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Imperial Stout - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-31-2013

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Photo of Harry_T
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMBSH
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four bought as part of a mixed case.
Rather young at the moment (2014).
Very good - consistent high score.
I will review properly after some cellaring time.

Photo of LampertLand
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fueller's 'Imperial Stout' @ 10.7% , 500 ml bottle , 2013 vintage , cellared for a year
purchased for $8
A-pour is a dark brown/black from the bottle to almost black in the glass with a medium size tan head leaving a lace film along the snifter after every sip
S-surprisingly boozey
T-sweet raisin start , smooth & crisp , boozey finish
MF-decent carbonation , big full body , real big
Ov- wow , I love cellared beers , a must if you can find one
(and let it sit for at least a year) , patience , you will appreciate it later
prost LampertLand

Photo of peensteen
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walu
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevinlater
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into small snifter glass. "BEST BEFORE END 2023". enjoyed on january 11, 2015

a: pitch black with a finger of coffee-looking head

s: heavy roast and licorice presence in the front with sharp smoky-woody accents. blackcurrant, leather, and raisin afterwards

t: roasted/burnt malt, somewhat similar to toast. wood, licorice, raisin, smoke, leather, and bitter cocoa follow. the fruit flavours come forward as the beer warms, reminiscent of a grape jelly

m: medium-plus body, somewhat thick. mild carbonation

o: i like my imperial stouts to have more chocolate and coffee presence in them, but this is still a great and flavourful beer

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Centennial hops and rose buds

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp cap. Dark bistre brown body, clear, with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits, dark cherries, grapes, chocolate aromas, molasses and leather on the nose. Unique combination for the style and not sure if I like it or not.

TASTE: Leather, dark fruits, molasses and char up front, then a big and lingering finish of dark fruits, grapes, burnt grain, leather and sweet molasses. Some bitter chocolate provides some balance over a bed of spicy booze. Flavorful and unique, though not quite sure if it’s my thing.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: I can imagine that this is a rather accurate representation of the style in a historical sense. It has a lot of the aromas and flavors that seem to go with descriptions of original brews many moons ago. If I’m honest, I must say that these characteristics don’t always thrill me, but I can certainly say that this is a quality, well made, flavorful brew. Give it a chance if you see it. Cheers!

Photo of Shadman
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sampling this one after cellaring for one year. Can't think of a better Boxing Day treat.
Dark as night with no light able to penetrate the inky depths. Rich, creamy head and massive rings of tan lace.
Aroma consists mostly of dark molasses and rum. Very pleasing though.
Oh the taste. Absolute heaven. Dark toast coffee, dark chocolate in a oh so slightly rum like marinade. Not a single moment from sip to next sip that isn't an absolute joy.
Full feel without being too sweet and syrupy. Virtually no hint of the high Abv.

A fantastic beer that cellars extremely well.

Photo of mjacquard
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some charred notes, some hops and I can taste the floral/roses notes quite a bit.. I'm on the fence about it.


Overall - I could go either way with this beer. While I appreciate that it is a little different from the rest of the pack due to the floral notes, I kind of wish they hadn't included them. Either way, a very good beer that is worth picking up.

Photo of DaveBar
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $7.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 7deg in a tulip.

A- Opens super well pouring a dynamite head that is gone pretty quick. Super dark black.
RIS all the way

S- Lots of caramel, fig, malt, chocolate.

T- This is a good blend. The first snap is not so great but like a good mate it grows on you.

F- Not great but not bad. Enjoyable

O- Pretty good. Have a few for the cellar but may return a couple as this brew will not age at all. It is what it is and that is pretty good but not great. Can get $2.50/341ml brews better here in Canada for nice flavor.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with..... Any desert you can make with chocolate in it

Enjoy

Photo of nullbort
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the LCBO.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settles to a thick cap, thicker collar, and splotches of lace. Jet black body. Pretty impressive and vaguely ominous.

S - Surprisingly hop-forward, with good notes of smoke, roast, dark bread, dark fruits and vague umami. As it warms there's more cake and icing sugar flavors. Gets increasingly plummy as it warms, with a touch of alcohol coming out.

T - Chocolate, dark fruits, jammy. It's on the fruitier, British side of things, but it has a sweetness that is more American; less attenuated than other British RIS offerings. Some dark bread and soy linger into the finish, mingling with a touch of espresso. Not overly boozy.

M - Medium-full bodied, chewy, viscous, with light alcohol warming in the finish. Lingering stickiness on the palate.

D - Quite enjoyable. I easily finished the 500ml bottle over the course of an hour or so. Always nice to see a bigger brewery step up their game a notch. Reasonably priced too!

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of leitmotif
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Imperial Stout from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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