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The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 37
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of adamcarlson28
4.5/5  rDev +9%

adamcarlson28, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hopsiam14, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Gosox8787, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of ebenicr
4.5/5  rDev +9%

ebenicr, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of stealth
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

stealth, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of GeezLynn
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

GeezLynn, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

wdarcy77, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

SaxmanRick, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of MinnTwins
4.5/5  rDev +9%

MinnTwins, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of WoodburyMN
4.5/5  rDev +9%

WoodburyMN, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of NickSMpls
4.5/5  rDev +9%

NickSMpls, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.5/5  rDev +9%

MN_Beerticker, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

HoistinBrews, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of archi348
4/5  rDev -3.1%

archi348, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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 JJWIGHT
4/5  rDev -3.1%

JJWIGHT, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of runfoodrun
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

runfoodrun, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of joh02034
4/5  rDev -3.1%

joh02034, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of jjanega08
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

jjanega08, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

tuckerlikesbeer, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BillyLrsn, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

derkfromwi, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Oboogie, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

bsp77, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an opaque black (no light comes through with backlighting) with 1/2 inch dark mocha head that quickly recedes. (4.5)
S: Dark roasted caramel malt, chocolate malt, fig and other dark dried fruit, and a whiff of grassy hops. (4)
T: Dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted caramel malt, spicy rye, toasted grains, and grassy hops. Excellent balance and solid complexity. Dark dried fruit emerges with warming. (4.5)
M: Medium-heavy feel and full-bodied. Starts bittersweet and fairly smooth, then shifts and finishes dry and bitter. Slightly sticky sweet feel. (4)
D: Not as in-your-face as a lot of RISs out there...which in my book is a good thing. The ABV is a bit restrained 9.5% which avoids the overpowering boozy blast that can occur. A very solid brew...definitely recommended. (4.5)

A: Poured on-tap into tulip. Pours an opaque black with a thin dark mocha head that quickly recedes.
S: Amazing mix of smooth dark chocolate, bourbon, charred wood, and toasted grains. Hint of dark caramel malt and grassy hops.
T: Dark bitter chocolate, rye whiskey, charred wood, spicy hops, and a hint of vanilla. Dark dried fruit emerges with warming.
M: Medium-heavy feel. Smooth with a bit of creamy and bitter aspects. Dry and moderately bitter finish. Sticky sweet feel.
D: Excellent drinkability especially for style. The ABV of 9.5% hits the sweet spot. Good complexity and excellent balance. Highly recommended...seek it out!

mwilbur, Dec 30, 2012
The Worthy Adversary from Fulton Beer
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