War And Peace
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #101
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,685
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.24%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
409
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Fulton Beer
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
  76
SCORE
93
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Notes: War & Peace is a Russian Imperial Stout aged with Peace Coffee's Guatemalan Organic Dark Roast. We measure out a pound of whole beans per barrel of beer and add it directly to our tanks, then allow it to infuse for nearly a week. It's a combination so natural, you may forget that stout and coffee once existed without each other.
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Guess the Beer of the Month people had a bigger bottle made. 2018 edition, had 1/20/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of coffee, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, malt, some molasses, an herbal and smoky aroma. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, light caramel, kind of an herbal flavor. Fair amount of hop/malt/both? bitterness. Smooth, creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

A solid coffee stout, one I would have again, with very good flavors and aromas. There’s nothing special or unique here, but it’s very enjoyable.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 15, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This new to me brew pours a
rugged blackish brown with a very nice head of brown foam that
settles to a thick ring, and thin layer with some excellent lacing with
each sip. Nose of dark coffee, dark cocoa, char, and touches of
cream and brulee. Flavors nail it! Rich coffee, dark bakers chocolate,
and char dance about wafting layers of vanilla and cream with loads
of dark roasted malt and a hint of herbal bittering hops. Excellent
mouth feel; full body, smooth, rich, light carbonation, and a robust
roasted finish that lets one know they are enjoying a fine stout.

Overall----EXCELLENCE!

Cheers

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 2017 vintage.
Black colored body, with garnet colored back lit highlights. Half a finger of light tan head, which slowly recedes to a thin cap and ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, and still expresses the influence of the coffee infusion.
Taste of dark roasted malts and the dark roast coffee. Slight toffee and chocolate here, and a bit of prune, but mostly the coffee. Minimal bitterness in the after taste.
Fuller mouth feel. Smooth texture. Good carbonation.
A really good coffee infused stout. It makes me feel like I will be buzzed for awhile (from the coffee). Not complex but well blended.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve into a stout glass...

Pours dark, just shy of black and opaque. Pours just a tad thin for the style. Excellent two-finger tan head that quickly subsides in favor of good lacing.

The aroma is simple but classic, straight, and proper for the style. Roasted malts are delivered by coffee and chocolate in equal measure, with the chocolate providing a bit of nuance, with semi-sweet chips and chocolate cake batter both present. Just a hint of herbal/anise aroma.

The flavor skews a bit more bitter initially, than the nose, with plenty of astringent char, and dark/baker's chocolate flavors. However, the brew is well-balanced, particularly as it warms and opens, with plenty of "malt" counterpoint, even with the toasted grain notes. The booze is not as well-hidden as the best of the style, but it is present as a "warming" not a "burning" note.

The mouthfeel is rather thin for the style, but the carbonation level is excellent and the brew finishes well.

This is my favorite Fulton offering. It is a solid RIS that checks all of the boxes, particularly on the aroma front, even if it doesn't "wow" across the board.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Feb 09, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich, burnt aroma & flavor. Beautiful black color. Negligible head and carbonation (surely ok for some, but not for me). Part of me rebels at the deep charred character. But I go back to try again! It’s a love-hate thing.

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MonicaAJC from Pennsylvania, Dec 07, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoyed in a snifter.

Jet black, quick receding 1 inch mocha head. No lacing. Strong dark roast coffee, dark fruit and cocoa on the nose and palate. Not a complex beer but simply and flavorful. Mouthfeel is a tan thin but still works. Light, weakish carbonation. Very coffee forward with subtle sweetness. I enjoyed it and will gladly revisit.

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

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer pours a dark coffee brown color with minimal beige creamy textured foam. This foam begins fading quickly to a thin wispy island and narrow edge layer.
The aroma is dark fruit with some molasses and brown sugar and a bit of roasted malt note. I also get a little bit of anice mixed in on the nose. The first sip reveals an average body with slightly slick mouthfeel and fine spacious carbonation.
The flavor is roasted malt, molasses and some dark chocolate. I get a little anice and some brown sugar mmidway through and a lingering roast quality after the swallow.
The booze is well hidden for 9.5% and hops are absent.
A nice imperial stout that is very drinkable and roasty. Worth a try.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Sep 29, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: black body with a little bit of brown around the edges; head is a finger of frothy dark-tan foam; a darn good-looking beer.

Smell: very roasty and a little sweet. It's got a bit of vegetal character that seems to show up in roastier beers, but overall it's quite nice.

Taste: rich, roasty and tasty. The depth of flavor isn't huge, but it's a very capable and tasty imperial stout.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a slightly thin carbonation and not a lot of creaminess for the style. However, it's got an insane smoothness that makes up for its lack of creaminess and then some. Great!

