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The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

209 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%


Brewed by:
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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rphoffman

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decided to plow through an entire 750 ml bottle of this on Valentine's Day. It was a Christmas gift from my cousin. Otherwise this is a beer that I wouldn't be able to get in Wisconsin.

The pour into the glass was a little lighter in both consistency and color than some of the top end imperial stouts. The initial taste was very roasty but as I adjusted to that and it warmed, there were tastes of chocolate and dark fruits that started to come through. There was a slight harsh alcohol taste that would probably go away with some age on this beer.

A very good imperial stout but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:09:06 | More by mjpolzin
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date that I could find.

A: Thick black pour. Tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with quite good retention. Moderate thick splotchy lacing.

S: Big roasted malt character. Especially charry. Mild bitter, acrid coffee and cocoa. Touch of smoke and anise? Has an interesting chocolate milk aroma sometimes, almost with a lactose character (even though I believe this isn't a milk stout).

T: Strong, strong roasted malt character. Sweet milk chocolate up front with quite a bit of char. Turns into a bitter cocoa with a decent chunk of smoke. Touch of anise towards the finish. Finishes bitter with acrid coffee and baker's chocolate. Lingering smoky char and bitter coffee grinds.

M: Lower carbonation, heavy body. Thick and viscous.

O: A strong, sharp RIS for sure. Huge, borderline harsh roasted malt characteristics. Not overly boozy, just very bold flavors. Overall balanced, despite the strength. Really highlights roasted malts in general, no barrel aging or adjuncts. Still quite complex and delicious. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 05:15:15 | More by Dope
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle of "real beer". no date for this actual malted beverage.

glugs out pretty much black, small bubbly head. smell is dark malt and earthy hops. velvety smooth and chewy feel, low carbonation but not too low. taste is dark fruit, tobacco, licorice, cocoa, touch of oak, very sweet. Rubbing alcohol scent and taste come out as it warms.

I liked War & Peace better.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:10:15 | More by jimmah120
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a bunch of snifter tasters. No bottle date to be found....

A - Black as night with minimal head, maybe half finger and no lace to be found

S - This is my favorite aspect of the beer. Dark chocolate, black licorice, espresso shine through

T - Chocolate, milky creaminess, coffee bitterness, roasted malts, toffee, mild hops with a very noticeable ABV

M - Carbonation, some bitterness off the palate

O - A really solid RIS. I wish there was a bottle date because I would like to compare a fresh and aged one. Seems like the age would temper down the bitterness but who knows. Overall it's an impressive brew

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:42:15 | More by rjp217
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with a finger thick cap of rich mocha colored foam. Smells roasted malt, dried prunes, coffee, dark chocolate, figs, dates, raisins. Taste is rich dark chocolate, figs, espresso roasted coffee, roasted malt. A chocolaty sweetness attempts to develop though this is mostly checked by a wash of hop, coffee ground and dark chocolate bitterness. Nice creamy mouthfeel in a medium-heavy beer. Finish is lightly bitter and chocolate. Good stuff though not as complex as some of the bigger RIS out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:37:58 | More by JackieTH
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a solid black with a finger-and-a-half, light brown head. Creamy.

Aroma: Creamy, sweet chocolate, espresso, roast malts. Very aromatic, very nice. Perhaps a little sweet for the style?

Taste: Follows nose, roasty, slightly astringent malt character is much more evident. Doesn't quite live up to the expectations aroused by the aroma, which is truly excellent. Becomes smoother as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous, but almost a little light for a big RIS. Very smooth.

Overall: Very nice RIS. The first beer I've tried from Fulton, and I am very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:10:21 | More by jhawth
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a 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 cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and cocoa 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 nice cookie dough aroma that makes the smell slightly better than the taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:08:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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JRdaSconnie

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Year old 750mL bottle brought out for a going away party of a co-worker/fellow beer enthusiast. Poured into taster glasses after hours at our local brewpub.

A: Jet black, opaque with hint of weak coffee color along edges. Frothy buckskin head that falls into thin layer. Not much visible for carbonation.

