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Throwback Fat Alberta Imperial Stout - Throwback Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 23
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.3%

JAHMUR, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Jason, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

jlindros, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

mdfb79, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -18%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Jwale73, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of jsanford
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

jsanford, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Todd, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Davepoolesque, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Kmlund, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Satchboogie, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

DonFrap, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

portia99, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

CelticAleMan, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

HattedClassic, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev +9.3%

smutty33, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

ChrisL24481, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Bendurgin
2/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Bendurgin, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Gosox8787, Nov 21, 2011
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Throwback Fat Alberta Imperial Stout from Throwback Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.