Overall: I quite like this beer. It's not crazy complex or anything, but it's a good quaff.

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flagmantho from Washington, May 23, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Smell is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste follows nose with the addition of fig and prune this mixes well with the malts and coffee vert tasty. A hoppy stout with a roasty finish.

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gatornation from Minnesota, May 21, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hello Fulton Beer. The brewer is new to me and I am pretty happy that I bought this and another big stout from them. This is a style I love, and a great take on it.

It opens black and not very fizzy. Opaque. The aroma is malty, hoppy, coffee. The taste is a great roasty bitter experience, with tons of coffee flavor, perfectly complementing the thick stout. It sits on your tongue with a pile of well used calories. Alcohol is there, but the taste is overwhelmed by the roasty malts and coffee.

Highly recommended. Well crafted brew.

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Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas are solid, but pretty subtle and mild. Subtle hints of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Some dark fruits. The coffee aromas are mild and hard to pick up. The flavors are bolder than the nose. Solid bitterness. Solid roasted characteristics. Lots of chocolate. More hints of caramel. The coffee doesn't steal the show, but it's noticeable, especially in the finish. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid stout. I like it. The coffee might not be super aggressive, but it's definitely there. So even though it's not the craziest "coffee imperial stout", in my opinion, it's still a pretty good imperial stout. It's fun to drink and possibly even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Mar 29, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of unknown age into a tulip glass.

L: Pours jet black with 1+ finger of medium density tan head with good retention.

S: Nose, as expected, very heavy on the roasted attributes. Roasted coffee and roasted barley. Some subtle chocolate contributes as the beer warms.

T: Follows the nose well, perhaps greater prominence of the chocolate versus what comes through on the nose, hints of burnt caramel. Finishes with plenty of bitterness, lingers on the palate a bit with a drying effect.

F: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, lively on the tongue, some burn from the carbonation and perhaps the ABV.

O: A very nice coffee stout. I'd definitely get it again, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

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jakecattleco from California, Feb 25, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance – Thin layer of head over a clear nearly opaque brown body.

Aroma – Chocolate, dark fruits, figs, light roasted undertones, slightly sweet.

Taste – Strong roasted malt, bitter, burnt coffee and charred barley.

Mouthfeel – Full, slick yet it coated my tongue and hung on.

Overall – Too burnt for my liking.

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connecticutpoet from Connecticut, Feb 15, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, big brown head.

Smell: Black coffee.

Taste: Lots of black coffee, transitioning to more mocha flavored as it warmed. Full feel.

Overall: Worthy Adversary has been a favorite but hadn't tried War and Peace. I prefer the non-coffee Worthy Adversary. The coffee just overwhelms the base beer here instead of complementing it. It's still good, just buries the base beer when the base beer could really contribute a lot.

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Mdog from Minnesota, Jan 28, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Nice roasted coffee flavor with chocolate, toffee and caramel.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jan 26, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is suffering confusion, is it a RIS or imperial coffee stout. A very hard pour produced a weak one finger head. The head lacks retention and fizzles away quickly. The light tan head is airy and creamy. Sadly the head left no visible signs on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown and opaque.

A strong coffee aroma emits from the beer. The coffee is a dark roast coffee with notes of floral. Additional aromas in the beer are dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, wood, yeast, burnt sugar, and molasses.

The flavors of the beer are dark roasted malts, burnt sugar, molasses, dark roasted coffee, yeast, wood, dark chocolate, floral, and a char note.

The mouthfeel is viscous and chewy. The body of the beer is full, the carbonation is medium, and a long finish.

I enjoy the full bodied coffee flavors in the beer. This beer is not a RIS, but more an Imperial Stout with coffee. I appreciated the bold coffee and the additional flavor profile in the beer. This beer is better than average.

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Photo of cavedave
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A thick looking black pour with a finger of finely bubbled tan foam makes an attractive beer. Oily lace legs linger lasciviously.

Coffee, creamy sweet, rich dark chocolate notes, light notes of roast malt and caramel make a delicious medium strength arroma. Along the way faint hints of vanilla join.

Medium strength flavor, restrained coffee, less dark chocolate than in aroma, but it is very rich and full of flavor, also the roasty notes are apparent and add some bitterness, but in a similarly restrained way. Burnt caramel and a touch of hoppy bitter herb join the mix to close the sip dry.

Mouthfeel is medium in every respect, and has nice creamy characteristic, and just enough sweet in the finish to make this exceptionally tasty. I hate to ding this for a feature I think doesn't detract from this beer, but def. not as full bodied as optimal for a Russian Imperial

Very delicious coffee stout. Recommended.

