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The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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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:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 03-29-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

05-26-2013 03:37:23 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.56/5  rDev -14%

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.

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

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-08-2013 02:17:57 | More by djrn2
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-01-2013 17:28:07 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-12-2014 08:46:45 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-08-2013 02:22:38 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-23-2013 01:33:07 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-31-2013 18:11:45 | More by GRG1313
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-13-2014 02:21:45 | More by kylehay2004
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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

01-10-2013 17:53:30 | More by zeff80
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-05-2013 22:38:20 | More by MasterSki
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

03-29-2010 06:39:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-13-2014 02:51:51 | More by oline73
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

04-11-2014 23:14:47 | More by mendvicdog
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

11-28-2013 01:46:06 | More by XmnwildX12
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-03-2013 18:38:13 | More by beernads
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-18-2013 06:41:05 | More by drewone
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-08-2014 03:32:06 | More by duceswild
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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).

03-06-2012 01:27:19 | More by mothman
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-01-2013 02:03:13 | More by tobelerone
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-07-2013 17:35:10 | More by drummermattie02
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-31-2014 14:30:30 | More by ShanePB
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Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%

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

05-02-2013 02:36:59 | More by wordemupg
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-20-2014 02:52:15 | More by KAF
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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