S: Nice blend of roast, coffee-like malts, bready base malt, figs, overripe plums, and I pick up the anise/licorice too. Not boozy, no hops.

T: Similar to the nose, roasty without being abusive to the palate, base malt is more caramel now. Get some of the dark fruitiness again but as an undertone. Anise is there. Pleasing warmth and smooth finish.

M: Full but not heavy. I tend to like the viscous RIS's but this one works as is. Round mouthfeel that is balanced throughout only enhances the flavors. Not boozy but alcohol is there to cut the finish off clean.

O: Very pleasing RIS. Wish I could have had one to try young before this year old example. I would definitely buy again and age again. It is a very balanced beer that shows off what this great young brewery is capable of. Now I need to get some War & Peace to compare.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:05:46 | More by JRdaSconnie
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 1/5/13 cheers Rutager for yet another bottle of goodness

A I'm sounding like a broken record but its black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam with lots of unorganized lace, ends up as a paper thin film that still leaves lace

S straightforward but solid, dark fruit, coffee, milk chocolate, faint licorice and char

T chocolates slightly darker and I'm getting less dark fruit, a little booze and espresso compared to the coffee I was smelling

M not overly thick for the color but the bubbles give it some body, a little char and chocolate covered coffee beans on the finish

O dark fruits and dark roast, a good example of the style but nothing to really make it stand out, worth trying for sure but nothing about its going to change your life

I've been drinking so many great stouts lately its going to take something amazing to blow me away this week. Solid beer and one could call it a "mellow" RIS, hits all the spots though I suppose price would determine if I drank it on a regular basis or not

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:36:59 | More by wordemupg
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for yet another new one Steasy66 and another from Maximum12. Two fantastic traders from MN!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with half a finger of light brown head.

Smell. Dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla, some dark malts, and a little bit of roasted nuts, cherry and raisins.

Taste. Dark bittersweet chocolate, some dates and a bit of coffee. Some dry roasty bitterness and a bit of smoke in the finish and quite dry throughout.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, medium-low smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice RIS that isn't too sweet or sticky. I appreciate that and am enjoying this very much.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:31:26 | More by Rutager
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the last bottles I picked up at Lowry Hill before #2 moved on to other things.
From the distance of pouring had a really nice light fruity quality. Closer to the glass it became more rich, a little boozy, soft but prominent roast (coffee), and some darker fruits. Luscious.
Poured with minimal head. Very dark and black - hard to find any color on the edges.
For a fresher RIS has pretty good blending and some maturity to it-however it still has a little bite to it. Roast flavor and dryness on the finish. Even a little spiciness in time blending through the drink. Some darker fruits that seem to come and go.
Pretty heavy (both in appearance with pouring) and a reasonably chewy body. Carbonation is done nicely and doesn't take away from the smoothness of the drink. Feels a little bigger than the 9.5% and the alcohol flavors and nip seem a little bigger than that too.
Largely malt with even a fairly fresh bottle shows little hop flavors-although some appears to show later with a light "green" freshness. In time there is a vegetable quality to the aroma in particular that isn't so pleasant, but then it moved to some real deliciousness when I poured the bottom of the bottle. In sum an overall enjoyable beverage. Good to a little more than that.
I hate to say it but at $10 per bottle when there are (much) better others at that price for a 4-pack this one won't be at the top of my list of must buy beers.
This is the 100th review for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 04:24:25 | More by garymuchow
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for this bottle!

750 ml brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours an opaque black color with a rich, tan, thick and creamy head of three fingers. Retention is absurdly good for the high ABV (it didn't move for a good 10 minutes), and the head leaves sticky lacing as it recedes.

S - Rich chocolate malts alongside restrained coffee. Plum, licorice and raisin. Sweet chocolates are prominent. Deeply roasted malt body. A moderate strength and sweet aroma.

T - Forceful roasted malts and the same dark fruit notes I'd found on the nose dominate. ON the sweeter side, but surprisingly well balanced. Milk chocolate heavy. Subtle coffee when I look for it. A touch bitter on the finish. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Very well built but not entirely complex.

M - Creamy, thick and silky smooth. Perfect carbonation.

