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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:
#1,427
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
351
pDev:
9.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
65
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of MichaelLamb
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of kraticus41
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of ImagenSeinfeld
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Djsaturn1
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coffee just doesn't meld well with the beer.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.09/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.11/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There was a little too much hop bite for a coffee stout. I wasn't a fan.

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Photo of assman79
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Lasts quite a while. Very wispy with a medium collar..

Smell - The coffee has a sharp aroma. Green peppery. Some chocolate.

Taste - Strong coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee isn't as peppery, but it's still got that green flavor. Strong dark chocolate. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body. Sharp coffee flavor.

Overall - Nothing subtle here. Decent though.

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Photo of Demi
3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rammed96
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of suckaj
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). No dicernable bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of fluffy tan head. A thin layer persists, leaving several thin trails of lace.

Smells of mochaccino, earth, sugary sweetness and a strange note of dirty laundry. Coffee and chocolate are definitely the predominant aromas.

Flavors include sharply bitter black coffee, chocolate, cherry pits, burnt sugars, faint vanilla and a little bit of alcohol. All-in-all this is a solid blend.

Creamy, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The finish maintains the near-distracting coffee bitterness along with cocoa, burnt caramel and vague vanilla.

War & Peace is an enjoyable coffee stout. The coffee flavor, while good, was just too bitter for my preferences. This hasn't replaced any of my favorites but I won't shy away if it comes my way again.

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3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly astringent finish, from grain or hops or coffee or all the above? They mention the beer sits on the coffee beans for a WEEK! Too long!!! I am guessing some of the overbearing bitterness/astringency is coming from the beans!

This beer screams for more oats! Not smooth at all

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Photo of FourBetter
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl. Poured into tall snifter type glass. Had two glasses.

A: Not quite oil black with a dark tan head. Head is less than a finger and dissipates quick taking some of the aroma with it. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and some roasted malt.

T: Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Hint of chocolate, did not detect much molasses or toasty flavors. Coffee really dominated.

M: Pleasant texture. Not overly carbonated. Smooth and rich like a typical RIP should be.

O: A fine RIP. I expected a bit more layering. But if you're having trouble deciding between a cup of coffee and a stout.. this is your beverage. Would be interested to see what this would be like barrell aged. Might add some needed complexity.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid cocoa and coffee presence in the aroma and flavor.

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3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an unbranded snifter/short stemmed tulip

Pours a viscous opaque black with an slight beige one and half finger head. Great retention, some splotchy lacing here and there. The nose is strong and bold: strong espresso, some dark fruit, and roasted malt. Espresso, bitter bakers chocolate, and hints of dark fruit with some booziness, bitter coffee and bittering hops on the finish. Low carbonation, big slick and slightly syrupy full body with creamy accents. This is a solid beer, however it also serves as a perfect example of how coffee doesn't always make a beer better. Although the coffee addition accents the roastiness of the base beer (Worthy Adversary) it also overwhelms the wonderful dark fruit flavors that the base beer delivers. In this case, the coffee actually creates a less complex brew when compared to the base beer. War and Peace is certainly a solid variant and enjoyable, however I'd take the infinitely more complex Worthy Adversary over this variant if given a choice.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and heavy soy sauce.

Taste is roast coffee with acidic bitterness, and hints of chocolate.

Overall, a good coffee stout, but not quite as well-blended with its flavors as some other coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought directly from the brewery. From a growler to my Southampton fishbowl.

Pours an opaque black. No denying it. Full two fingers of mocha head. It follows the exit signs and leaves the glass quickly. Was it something I said? I haven't seen an imperial with less lacing than this. We have a new leader.

Smell is coffee forward. Molasses and chocolate intertwine. Roast has a stake in the sniff too. Letting this mutha sit for a bit.... Picking up strong amounts of grain. Alcohol tinge. Doesn't burn my nose hairs, but it isn't appealing either. Swish the glass, coffee and roast come back to life.

First and foremost. I'm not getting the coffee I was wanting and hoping for here. Chocolate is the major player her. Dark chocolate, but not like a baker's chocolate. Zero bitterness. Roast is there but certainly not overpowering. For me this is pretty one dimensional.

Not very thick . Based on the appearance you would think so. Pretty creamy. Finishes smooth. Carbonation is perfect.

A good beer. Undecided as to whether I have let myself down, or this beer could vary batch batch. The base beer and the randallized version have opened new windows for me. This experience has been pretty ho hum. A good tick, but I would like to see the coffee take a more prominent role.

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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 ML bottle. I've found in general that Fulton's stuff on-tap is really good, in 12 oz. bottles mediocre, & in big bottles much better. Hope they get their full brewery up & running sooner rather than later, 'cause they make some good stuff. Split with my wife, pre-April snowstorm.

Pour is black-on-black with gobs of the fizzy stuff; big pop on opening. Nose is more espresso than coffe with big-dick coffee notes along with a rich sweetness from the notes, almost leaning into chocolate. Ha.

War & Peace bring a cold, cold bench press. Coffee notes are surprisingly tame at first, but build sip after sip like a good salsa. Tangled up like an Accounting Director's diction with the roast, so one can't tell where the malt starts & the coffee begins. Quarks of sweet malt & chocolate appear faster than the human taste buds can detect before vanishing. High note might be that this is very easy to sip fo' a big stout.

I like my coffee beers with something going on other than coffee - this is a one-note tuba. Coffee, roast, coffee, & more roast; would be nice to have something else going on, though what it does, it does well. Good beer.

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War And Peace from Fulton Beer
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