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The Worthy Adversary - Fulton Beer

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 36
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TooGood, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

KarlHungus, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bigbeers84, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ATK, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

seangibbs60, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of beerguy23
4.75/5  rDev +15%

beerguy23, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Rudy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Rudy, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Tricerahops
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Tricerahops, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -3.1%

lupercmda, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of mjpolzin
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decided to plow through an entire 750 ml bottle of this on Valentine's Day. It was a Christmas gift from my cousin. Otherwise this is a beer that I wouldn't be able to get in Wisconsin.

The pour into the glass was a little lighter in both consistency and color than some of the top end imperial stouts. The initial taste was very roasty but as I adjusted to that and it warmed, there were tastes of chocolate and dark fruits that started to come through. There was a slight harsh alcohol taste that would probably go away with some age on this beer.

A very good imperial stout but not spectacular.

mjpolzin, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date that I could find.

A: Thick black pour. Tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with quite good retention. Moderate thick splotchy lacing.

S: Big roasted malt character. Especially charry. Mild bitter, acrid coffee and cocoa. Touch of smoke and anise? Has an interesting chocolate milk aroma sometimes, almost with a lactose character (even though I believe this isn't a milk stout).

T: Strong, strong roasted malt character. Sweet milk chocolate up front with quite a bit of char. Turns into a bitter cocoa with a decent chunk of smoke. Touch of anise towards the finish. Finishes bitter with acrid coffee and baker's chocolate. Lingering smoky char and bitter coffee grinds.

M: Lower carbonation, heavy body. Thick and viscous.

O: A strong, sharp RIS for sure. Huge, borderline harsh roasted malt characteristics. Not overly boozy, just very bold flavors. Overall balanced, despite the strength. Really highlights roasted malts in general, no barrel aging or adjuncts. Still quite complex and delicious. I really enjoyed this one.

Dope, Feb 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

refractor82, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DantheMan75, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of jimmah120
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle of "real beer". no date for this actual malted beverage.

glugs out pretty much black, small bubbly head. smell is dark malt and earthy hops. velvety smooth and chewy feel, low carbonation but not too low. taste is dark fruit, tobacco, licorice, cocoa, touch of oak, very sweet. Rubbing alcohol scent and taste come out as it warms.

I liked War & Peace better.

jimmah120, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

ShanePB, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

benjamincarter, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Pug, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

OnWisconsin, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

MacDonaldT84, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

kscaldef, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

threedaggers, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of rjp217
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a bunch of snifter tasters. No bottle date to be found....

A - Black as night with minimal head, maybe half finger and no lace to be found

S - This is my favorite aspect of the beer. Dark chocolate, black licorice, espresso shine through

T - Chocolate, milky creaminess, coffee bitterness, roasted malts, toffee, mild hops with a very noticeable ABV

M - Carbonation, some bitterness off the palate

O - A really solid RIS. I wish there was a bottle date because I would like to compare a fresh and aged one. Seems like the age would temper down the bitterness but who knows. Overall it's an impressive brew

rjp217, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with a finger thick cap of rich mocha colored foam. Smells roasted malt, dried prunes, coffee, dark chocolate, figs, dates, raisins. Taste is rich dark chocolate, figs, espresso roasted coffee, roasted malt. A chocolaty sweetness attempts to develop though this is mostly checked by a wash of hop, coffee ground and dark chocolate bitterness. Nice creamy mouthfeel in a medium-heavy beer. Finish is lightly bitter and chocolate. Good stuff though not as complex as some of the bigger RIS out there.

JackieTH, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

NeedBeerHere, Jan 14, 2014
The Worthy Adversary from Fulton Beer
92 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.