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Fearrington Winter | Fullsteam Brewery

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3.86
pDev:
16.84%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by oberon on 12-21-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 25
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A porter brewed with coffee and pecans.Had this at the tavern the other night.Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a few deep ruby highlights,a thinner head atop.Aromas of dark coffee roast,mild roasted nuts,and some brown sugar-like sweetness.Roasted flavors with drying earthy tones,there is a subtle pecan flavor with some molasses sweetness that stays in the background and never becomes too big.A nice porter that's pretty quaffable but has a nice deep roast to it.Well made.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of aleckpa
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tarheels4life23
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danfix99
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Nice sweet iced coffee aroma with some accompanying caramel, milk chocolate and vanilla notes.

T- Flavor is a bit more tame as the coffee and dark roasted malt work well together to create a balanced flavor profile. Somewhat bitter but also sweet and the flavors don't clash with each other. Nuttiness coming in on the aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A straightforward nutty coffee porter that's very drinkable while also being quite flavorful.

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Photo of Irish57
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly brewed coffee and pecan over the top of lighter aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of lightly roasted malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of freshly brewed coffee and light to moderate flavors of pecans with just a hint of brown sugar sweetness. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable, great beer for a cold evening here in November... The smell of this beer is fantastic and it tastes very good as well. Glad I grabbed this one when I found it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer, seemed like a good beer to drink while snowed in. Thanks to Beerness.

Pours a dark mocha colored 1/2 finger fizzy head that fades at a med pace, the fizzy nature of the head makes me think the abv is higher than it really is, leaves very little lacing, but a pitch black beer.

Nose is interesting, a nice mix of dark malts, coffee, and pecan. A nice dark malt base with little dakr chocolate, fudgey baker's chocolate, hint of roast, caramel, etc. Through that a big fresh coffee shines right through and increases the more I smell it, a med roast caramely like coffee without the big roasty punch or espresso heaviness. The pecan is there but lighter, a little candied pecan like aroma with mild toasty aroma. It also seems to have a bit of vanilla even.

Taste starts quite creamy, like loaded with oats and perhaps a bit of lactose, and layers of dark malts, plenty more dark chocolate and a little fudgey, cocoa as well, with bitterness that eventually comes through with some mild earthy hops and little from roast. Malts bring a bit of a roasty note but very little, as well as caramel and mild toastiness. Coffee is there but less than the nose had, a little fresh brewed coffee, fresh coffee grinds this time, again med to milder roast and probably cold extracted as I don't get that bitter acrid bite, with a touch of a roasty flavor. Pecans are also quite light, little toasty pecan note. Nice creamy dark malt porter finish, it dries a little but leaves a mild sticky feel, hard to tell ifit's lactose since it has that mild sticky feel but not that really dry lactose flavor or feel, a bit more dusty cocoa lingering with touch of coffee and caramel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fairly creamy, and lighter but decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, a nice porter to sit through the cold winter, not really warming or heavy, but nice dark malts and coffee without being too roasty or acrid, and some pecans add a nice touch although a little light.

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Photo of Keith27614
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of khargro2
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roywilliams
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MECove
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Mouthfeel--very bright
Color--deep, as a porter should be
Head / lacing--insignificant

Smells enticing but the actual flavor isn't smooth enough for me. Coffee is so strong, in general, that it hides the sweetness. The label describes it as "bold" and I would agree. Since I take coffee with lots of cream and sugar, perhaps I would have appreciated this beer with more mild beans. I'd prefer to get more hint of the pecan.

Still, Fullstream deserves bonus credit for being from my own region, Durham, NC, and for the awesome drawing on the bottle. "Georgia-based Win Crannell's pen-and-ink illustrations magically capture nature's majesty and fragility. Inspired by the pecan trees of Fearrington, we commissioned Win to pen four drawings of a single tree."

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Photo of jpro
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz from Salud... This beer sounded interesting and was the first Fullsteam beer I’ve had (I think). Pours brownish-black with a light mocha, thumb’s worth of fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts and coffee notes... Some sweetness in there, too - not really picking up much on the pecans... perhaps they’re a tad overshadowed by the coffee. Taste provides a bit more nuttiness, but still not quite what I was expecting, pecan-wise. Coffee is prevalent, along with black malt and light hop astringency / char acridity on the finish. Feel is pretty standard for a porter, although it does seem a tad thin. A nice, drinkable porter, overall.

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Photo of jaymo18
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bitter. Dry. Strong coffee notes.

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Photo of msscott1973
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Turns a Cisco fisheye pint glass very dark brown (SRM 31-34). A brief, thick, cascading head builds to a two-inch cream before slowly turning foamy, never quite settling. Lacing is spotty at best.

The aroma opens with sweet maple, followed by pecans. Coffee and cocoa are subtle, as is coconut.

The flavor is reminiscent of black iced coffee, with astringent bitterness and only a hint of pecans. With a lingering, modestly bitter finish, his one is far less complex than I had hoped. The warmth brings out roasted characteristics.

The body is full to medium with a chewy texture and modest drying alcohol.

Fearrington Winter is enjoyable, but lacks the lusciousness I look for in this style. It paired well with a good sirloin and had a beautiful label design.

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Fearrington Winter from Fullsteam Brewery
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