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cavedave from New York, Dec 31, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, charcoal, raisin, cherry, fig, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, charcoal, raisin, cherry, fig, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/piney/peppery hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, vanilla, smoke, charcoal, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial coffee stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Very rich with balanced nutty/fruity coffee and black/roasted malt complexity; with a nice earthy/piney hop presence. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Nov 04, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is coffee, dark malts and spices. The flavor is coffee, dark malts, fruit/mild dark fruit and a mix of acidity and mild spiciness in the finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Jul 21, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Major points for its crystal obsidian black body that just shines like a freshly polished bowling ball. The head is very small, which is okay for the style, and has a thin 1/8" ring of beige bubbly head.

Aroma of a dusty coffee shop, with black, black grounds, french vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate/almonds.

Flavors of burnt toast, metal, roast coffee grounds, followed by faint yet delicate suggestions of vanilla and caramel. By and large it is very peppery with bitter toast crusts.

Feel is well within spec but not exactly thick or creamy. It's more in the coffee-stout league than a RIS. A touch too heavily carbonated for the Russian style. Mildly dry finish.

Overall, I skipped over Toonilla for this, in hindsight Toonilla might have been more up my alley. Thinking about aging it a bit to let the coffee fall off.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jul 06, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my buddy Terry for sharing one of these with me on his recent trip to Minneapolis. This was an impressive coffee stout. Perhaps I was so impressed because honestly, my expectations were not that high. No disrespect at all, I just wasn't expecting these kind of flavors based on the small samplings I've had from Fulton. I was just expecting a coffee stout like so many other breweries churn out. Decent but nothing on the wow levels. This beauty looks exactly like a stout should, Lots of carbonation in the pour. Dark as night with a beautiful half inch espresso colored head. I am a coffee stout guy but sometimes brews can be overkill with coffee and all you get is the bitterness and none of the roasty bean flavor or the balance is just shit. Too much of one or the other. But this was the opposite as I got alot of the roasty coating and only a hint of bitterness on the finish. Upon reading more about this Beer, it's aged on the coffee beans as opposed to being brewed and blended. I have attempted this with some home brews but have not been able to come close to the flavors they get out of this. The stout looks thin on appearance and I was expecting that to be its main flaw. But again to my surprise, full body taste. Medium body forsure. Coats the whole mouth and tongue with its warm caramel goodness. Definitely going to take my buddy up on a few more of these bottles and sit on them for some cold winter nights. I can see even more balance with some time. Cheers Terry!

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Dankacheese from Illinois, Apr 27, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm apparently in the minority opinion here, but I find War & Peace considerably less appealing than Worthy Adversary, which I assume is the base beer, given the identical style and ABV. The Guatemalan coffee adds too much earthy bitterness that muddies up the flavors from the base; I would have preferred a different coffee with more nuttiness or complementary aromatics to be used, personally.

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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one impressive coffee stout. Brewed with chocolate malt and conditioned on whole bean Peace coffee, the aromas and taste of dark chocolate and espresso dominate without overwhelming. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Excellent beer!

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rarigney from Washington, Mar 30, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed last April, and let it sit in my cellar.
Look: War and Peace pours a semi viscous dark brown, almost black, but the edges show signs of brown when put to a light. The head is a dark tan, what head shows up. Swirling does yield head though.

Smell: Straight forward coffee, but slightly muted, and I'm guessing that's due to aging. After swirling, chocolate makes an appearance as well.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, and a roasted malt finish. The taste is better than the smell, not an easy accomplishment usually.

Feel: Medium full to full bodied, some carbonation in there, and a finish that isn't especially dry. Good stuff.

Overall: Fresh, I remember not liking this, but after revisiting this beer I would definitely pick up another four pack. The taste and mouthfeel stand out to me.

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Cfred371 from Minnesota, Dec 05, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what a fantastic beverage! one of the best i have had from fulton, and thats saying something because these guys are killing it! imperial stout with coffee, aged on the beans not brewed and blended, pretty neat way to use the coffee, and as a result of this method the beer retains the earthy sweet roasty nature of the beans without it being broken down or watered down by grinding or brewing or whatever, more whole, more complete flavor and aroma from the coffee, but built in here seamlessly with the dark roasted barley malt and the bitter low end here, impressively deep. very little sweet malt in the middle, stays roasty all the way through. some warming alcohol, but i like it, its like a hug. lots of body, loads of coffee all the way through this, dark chocolate notes, burnt something, smooth though, very flavorful, a perfect snowy sunday morning beer, but pretty good in the fall too. fulton, at least in my mind, has risen to the top of the local beer scene here, everything they make is awesome, some of it very creative, and pretty affordable too. huge fan of these guys and of this beer!

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