D - High quality and insanely drinkable. I'd love to have it again (or the BA version). I'd look forward to trying other Fulton beers if I'd be so lucky.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:02:28 | More by blakelive784
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to Audiophile for sending me this local goodie. I have to start this review with: OH MY GOD! This beer is amazing. I've drank a lot of renowned stouts lately, and this one is in my top 3.

A: Dark, completely opaque, but not quite oil-black. Nice tan coffee head, and beautiful lacing.

S: Dark fruit. Raisins and plums. But not too sickly sweet, but very sweet. Quite different smelling then tasting.

T: Oh man, this one is special. It follows the nose - dark fruits. Raisins and plums. However, you get that sweet coffee bite at the end of the sip, and chocolate and toasted malts. The 9.5% ABV is nearly invisible in this stout. Once again, this beer is a treat. The after taste is almost purely roasted malt. I need Audiophile to send me more!

M: This is by far the best mouth feel of any stout that I've ever had. I have drank BCBS, BCBCS, Dark Lord '10, Lil' B, and Williamsburg Cafe Royale in the past month. This one is sweeter than saccharine (not literally). Medium feel, not too heavy, not too light, just perfect. It's still full, and leaves a little 'thickness' in your mouth a few minutes after a sip. Once again, near impeccable.

O: This one is a rare one. Find anyone you know in Minnesota and beg them to search all their bottle shops for this. I'm not quite sure why I've never heard of it before, I asked Audiophile to find me a rare, local stout, and he couldn't have done any better. This beer deserves to be a hit. Out of the 5 aforementioned stouts, this one easily takes second behind BCBCS. If anything deserves to be named worthy adversary, it is this.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 06:34:23 | More by Phillyz
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Treebs - thanks Ryan! Served in a tulip.

A - Late-rising tan foam settles to a thin collar, and minimal lace. Very dark brown body that verges on black.

S - This is definite a 'classic' RIS, with hefty notes of roasted malts, anise, char, espresso, dark chocolate, and dark bread. Perhaps a hint of fruity English ale yeast in the periphery.

T - The taste is quite similar, with the aforementioned char, anise, a touch of smoke, and nearly burnt malts. Very low sweetness, with a bit of dark chocolate creeping through. Perhaps a touch harsh in the finish.

M - Medium-full body, dry, roasty texture, lower carbonation, and a touch of alcohol warmth. Pretty much what you'd expect from this style.

D - A solid, well-executed, RIS. Quite a bit different from the other ones you'd find available in the Minneapolis area, with its high attenuation and heavy emphasis on roast. Nice for a glass, but not something I could drink in large quantities due to palate fatigue.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 22:38:20 | More by MasterSki
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours opaque black with a one finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Viscous is an understatement; this brew is like motor oil and is definitely among the thickest RIS's I've had. Big roasted malt, roasted grain, and the deep aroma of mixed dark fruit. Huge robust roasted malt, roasted barley, and other grains joined midpalate by molasses, plums,, sticky sweet prunes and dried black cherry. Finishes with more robust roasted grain notes, combined with a strong bittering hop presence. As mentioned huge devastating full body, chewy, smooth with oily slickness, even some hints of creaminess. This brew is impressive and stands among the better RIS's that I've had. It's surprising that some reviews have referenced a lack of complexity. I find it to be extremely complex and incredibly satisfying. A Worthy Adversary indeed; prepare yourself before pouring a glass of this exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:25:30 | More by chanokokoro
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, a sick extra and local from laymansbeerfan (thanks!) split into pint glasses...

A: Dark red pour yields a nearly opaque brown with blood red tints...big Guinness-like brown head leaves minimal lacing.

S: Balanced nose with roasted malts and ample dark sweetness...malt, dark caramel, and milk chocolate. No alcohol detected...

T: Follows the nose, finishes with a coffee bitterness and a bit of drying alcohol...deeply roasted malt is almost burnt on the aftertaste.

MF: Medium body, dry-ish...lower carbonation.

