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Imperial Stout - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
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

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Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-31-2013

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 16
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Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
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 Marius
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of Walu
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DaveBar
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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


Photo of Anze
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Harry_T
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of LampertLand
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 teddibrewski
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i mostly taste liquorice, not overpowering, but not the flavor im looking for

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of leitmotif
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of windypete
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of bark
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Imperial Stout from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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