Imperial Stout - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.09/5 rDev +0.7%
500ml bottle, dubbed 'Fuller's Imperial Stout' in bottle conditioned format overseas, i.e. here in Alberta. At any rate, it's awesome to see this available here, so quickly upon release.
This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight basal cola highlights, and three fingers of weakly puffy, and densely foamy 'dark' beige head, which leaves a few instances of porous continental drift lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.
It smells of musty bittersweet cocoa, black licorice drops, red wine must, weirdly understated caramel malt, a subdued treacle/toffee sweetness, besotted black raisins, earthy noble hops, and a bristling, sharp booziness. The taste is rather large all around, starting with a big baker's chocolate sweetness, followed closely by a musty caramel malt, more semi-sweet salty anise, well-creamed workaday coffee, restrained earthy dark fruit, and a pleasant floral, somewhat spicy hoppiness.
The carbonation is well rendered, a bit frothy at best (worst?), the body a fairly rare full weight, and damned proud of it, with a lilting smoothness, the kind that challenges any and all to dare its provenance. It finishes on the sweet side, some Cadbury's chocolate, multifaceted caramel malt, and game licorice candy notes filling out the winning column nicely, aided by a threatening, but hardly scary booze warming.
A stellar example of the origin of the style, with a more New World idea of ABV, but that's neither here nor there at the present moment. Well-rounded, fruity, chocolaty, and not as hot as the north of 20-proof booze might have you expect. A pleasant surprise to gently sup during this early winter deep freeze we here up north are currently enduring with a stiff upper lip, all in advance of the yearly Christmas tree decorating event - the leftovers from this ensure that I don't have to drink any bloody eggnog, so extra points for that!
12-10-2013 05:17:55 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
4.44/5 rDev +9.4%
Hand-pulled half-pint into a bulbous 'Fullers' glass in The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham on 30th Oct 2013.
A thin wisp and collar sat on top of a dark, heavy looking body.
The nose confirmed this was going to be a heavy, rich brew. Port like esters hit my nose, slightly over roasted malts also appeared in the aroma: this has a great smell.
The taste was a mixture of sweet malty molasses that gave hints of chocolate, dark fruits, old red wine, Port and root liquorice sticks (remember those?).
The body was rich and heavy: did I already mention that?
Very sweet, very unhealthy, very alcoholic, very nice.
10-31-2013 11:58:53 | More by BlackHaddock
3.56/5 rDev -12.3%
The colour is black (110 EBC), the liquid clear (I think). The two finger head is airy and brown, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.
The smell is smooth with some alcohol, roasted malts and notes of oatmeal porridge and fresh dark rye bread. Some red berries and fruits, molasses and mild bitter flavours. It is quite mild, I think.
The taste is considerably more powerful: Smooth alcohol, salt liquorice, molasses, red berries, burned malt and soy sauce. The flavours goes well together. Full body. The aftertaste got hot almost burning alcohol, more salt liquorice, rubber, and some semi-sweet bread flavours, mostly pumpernickel and other German black bread. The finish is rather smooth and balanced with burned flavours, butterscotch and sour fruit candy.
The carbonation is medium strong, the many small short-lived bubbles are a bit sharp. The liquid is thick and creamy.
Not bad at all, lots of interesting flavours here. It is still a bit young and hot, though.
02-10-2014 19:43:20 | More by bark
3.71/5 rDev -8.6%
Look: Pours with thick, creamy, average sized mocha head. Has good retention; creamy, thick layer stays on top. Leaves fair amount of lacing. Clear, very dark brown (light amber hue), some carbonation noticed. Fair.
Smell: Some fresh dark fruity esters, bitter chocolate and light coffee. Booze - makes it a bit metallic. Earthy, herbal undertone that goes into a weird soy sauce-like salty character. Bit of sourness. Roast sweetness gets bigger and more pleasant as it warms up.
Taste: Medium burnt caramel and molasses sweetness that goes into chocolate, coffee and bitter booze notes. Still some esters play in the background. Ends with pleasant medium roasted coffee bitterness with some tingling booziness.
Mouthfeel: Full creamy body with the right amount of smooth carbonation. Soft but ends a bit spicy because of the alcohol sticking out.
Overall: As a fellow BA said: "still a bit young and hot". The booze will probably tune down in time and make this good beer a great one.
03-05-2014 21:52:05 | More by tmzl
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Released at Systembolaget, Sweden in november 2013. Best before end 2013.
Pich black beer that fills the glass like motoroil. The beigebrown head is two fingers high.
Nose: Vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, milk, butter, soy sauce, molasses and some alcohol.
Taste: Licorice, red berries, molasses, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
Medium carbonation and a full body.
03-26-2014 18:41:36 | More by craftbeersweden
Imperial Stout from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.