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Throwback Fat Alberta Imperial Stout - Throwback Brewery

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59 Ratings

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 20.6%

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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fat Alberta is a flavorful, chocolate peanut butter imperial stout that will make your taste buds sing! Even if you think you don’t like stouts or dark beers, we bet that Fat Alberta will win you over with her rich, chocolate roasty flavors and her intoxicating peanut butter aroma & finish. It’s a dessert in itself!

For the foodies out there, there are a lot of creative ways to use this beer. Make an ice cream float. Add Alberta to your brownies. Make your own ice cream flavored with Alberta! Let us know what you come up with!

78 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-10-2011)
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Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick black with a 1 inch soft/fluffy brown/cream colored head. The head disappears rather quickly and thins out to a thin outer ring around the glass.

Aroma - Smells of chocolate and peanut butter with a bit of roasted malts as well. Unable to detect any of the hop flavors that you make expect from a 78 IBU beer.

Taste - Peanuts up front followed by roasted chocolates. Slight bit of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy to start. As the beer warms up, the body becomes a little bit thinner and feels smoother/silkier on the tongue. Tends to leave a sticky sensation around the month as well.

Overall - A good beer from a local brewery. Worth a try, but not a must have each year it is released.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 17:21:41 | More by ChrisL24481
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4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice, midnight black with no light coming through. It pours with a head of tiny bubbles the color of a nice sandy khaki, bordering on orange. The head is a light scrim but still has a little height to it, and it leaves lines of thin and droopy lacing along the glass. The beer’s body is completely indistinguishable due to the beer’s dark coloring. On the nose, the beer smells of deep roasty peanuts with a nice touch of chocolate. The peanut smell is tremendously strong, tipping briefly into vegetal notes with touches of briny salt. It’s not the best smell right as it hits your nostrils, but as you smell further it becomes quite inviting. On the tongue the beer tastes chocolate sweet with a roasty bitter balance to the beer, and some slight saltiness from the peanuts. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet chocolate, which is immediately muscled aside by rich, homemade peanut butter flavors. I say homemade because the actually nutty flavor of the peanuts is beautifully present beside the richer flavors of cream. Salt and touches of herbal grass are also present on the tongue, but the peanuts are the main flavor here, and they are gracefully blanketed by a light flavor of milk chocolate. The finish is big peanuts, salt, and then a lingering creamy chocolate flavor that creates the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels thick and creamy in body with a nice chewy mouthfeel and a soft, velvety carbonation with just a light bite. The mouth is left wet, but peanut dry on the very middle of the tongue. My only complaint is that I want this beer a little thicker. Overall, this is a hell of a unique beer. A peanut lovers’ beer for sure, with enough chocolate to interest the Reese’s lovers, too. It makes a great dessert beer, and would probably pair beautifully with vanilla ice cream. This is a beer for dessert, so don’t go trying to session it. Definitely a beer to try, and a great beer from Throwback.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:30:25 | More by Maxwell
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured the full bomber into an oversized mug.

Nice looking pour, that got better with time. The mocha colored head just wouldn't quit, and regenerated over the course of 1.5 hours of drinking this one. The body is a deep brown, pretty standard.

Aroma is literally like a freshly-cracked can of peanut butter. The deep peanut note is accompanied by a mild chocolate aroma, near to a peanut butter cup. Nice stuff.

The flavor proves to be true to the aroma and to the label. Pure peanut dominates, followed by a slight chocolate touch and very little booze accompaniment. The finish is just slightly hot, but for the most part, this is a dessert.

The big trouble with this brew is the thin body and mouthfeel. My palate fully expects these flavors to be accompanied by thickness and depth. But this brew is too thin for peanuts and chocolate. If it were heavier, and the booze showed itself a little more, we'd have a home run. As it is, it is surprisingly thin and meek given the flavor profile and ABV.

A nice beer overall. The flavor is held back only by a lack of thickness and umph in the body. Close to a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:25:35 | More by stonermouse
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Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle shared by EnronCFO. Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, quarter inch mocha-colored head that dissipates into a swirl and a slick. Nose expresses peanut butter, dark malts and a hint of oxidation. Taste is acidic, malty and oxidized. There is a definite dark fruit presence; however, the peanut butter disappears in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body and slightly acidic. Carbonation level is even from start to finish. I think this brew might have been quite tasty fresh; however, I feel like there may be some infection present. Not something I would sit on if I were you.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 20:55:48 | More by Jwale73
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to johnnnnie for this one!

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a very fizzy tan head that reduces rather quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Fantastic, just as advertised. Lots of peanuts and peanut butter with a little bit of chocolate and roasted malt mixed int.

T: The peanuts show up right away, but the rest of the flavor profile is a bit messy, some roasted malt and a very little bit of chocolate. The flavor is actually gone rather quickly with very little aftertaste. As others have mentioned, don't really see the IBUs.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little cloying.

