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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,536
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
395
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
74
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 395 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of LXIXME
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonicaAJC
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of krl2112
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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 ElGallo
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmsfish
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjjn
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ian_graf
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of dubnation
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of akopczyk
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcsbeer
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakecattleco
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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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War And Peace from Fulton Beer
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 395 ratings