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The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 37
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Fulton Beer visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 03-29-2010)
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

refractor82, Feb 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

kscaldef, Jan 22, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep black with a couple fingers of dense dark brown head. The head slowly faded into a thick and lasting film that left streaks of thin lace down the glass.
S: Rich and potent notes of roasted malt, chocolate fudge, toasted nuts, roasted coconut, slight licorice, and boozy, hot, volatile alcohol.
T: Chocolate and roast dominates, with coconut, vanilla, caramel and fudge coming through in the finish. The aftertastes lingers forever with rich notes of chocolate, anise, and a bit of char. There's maybe a hint of roasted coffee in there as well. This beer is surprisingly bitter as well, and begins to become a chore to drink halfway through the bottle.
M: Medium body, soft carbonation, but the mouthfeel is boozy, hot, and definitely rough around the edges.
O: The anise, the bitterness, and the huge booze presence had it hard for me to love this beer. However, I think with a bit of age this would be fantastic. I could see what they were going for, it's just a bit rough around the edges.

scottfrie, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fulton's Worthy Adversary was the cask of the moment at the Groveland Tap in St. Paul, MN. I love sampling cask beers, and I looked forward to giving the Adversary a try. I was not disappointed.

Appearance: The cask was served in a 16 oz. glass. The color was dark and dense, just right for a Russian Imperial Stout. It was topped with about a finger width of tan foam.

Smell: The aroma was filled with chocolate and cherry notes and a slight hint of coffee.

Taste: It had a strong roasted flavor, quite sweet, and very light on the hops. I also detected a tad bit of chocolate on the first couple sips. The chocolate flavor seemed to be more apparent the more I drank. The high alcohol content (9.2%) was evident.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, almost a tad syrupy.

Drinkability: A pleasant cask experience, although it was a little too sweet for my taste. It would probably make a great dessert beer. I can even imagine an ice cream float prepared with the Worthy Adversary. Yum!

sonata2008, Feb 25, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a german style beer mug.

A: Black squared. One finger of head, hung around a while.

S: Sweet aroma with coffee and molasses.

T: Taste didn't quite live up to the smell. Not offensive with coffee and licorice (rather than the molasses or coffee I was hoping for after the smell lured me in).

M: Heavy and more syrupy than I expected.

O: Average. Starts out good and let's you down just a little bit. I would drink again, but might look at other options if available.

FourBetter, Jan 18, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours near black but I still call it dark brown. A thin, tan foaminess rises then settles quickly.

S-Surprisingly mild. It's also quite straightforward. I would like more intensity in the nose. Roast and chocolate with a bit of coffee.

T-Flavor definitely has more of the intensity I was hoping for. A solid amount of roastiness and bitter coffee. Some char and a bunch of bitter cocoa. Maybe some black licorice as well.

M-I want more body here. It's a tad too thin. Well carbonated and fairly bitter. A bit of heat.

O-Pretty decent. The flavors and aromas are right to style but they seem to not mix together as good as some. It's till a solid Russian Imperial Stout.

VelvetExtract, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

csmartin6, Jan 03, 2014
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The Worthy Adversary from Fulton Beer
92 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.