War And Peace | Fulton Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States
fultonbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mothman on 03-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,346
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
364
pDev:
9.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
68
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 364 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of ckeegan04
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Scooter131313
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of colts9016
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Wheels2532
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acforster2
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cavedave
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzlyo
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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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War And Peace from Fulton Beer
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