Fat Julian - The Actual Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bluejacket74:
4.01/5 rDev +13.6%
750 ml bottle. Label says 9.0% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch light tan head. The head stays around for a long time, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some milk chocolate and a bit of anise. It's just like the label says, a bittersweet imperial stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good imperial stout, I wouldn't mind picking up another bottle soon. It's always nice seeing another new local brewery bottle their products. This is the first Actual Brewing beer I've tried, and hopefully it won't be the last. $9.99 a bottle.
02-21-2014 23:44:31 | More by bluejacket74
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3.04/5 rDev -13.9%
Thanks to kgncfl for sending. I love trying obscure locals. This was consumed at the end of a long night of drinking, but I found this to be a bit muddled. A little hop, a little caramel, a little raisin, all adds up to a lot of confusion. Not quite a stout. Neutral recommendation from me.
05-26-2014 14:35:15 | More by lurpy1
2.74/5 rDev -22.4%
It pours black, as it should. For being an imperial stout, it falls way short. Yes it had high alcohol, but that was about all I could taste. It lack the dark, roasty, maltiness that I felt it should have. It was very thin, and left me wanting more. And not in a good way. Great label, but I would not recommend it.
03-03-2014 04:15:53 | More by lbernard3
3.25/5 rDev -7.9%
Bottle brought to me from Columbus, Ohio and shared with a group last evening in Raleigh.
Loved the label art, first off. Poured a nice rich brown, edging towards black; a little thin, head and lacing were all sub-par. The smell was more in tune with what I want in an imperial stout: rich, malty, vanilla flavors; some chocolate and coffee notes. The taste, however, was... unique. Not what I was expecting. It tastes like a funky brown ale, and yes, "funky" meaning tart. It's odd. Almost nothing you smell comes across in the taste, and it tastes nothing like a stout.
Final Thoughts: I had the lemongrass beer from Actual as well (also great art) and I enjoyed it, so my hopes were high here. I wouldn't seek this again in bottle form. Maybe they'll revisit its category or zero in on the recipe down the line.
08-20-2014 13:37:24 | More by BKRMKR
2.7/5 rDev -23.5%
APPEARANCE (2.5) - Poured from a bomber into a 12oz Coca-Cola glass, this "imperial stout" was noticeably thin and brown, not black. About half a finger of white foam drummed up and quickly retreated and left no lacing. Things are not off to a good start.
SMELL (4.25) - Okay, but, actually, this smells really, really good. Milk chocolate, vanilla, lightly roasted coffee, caramel, toffee, and a surprising amount of American-style hops; some sort of candied citrus and pine melded with the other sweet, malty notes in a surprisingly satisfying fashion that reminded me of Narwhal.
TASTE (2.5) - Not very good. Not like an imperial stout at all. Not even like a stout. It drank like a weak brown ale crossed with a scotch ale. Toffee and bitters were literally the only flavors present. Maybe some raisin. No chocolate, no pleasant dark fruits, no coffee or any other roastiness. I wasn't even able to pick up any of the hop character that was present in the nose.
MOUTHFEEL (2.0) - Very thin with prickly carbonation. Not exactly cola-like, because they did manage to achieve at least a little creaminess in the character of the beer, but the body I would best describe as on par with something like an Irish Dry Stout.
OVERALL (2.00) - A really poor example of the style, the worst I've ever had actually, and disregarding the style it's just not a very good beer to begin with. Somehow they were able to mask the 9% alcohol in this melange of mediocrity, so that's an achievement of some kind I guess.
05-04-2014 18:49:07 | More by BradenMK
Fat Julian from The Actual Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.