O: The smells is great, but the flavor profile comes off a bit muddled and confusing. Would think that it would be nice off nitro.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:25:18 | More by mdaschaf
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3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a SMBDC Stout tasting thanks to Amy and Michael, but don't remember who brought this one.

No head, dark murky brown water colored.

nose peanut butter galore, salty peanuts, light chocolate, hint of brown malts.

Taste is more peanuts, peanut butter, light cocoa, sweet almost jelly like fruit, some bitterness, nutty malts, chewy but light creamy, earthy chewy hops, light caramel, hint of jelly fruit which may just be in my mind but I can't tell, and a little oily.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, decent carb, little oily.

Overall meh, way too big on peanuts that overpower everything, not sure on the jelly fruit but it could be there, just a hint of malts overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:47:27 | More by jlindros
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2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours jet black with a creamy mocha head that settles to a thick ring and spotty haze.
S - Yeah, this definitely smells like peanut butter. But not the sweet Jif/Skippy peanut butter, more like the organic stuff you buy at Whole Foods that's essentially *just* ground-up peanuts. A touch of bitter chocolate, a bit of smoke, and some roasted malt rounds out the nose. I love peanut butter, but I don't know about this...
T - Yeah, not...great. Oh, it certainly delivers on what it promises, I'm getting loads of roasted peanuts, some chocolate, malt, and (for some reason) cola, but it just doesn't work in a beer. Weird and more then a bit artificial tasting, with a slightly tart, pickle-brine finish. Ugh.
M - Mouthfeel really kills this for me, though. Syrupy and a bit sticky, with a medium body overall and too-high carbonation. Think chocolate-peanut-butter-pickle-brine soda and you have this beer. No thanks.
O - I dunno, this feels like more of a gimmick then a real effort at making a good beer. I enjoyed Uber Goober from Short's, stick with that if you want a peanut butter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:29:34 | More by jsanford
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a thin, quarter inch, light brown colored head. Aromas are very rich, and roll right off the beer and out of the glass. Heavy nose of peanuts, with a creamy character to it, and a strong, subtle coffee background. Smells pretty tasty. The flavors are very well blended, and not nearly as bitter as I was expecting. The peanut flavors become creamy and sweet, and the cocoa nib gives a slightly bitter balance, as does the roasted coffee flavors. Tastes like a Nutter Butter dunked in a cup of coffee that has been sitting on the counter all day. Good, sweet blast to a more subtle, stale bitterness. The beer is midbodied, with an overall dry feel, which works well with the flavor profile to avoid being cloying or overpowering. The aftertaste is more of the coffee bitter, with a touch of chocolate, and it remains strong and rich. The finish leaves a bit of the peanut flavors behind, as well as a slightly sugary profile. Decent beer, and very interesting flavor profile. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:56:49 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DamageInc537


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased two bottles from Throwback on the release date, November 20th. Had the first taste tonight.

Poured into a 12oz Throwback tuilp glass that i also purchased.

A- rich dark color, like a coke or a pepsi. Minimal head no lacing, not long lasting. has some leg, like a good burbon or whiskey

S- like peanutbutter, and a slight alcohol hint to the beer.

t- slight peanutbutter on the back end, a boozy/winey taste is the most prominent taste i get. lots of sweet, but not malty sweet. no bitterness to ofset sweetness. little to no chocolate flavor. lable says 78 IBUs, but i'm not getting that.

m- not much carbination,not a heavy beer by anymeans. pleasant mouthfeel thought.

o- not bad, going to share the 2nd bottle i'm sure or i might save it and go vertical with the next batch and see how it deviates.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:45:33 | More by DamageInc537
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2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a cola colored dark brown with a thin fizzy light tan head that fizzes away quicker than it can form. Basically, this looks like Pepsi.

So I'm really torn here. This smells like straight up peanut butter. Here's my issue, I like peanut butter. A lot. I eat it like ten times a week in some form but I'm not sure if I'm digging it in my beer. So, we'll hit the middle of the road here. Not bad but not great. Also, this has an artificial sweetener aroma that I just don't dig. I guess diet peanut butter cup is a good way to put it. I'm not even going to get into much detail here. This kind of taste like peanuts and cucumbers (somehow). I guess I can kind of taste some cocoa but this is just meh. Meh I say.

Lighter body here than I would like with ample carbonation. Overall just skip this one guys. This doesn't taste good. The best thing is the smell and it's simply because I like peanut butter. But honestly, if I want to sniff some peanut butter I just go to my kitchen and crack open the JIff.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:00:25 | More by Bendurgin
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks, Bendurgin, for sharing! Poured into a tulip. During the pour this fizzes like cola; the head disappears immediately.

The first whiff is all peanut butter. There is some malt sweetness detected the more time my nose spends in here, but this is mostly peanut butter.