O: Pretty straight-forward and one-dimensional. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 16:00:51 | More by Scotchboy
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Treebs

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to supercolter for the bottle. 750 ml bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark black color with brown edges. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Dark chocolate with a mild roasted malt body. Some light fruity yeast residuals. A little dark fruit.

T: The roasted malt presence is heavier in the taste. Bakers chocolate with a bitter espresso finish. A little char as well.

M: Medium bodied with a little bit of chew to it. Medium carbonation with a bitter roasted finish.

O: I really enjoyed this stout. Roasty and smooth with a little a chew to it. Nice chocolate and espresso notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 15:50:58 | More by Treebs
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to yamar68, poured into a snifter.

Pour: Super black body with a fantastic finger plus head. Some really nice sticky lacing and some definite legs as well.

Smell: Big roasted chocolate and a definite floral hop presence. Some bitterness even on the nose. A touch of molasses.

Taste: Really sticky chocolate and sweet toffee. Lots of floral hops again. Some bitter coffee. Sticky sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice velvety mouthfeel, but a definite bitterness throughout. Very sticky throughout.

Overall. A really nice creamy imperial stout. Rather one dimensional, but it highlighted all the aspects of a stout that I enjoy. Would definitely have a again, and I think this could be something special thrown into a barrel.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:08:12 | More by cfrances33
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL chilled bottle split with a friend and poured into some Sierra Nevada tulips.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with a nice, creamy mocha colored head. Plenty of carbonation on the first pour.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans upfront. A pretty strong background of dark fruits and caramel. Some light earthy tones from the hops weave in and out as well.

Taste: A bit more bitter than the aroma, the dark chocolate and coffee beans provide a really nice, roasted taste upfront. As it warms, the caramel and dark fruits in the background really balance out the bitterness well. There is definitely a touch of vanilla and some light pine bitterness in there as well. Really balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter than I would expect from an imperial stout. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a really tasty and balanced imperial stout. It doesn't have any features that stand out completely to set it apart, but it is well made and tasty. The coffee/chocolate pairs well with the sweetness of the background malts. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 14:50:26 | More by Gosox8787
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a modest tan head. Retention is not great.
S: Strong black licorice, light fruityness, milk chocolate.
T: Dominated by bracingly heavy char that lingers through entire sip. There's also a bit of dark fruit and cocoa apparent and more licorice. Pretty dry finish. As a whole, flavor comes off a bit simplistic and dull.
M: Body is full with light carbonation. Very thick, smooth feel is the strong point of the beer for me.

Overall, nothing I would consider a flaw. But as far as imperial stouts go, it was pretty unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 05:38:54 | More by GeezLynn
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zeff80

Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, brown head of foam. Sudsy lace.

S - It smelled roasty and chocolatey. Some coffee notes.

T - Roasty, dark chocolate, burnt molasses and rich coffee flavor. It tastes really great.

M - Crisp and smooth. A medium to full bodied stout.

O - This is a fantastic brew. Beginning to wish I brought one home to Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 17:53:30 | More by zeff80
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No known freshness dating.

A= Pours a very very thick looking black color with a thin skin of head slowly rising out of it. At first it looked flat but the head does slowly rise out with little retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is a wonderful nutty sort of roastyness to it. Coffee and a nice chocolatey sweetness to it. It has a sort of milk chocolate type aroma to it I think. There is an indescribale softness to it.

T= The taste is again wonderful. All the flavors in the nose come through as well as the sort of softness that I can't really describe. The roast is the most dominate flavor in the taste and the milk chocolate I got from the nose is still there. A really amazing beer.

M= Well done. Not nearly as flat as I expected.

O= From a brewery that I was a little dissapointed with at first this beer is a home run. This is just plain tasty. It's not the big over the top type imperial stouts that make the BA Top 100 but it's a well done beer which is Fulton's niche I think. This baby is good. The best from them I've had so far I would say. I was lucky enough to try a mint chocolate chip version of this at one point and it was mind blowing so I had high expectations. This meets those expectations. This actually may be one of my new favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:37:54 | More by jjanega08
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:25:54 | More by bsp77
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The Worthy Adversary from Fulton Beer
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