Fulton & Wood: Fassinator
Goose Island Beer Co.

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #189
Ranked #34,898
3.68 | pDev: 9.78%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Fulton & Wood: FassinatorFulton & Wood: Fassinator
Notes: Blonde doppelbock
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 51
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2016 vintage; drank 4/28/16 @ Jerry's Andersonville.

Cloudy orange appearance.

White head; decent lace.

Vanilla & dry earth notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dry earth & faint vanilla flavors up front; faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Dry & boozy; just OK.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours deep golden with suspended yeasties floating around; creamy ivory head holds good retention. Malty and spicy nose with hints of fruity esters as the label suggests. Sweet, malty flavors with notes of brown sugar, toffee, grain, caramel, and sultana with an earthy & spicy hop presence. Overly boozy and hot alcohol, fuller body, but harsh finish. Not terrible, but not as good as expected.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Fassinator is good for 3 reasons.
First, it is a creative take on the doppelbock... designed for the U.S. market. (More on that later.)
Second, it reminded me that I haven't been to the Fulton & Wood tasting room since it opened several years ago. (My bad.)
Third, Fassinator was so interesting that it prompted me to review GI's website... It is so impressive that I'm actually glad that AB InBev owns them because their capital has really raised the bar for the craft industry's marketing and, my good, its pairing with food. But this is a review about one beer....

Had at the 5th month after bottling (Best By date is 6 months), I feel like I caught this batch in its prime for me (I prefer it when the malts and sugars have had a chance to break down the hops, or mellow them.)
Fascinator's Looks make it an inviting beer: clear, a good initial head and a true blonde.
It certainly Smells malty, but really does not give me a notion of the hops to come.
Tastes initially are sweet malts. But then in a very controlled and seemingly deliberate way, the hops creep on to the palate.
Unfortunately, they stay there longer than I prefer. (I suppose the lesson is that 40 IBU can be mellowed with age, but not covered up.) The rest of the Feel is good, medium and not alcoholic; despite the 8%.
Overall: I will have this again and will look for it again. But I shouldn't wait until 2018 to get to Fulton & Wood.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight spicy hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight spicy hops, alcohol, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, complexity, feel, and aroma, but blend is off, and the body finishes with a unappealing metallic sharpness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a tan head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel malt, toffee and caramel. Nice sweet doppelbock with caramel and a mild bitterness.

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Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/10/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with solid clarity and lots of bubbles racing upwards; big chunky white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward with lots of bread and crackers. Mild hints of caramel. The flavors are pretty bold. The caramel comes through along with some hints of toffee. Some dark fruit in the mix. Mild bitterness. It's slightly sweet with a solid malt backbone. Finishes slightly warm with some mild alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy at all. There's a subtle spiciness. Slightly syrupy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's slick and slightly creamy. It's ultimately smooth.

This is a solid brew. It seems to drink bigger than it really is, but I don't consider that a bad thing. The "blonde" characteristics makes this come off more as a maibock than a doppelbock, in my opinion. Enjoyable stuff, I like it.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/10/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and light honey; with lighter notes of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity and bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and light honey; with lighter notes of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, honey, light banana/clove, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an outstanding blonde doppelbock! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Very rich in bready malt complexity; with complimenting yeast/hop notes in the background. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a darkish amber with a great looking small-bubble head and great lacing. The aroma is slightly metallic but mostly bready and sweet. The taste is also sweet and fruity. The bitterness comes out at the end. More fruitiness as the beer warms up. Medium body. Not an expert in dopplebocks but this one was overall OK.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy shade of golden with white head that settles into top layer with lacing adhering to glass
Started to describe aroma as bready but it's more yeasty like a Belgian but not in a sweet way
Nice malt flavor with the slightest fruit, maybe banana hint
This coats the mouth and throat
It is hard to see this as the same style as Celebrator with its plummy thickness, but for a blond this works Should this be a separate style?

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish-orange body with a big, semi-soapy white head that leaves a complex of lace. Nose and taste are both heavy on the malt flavors, both toasted, bready and raw, wet malt. In the battle between bitter and sweet the bitterness actually wins this one, but I lose, as both are malt-derived, my least favorite kind of each. The bitterness is without nuance and the sweetness seems dusty. The 8% alcohol also adds to the sweetness and the spice of the bitterness. The body is medium, slick with the dissolved compounds/sugars, and somewhat coarse carbonation.
This is probably a good doppelbock, so my rating might be too critical, but I just do not care for nearly pure malt flavor. I find its sweetness and bitterness somehow more distasteful than when they come from other sources. Apart from that, I appreciate the strength, and when it's all said and done it's a decent drinker.

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Photo of laketang
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours amber in color, nice white head, large bubbles
smells sweet , pungent, bready, banana
malty sweetness,low hop bitterness
fruity flavor
crisp and a very smooth drinker

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Photo of TheMintHippo
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time seeing this and it caught my eye as by the usual goose island offering.
Good looking colors. Smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all characteristically German. No strong or outstanding flavors.
Though not amazing or even different tasting it is a fine beer and at 8% a welcome release from the goose, smooth and poundable.

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Photo of steveh
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spied this one stashed away at an out-of-the-way retailer. Had heard it was back out, so I thought I'd give it a go -- being a German style I like a ton.

Bottled on January 10, 2017. Poured into my short Becher glass.

L -- Tall, dense, off-white head that holds up long and settles to a persistent cap through the duration of the drink leaving good lacing. Clear deep gold to apricot color.

S -- Sweetish malts, spicy hops and peppery alcohol.

T -- Sweet, toasted bread malts up front with spicy hops in the finish. Light peppery to phenolic alcohol in the aftertaste, but not hot or palate searing. Maybe the lightest of fruit character in the finish, but more from big malt use than hops or yeast strain.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft up front, turning to a dry finish. Body is medium-full.

O -- An excellent take on the style that doesn't pretend to be anything other than advertised. This beer is reminiscent of Capital's Blonde Doppelbock from years past. Worth a sample for all German-style beer lovers.

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Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle, this is the first time I've seen the beer. It has a golden-amber color, excellent clarity, and a soapy off-white head. The aroma is of bready malt...a bit of toast and more underlying earthy hops than expected. The taste is sweet, with (again) a little more hop bitterness than expected. Well situated, though, and the balance finish is lingering with lots of hop character. Full in body and enjoyable

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Photo of matjack85
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $7 for a pint glass.

The beer poured a medium gold color and made a ½-finger of white head that didn't last very long. Pretty good lacing for so short a head.

Very faint smell to this. Nothing offensive but barely any malt to speak of.

Initially malty sweet, but then a mild bitterness kicks in.

Medium body with higher than average carbonation.

I usually like Goose Island products but I'm not a fan of this bland offering.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at O'Toole's on April 22, 2016. Look is amber with a thin off-white head and sticky lacing. Smell is subtle hop and sweet malt aromas. Taste is slightly bitter hops and biscuit malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a slightly sweet but ultimately smooth finish.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2/11/16 Chicago ($7 12 oz draft pour at the GI Tap Room, chalice glass). Cloudy blond pour, light head, nominal lacing. Sweet scent, very light taste, thin crisp clean texture, easy drinking. Very light for my taste, despite higher ABV.

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