Fatso | Good People Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
goodpeoplebeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A huge, viscous, full-bodied, dark as night, imperial stout yet somehow amazingly drinkable. Big aromas and flavors including dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and spiced rum. Not for the faint of heart. Big but surprisingly nimble, as it can compliment any course of a meal.

78 IBU

Added by Bonhoeffer on 06-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color that is topped by a creamy tan head that drapes webs of lace

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with dark fruit and resiny hop tones

Taste: Burnt black bread, up front, with a developing dark chocolate and raisiny character; fruity hops and more bitter chocolate join by mid-palate; after the swallow, the dark fruit flavor dominates with the bitter chocolate; a hint of espresso on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A different take on the style, with more fruit than most and a burnt taste that I am not crazy about; still, quite a nice beer

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a hearty-looking, near black body layered with a wispy, tan-hued head.

Smell: Roasty-scented aroma of chilled, concentrated coffee. Supporting malt notes of chocolate ganache, blackened barley, and licorice, with lesser hints of vanilla and good, wholesome chimney soot for a bit of smokiness. Ripe dark fruit character.

Taste: Roasty, coffee-toned maltiness with full tastes of dark chocolate, lightly smoked vanilla beans, and black licorice. Moderate degree of sweetness. Dark fruitiness yielding undertones of black cherry and prunes. Decent dose of hops provide, along with the roastiness, a solid balancing bitterness. Lingering taste of robust coffee beyond the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A mighty fine Imperial Stout from Alabama tha-- Geez Louise, who imagined we'd live to see the day we'd be able to say that.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deaconbluez for this one. Bottled in November '09, and apparently only sold at an Exxon station in Coosa County!? Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a thin ring and hazy film that is persistent and lingers indefinitely. The body is a very, very dark brown color.

S - Roasted malts, some smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla extract, peanut butter, and fruity esters.

T - The taste is fruitier - is there a Belgian yeast strain involved? Reese's peanut butter cups, smoke and char, burnt espresso, and a lightly bitter roasty finish. There's a faint hint of chalkiness mid-palate.

M - Considering the name, this is a little thinner than I expected, although when I see the ABV it makes more sense. Definitely medium in body, medium-low carbonation, and a little bit of warmth in the finish.

D - It's a very solid RIS, but it's probably only an A+ to poor Alabamans who have been deprived of quality local beers for years. Worth trying, but not worth trading the farm, even with the ridiculously low bottle counts. I'm curious about El Gordo though!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with a nice brown cap, good amount of bubbles and lacing remain

S: Big dark chocolate balanced with milk chocolate topped with fresh coffee beans. Very nice.

T: A nice blend of creamy milk chocolate upfront with a nice blend of bitter dark chocolate. Loads of coffee beans are there but not as prominent as the chocolate and roasted malts The taste is dry, creamy with a bitterining finish

M: Big body as this style should be but a little thin, fairly clean, lots of cocoa sit on the palate

O: Very good overall. No major complaints.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Alex for this super rare AL tick...A dark brown beer, bordering on black. There is a really creamy tan head that has great lasting power and good lacing. Looks good...The aroma is complex and subtle, a light caramel espresso coffee, then the finish is creamy hazelnuts. Shock is beginning to set in...Chocolate jumps at me on the front, lots of cherries, and a hint of smoke. Finish is not as successful as its becomes pretty bitter with alcohol, chalk, and coffee. A small overall acidic quality that is a little annoying...The beer is pretty thin, warm finish...Easy to drink.

I was expecting nothing out of this, but a pleasant surprised for a gas station beer. The AL worth trying if you can get a hold of it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 11 January 2012.

A: Two fingers of thick, creamy head. Absolutely black. Amazing! Little lacing.

S: Strong milk chocolate with a touch of roasted malt. Dry and haunting with a touch of hops.

T/M: Meh, a bit of a letdown. It's remarkably thin-bodied, sort of sliding down the throat with little fanfare. A touch of sour sweetness. The aftertaste is admittedly excellent; after the initial sour bittersweetness, there is long, lingering coffee and chocolate.

O: A decent Russian Imperial Stout, but not good enough to be recommendable. Good People's Coffee Oatmeal Stout is a better beer. What really puts me off is the strange tart-fruity bittersweetness that pervades the maintaste. Perhaps I just got a bad barrel, but I don't understand what the fuss is about.

Notes
ABV: 8.9%
IBU: 78
SRM: 86

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep coffee-brown sable with an average yellowish-tan head. Rich aroma is like a fine mocha and very attractive. Mocha-ish flavor is very pleasing, slightly sweet, and has an undertone of molasses. Texture is fizzy and jazzy, making for overall a very good stout.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer from Alabama, this should be good? Thanks to Alex for sharing.

A - Dark brown beer with a bit of a tan head that had nice retention.

S - Roasted malts, dark fruits, some nuts, little chocolate and coffee. Pretty pleasant, better than I was expecting.

T - Taste is relatively in line with the nose. Little more chocolate and some sweeter fruits than darker. Gets a little charry in there at the end.

M - A little thin, sickly-sweet finish.

O - Pretty solid beer actually, would drink it again, go Alabama?

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of oldvines
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nhudson for this rarity! From notes.

Pours thick and sludge-like. Head was a very light tan color. Milk chocolate comes through a lot in the aroma, with some charred notes, nice coffee, and molasses. Tastes more char and burnt, which I like. Bitter coffee and chocolate are very nice. Feels chewy and full. creamy and very low carbonation.

Great brew...I'd go to Bama to score it.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of richj1970
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz growler into snifter.

A: Pours midnight black with two finger mocha colored head with long retention and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and licorice.

T: Rich dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

M: Full bodied with a slightly creamy and bitter finish.

O: Very nice RIS. I would love to see this regularly bottled or canned.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fatso from Good People Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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