The taste is a muddled delivery of sweet malt and peanut. This is for the most part alright, but the aftertaste is where the real horror begins. There is a vegetal flavor throughout and there isn't much bitterness to offset the sweetness.

This is kind of light for a stout with sharp instead of smooth carbonation.

Not good.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:59:52 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of Kinsman


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with an absolute pitch black stout body and a foamy but short-lived tan head.

Initial aroma provided strong chocolate and roasty notes but as those dispersed the peanut butter notes really started to come through. From this point forward it's almost all peanut with just a little room left for the cocoa.

I was a bit skeptical at first when buying this beer but am pleasantly to surprised to see it delivers on all accounts. Fearing that the peanut butter would be too strong, it's nice to have a strong roasted note to remind you this is a stout at heart. Cocoa nibs add their touch but aren't quite as sweet as expected and naturally pair well with the peanutty goodness.

Mouthfeel is thick but smooth and well rounded. Overall, this beer makes for a nice treat for dessert but it's boldness makes it a one and done kinda beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:27:59 | More by Kinsman
Photo of drouss48

New Hampshire

4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to get the last bottle at Berts. Poured into a tulip.

A- Rich dark brown, almost black. Beautiful brown head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S- Smells a bit more esthery than I expected, but when you get behind that initial booze smell it opens up to roasted peanuts, sweet cocoa nib, and malty goodness. The smell makes me think of the texture of of the peanut butter in a Recces Cup for some reason.

T- The roasted peanuts dominate, but not in an overpowering way. The toasted notes on the peanuts carry all the way from the front to back of the taste. They are mellowed, and complimented with the bitter sweetness of the nibs. This leaves the aftertaste of peanut butter...without being overtly peanut buttery. Its awesome!

M- The mouth feel is my favorite part of this beer. Its full, and complex, and as you drink it you can taste all the complexities of the beer as it moves from the front of your mouth all the way through the after taste. The after taste makes me feel as if I should have peanut skin stuck in my teeth.

I love this beer. I had been anticipating its release for sometime, and was not disappointed in the least. When I asked Bert what he thought he replied "have you ever had a Funny Bone?" That sums this beer up to me for some reason. However, I'd take Alberta over a Funny Bone every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:09:00 | More by drouss48
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose tulip.

A - Pours dark, dark brown when held to the light. Thin fizzy cap of dark tan foam blends to a collar around the edge of the glass. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Smells heavily of raosted peanuts, mild milk chocolate, a hit of licorice and just a touch of boozy alcohol. Was expecting a bit more complexity to show up here.

T - Peanuts are heavy on the first impression. Chocolate, licorice, mild booze as in the aroma follow. Also get some mild bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied...definitely not as thick as I'd expected to get out of this beer. Lightly sweet and chocolatey. Very nutty! Carbonation is on the light side and gives a creamy impression.

O - Overall - pretty good. Interesting nutty flavor - never had a beer with so much "peanuttyness"...Chocolate is there too, but doesn't really approach Reeses status. A bit thinner in body than I'd prefer and just a bit of booze.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 20:42:59 | More by portia99
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cracked this bottle tonight with a couple of friends.
Pours a pretty solid dark brown/Black color with a decent tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells like lots of peanuts and peanut butter right after the cap is popped. Some chocolate, hints of caramel and roast round out the aroma. Taste is again peanut butter and chocolate right up front. Burnt coffee, caramel, with hints of alcohol and dark sugar round out the flavor profile. This one claims 70+ Ibu's but I can't find much of that under all these layers. Medium to thick body, light to moderate level of carbonation with a thick sweet almost acridic mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer and it certainly gets points for being different. It is also quite tasty. I would have liked it a bit thicker in body and a bit less harsh with the roasted bitterness. I would drink it again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:49:03 | More by johnnnniee
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle, one of two bottles I got at the release, poured into my Bruery tulip after being chilled.

Appearance: Pitch black in color with a nice, creamy two finger head. Recedes into a nice lacing.

Aroma: Peanut dust and shell are definitely dominant in the nose. A touch of alcohol presence that really wanes as it warms. The peanut notes really assert far more than the chocolate.

Taste: Peanut butter and peanut shells are definitely there. A touch of bitter cocoa nibs and chocolate malt and caramel. I really am starting to enjoy this more as it warms. Really smooth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied, pretty spot on.

Overall, an interesting take on an imperial stout. Not sure if it comes together completely as I hoped, but I like it certainly. I definitely am looking forward to more new Throwback beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:43:34 | More by Gosox8787
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is chocolate and peanut, almost a Reese's peanut butter cup. Smooth, higher ABV is hidden, label has it at 10%. Expensive at $15.00 for a 22oz bottle from Throwback Brewery North Hampton, NH.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:08:11 | More by jdhilt
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