The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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92
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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 38
Gots: 65 | FT: 4
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 03-29-2010)
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

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.

Photo of PieOhMy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chanokokoro
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.

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PingBob
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
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.

Photo of Treebs
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.

Photo of cfrances33
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.

Photo of Mongo65
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of drop6301
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of taospowder
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of adamcarlson28
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Photo of ebenicr
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of stealth
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GeezLynn
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.

Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MinnTwins
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

The Worthy Adversary from Fulton Beer
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.