.

Overall: Wow, I did not know the Fulton crew had it in them, although I have admittedly only had Sweet Child O Vine and The Lonely Blonde. This is one of the better traditional Russian Imperial Stouts I have had, and it deserves more hype. Of course, I really don't want it to reach Darkness levels of hype, as it is nice to just stroll into a store and pick it up.

12-30-2012 21:25:54 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

09-29-2012 04:31:53 | More by NilocRellim
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Dave11899

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-19-2014 21:59:52 | More by Dave11899
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

On tap at The Republic in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a 12 oz. standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty much pitch black with only a slight bit of brown color shining through the edges of the glass. About a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin patchy layer. A fairly good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet aroma of dark roasted malts with hints of caramel, chocolate, molasses, anise, and a little coffee. Also a light hint of dark fruit in the background. Hops are very faint. Smells pretty roasty and fairly strong.

Taste: A pretty big roasty and sweet taste of dark malts with some caramel and big notes of chocolate and molasses. Also some anise, coffee, and a little dark fruit. Light taste of earthy hops in the background provides some balance to the sweetness. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side but still goes down fairly easy. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy and moderately sticky and syrupy. No real alcohol heat felt.

Overall: A very good take on an imperial stout. Bold taste and fairly easy to drink for such a big beer.

02-04-2012 00:34:33 | More by MattyG85
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-25-2013 21:30:54 | More by Cynic-ale
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-24-2013 15:45:05 | More by sgttibbs
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-30-2013 18:05:28 | More by striker2160
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-08-2013 02:22:38 | More by acurtis
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Shawner

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-16-2013 19:08:58 | More by Shawner
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2014 20:01:19 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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rphoffman

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

I had this beer for the first time yesterday at the Fulton Brewery. It was exceptional. It was served in a snifter, which was interesting and kind of charming. I noticed it looked a little thin, but the color was nice, very consistent, very dark, which I like. It smelled and tasted GREAT. It was not quite as thick as I was expecting, but very good. Very satisfying. The 9.5% ABV was noticeable, but it didn't hurt the flavor. I like a beer with some kick, so I loved that about it. All in all, one of my favorite beers, and something I will definitely enjoy many times again.

04-14-2014 02:28:33 | More by rphoffman
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-30-2012 22:40:47 | More by Oboogie
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7%

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a thick, pitch black. .5 finger dark cream colored head with moderate retention. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. Thin legs. Very solid.

Nose is roasted malt, liquorice, maple, smoke, and cocoa. A touch of maple bacon in there too. Nice. Moderately aromatic.

Opens liquorice, roast, cocoa, and chocolate. Leather, fudge and some prunes and other dark fruit and more liquorice in the middle. End is smoke and molasses sweetness. Aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Pretty good.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Bubbly and lively in the mouth and smooth and warm going down. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. Appropriate.

I've never heard of this beer before now so this was a pleasant surprise. There's a touch of a strange meat flavor in the nose and taste but it works with the dark chocolate, liquorice, and maple notes. Nice feel carries this one through pretty decently. Worth trying.

03-09-2013 04:19:46 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-19-2012 23:25:47 | More by Cooper
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-12-2013 05:14:29 | More by djschnabel
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-30-2013 15:03:13 | More by Bunuelian
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Very dark brown color with a dense, one finger brown head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a very thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Dark malt aroma. Not heavily roasted but more of a chocolate malt. Hints of cherries and grass.

Straight forward Russian Imperial Stout. Does not go into extreme regions like the big players that BAs love. Not hoppy, nor sweet. Just right down the middle. Chocolate notes with some fruity esters. A little grass and earth from the hops. Alcohol plays a role in the finish with some warmth and flavor.

Solid body with some superb carbonation. It is just hurt by the alcohol in the end that hurts the finish.

May not be a stout to seek out, but I am glad I had a chance to drink a bottle. I would say it is an approachable RIS.

12-23-2012 18:52:51 | More by morimech
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StPaulSchmitty

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-02-2014 04:23:58 | More by StPaulSchmitty
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-06-2013 20:30:53 | More by Danielr26
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-31-2013 18:11:45 | More by GRG1313
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-03-2013 01:03:14 | More by mscudder
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