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The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

236 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 38
Gots: 53 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

t0rin0, May 26, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

nmann08, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Texasfan549, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cast in a classic ebon hue, in the glass, topeed with a rich, creamy, luscious head of tanned cocoa-toned foam. Really looks the part, though it could be tad darker, burnt, roastier...then, I'd know it was for real. Beautiful.

Creamy aroma, light, sweet chocolate, toffe, & nuts. Wish there was more in this department, it's squeeking a little too quietly for my liking. Nice enough, though.

In the mouth and on the palate, it fills the room, but doesn't dominate. There's chocolate here, carob, some some fig, a touch of dates, maybe...well, I'm not getting ash/charcoal/smoke,etc...it's dry, but not that roasty or burnt. Not too sweet, mind you, but, well, just doesn't reach the depths I like to dwell in when I dive into a great Imperial Stout. Tasty, for sure. Drinkable, (despit the unknown, but surely high abv.)yes.

Oh, wait, now...halfway into the glass, we're getting deeper and darker, more flavor's coming through. I'm liking it as a stout, but can't put it into the same league as the best Imperials out there, not yet, ...but, it's not far off, either. A bit more experience and tweaking, and this beer could be much beter. As it is, I do like it. Recommend it. Will continue to drink it, and while I do, try not to think of how little it's like Expedition, Darkness, or Old Rasputin.

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

oline73, Apr 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

drewone, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

duceswild, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Grumpys. $5 for a mug of this seemed like a legit deal to me. I had seconds fo sho.

Pours a tan head. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: A lot of coffee and chocolate. A nice amount of roast. Creamy and malty. Caramel with a bit of dark fruits/molasses mixed in.

Taste: A lot like the nose, but much more flavorful. The coffee flavors are awesome. I was quite surprised by how much flavor was actually here. A lot of chocolate and caramel with a little roast. Dark fruits again, but the malts are the highlights here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, this beer needs to be seen on tap at more bars and this beer needs to remain this price. Anytime I see this at the bar, I will be buying it. Very impressive offering. This is one of those local hidden gems (thank you darkness).

mothman, Mar 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ShanePB, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

tobelerone, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
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

wordemupg, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

drummermattie02, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Cynic-ale, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

KAF, Jul 20, 2014
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