War And Peace | Fulton Beer

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Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States

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

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Photo of darktronica
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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Photo of Cfred371
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of bsp77
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coffee, molasses and chocolate aroma. Taste is driven by cold press espresso, with molasses, dark fruit and burnt molasses. Very creamy body with low carbonation. While full bodied, it is lighter than expected. Excellent Imperial Stout but I prefer their standard Worthy Adversary.

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

I love the rich coffee roast dimension to this. It is not a sharp coffee or Java flavor but almost a hazelnut creamer added type of coffee. Stumpy stout characteristics blend nicely.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent coffee stout, coffee on the nose, taste follows but without the typical heavy coffee bitterness that ruins so many coffee stouts for me. Decent mouthfeel and overall excellent.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malt, and some dark chocolate notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and thick. Finishes with coffee and roast. Nicely done.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a snifter at the Red Cow, dark black with a 2 finger thick khaki head that sticks around with very good retention and leaves some good lacing. Big coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, nuts and earthy hops on the nose, and the taste follows. The coffee works really well here...also more nutty than many imp stouts, and it works for me. A little boozy burn, but still quite smooth. Good stuff.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with one finger light brown head. Aroma is mostly coffee bean with a little chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is very coffee forward with some dark chocolate and malty sweetness, the finish is fairly bitter for the style, but it works with the rest of the beer. Overall this is a great beer, but there are a ton of stouts in this class that are readily available. I'll have a few in my fridge every release but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. If you see it buy it because it's on par with other great shelf imperial stouts and I feel it's absolutely a killer deal at $12 a four pack.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours completely black, with no opacity, and with a rather small head.

Nose is full of sweet chocolate, and lactose. The coffee is emphasized in the bottle description, yet surprisingly little comes through in the nose. Still most excellent, but it smells more of a Milk/Sweet Stout than a Russian Imperial.

The taste is definitely more bitter than the smell, but I still find it more complex than 'just' being a coffee stout. All the taste elements of coffee are here, I just feel like War & Peace manages to emulate coffee not by making a beer that might be confused with coffee (like the Surly Coffee Bender), but by capturing the essence of coffee in beer form.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pour black with a finger of brown head
S: sweet malt and dark fruit
T: again sweet malt, nice dark fruit notes and coffee. Very drinkable and well balanced.
F: medium thickness, very smooth.
O: what a nice surprise, pretty good stout.

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Photo of Ri0
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Obsidian with a big 2.5 finger brown head. Minimal retention and a thin ring clings to the glass. Some spotty lacing on the glass. I pick up big roasty malts and massive aromas of dark coffee. The coffee smell is amazing and like a fresh ground bag. Also some bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee provide a nice sweetness. Flavor of bold espresso, with mocha, and dark chocolate. The middle finds the sweetness of caramel and it finishes with a bitter light fruity bite. Creamy, rich and smooth with thick body. Great RIS with an amazing espresso flavor.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better coffee beers I've had. Very heavy coffee stout flavor. Fairly viscous mouthfeel. Would love to see this barrel aged. Definitely would love to drink again.

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Photo of AaronTX
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, scent of coffee. I'm not a fan of Imperial Stouts but this beer is excellent. It was part of my Rare Beer Club shipment, and one of the best beers I received. Well done Fulton.

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Photo of atone315
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of coffee stouts when all that coffee "bitterness" comes through. IMO, a one-note beer that's not to my liking....but then again, I dont like coffee. Other than that, a damn fine beer. Go ahead and try this one, you may not agree with me.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Dark chocolate, moderate coffee presence and a bit of smoke. Also some booze detected plus some nuttiness...ah, that's what it is: peanut butter.

T- Big roasty character at first and then some sweetness comes in to balance. Notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, more peanut butter mild caramel. Once the palate acclimates, things get dangerously drinkable as the roast evens out and the coffee steps forward to bring some extra flavor. There's also some hop bitterness that comes out as it warms.

M- Somewhat creamy and very thick. Medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- A very bold but complex and tasty RIS. The coffee works as more of a complementary ingredient rather than a main component but I'm not complaining since this is pretty much a world-class stout as is.

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Photo of jlindros
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big beer of the night, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a nice big creamy rich dark colored 2 finger head plus thick head, ridiculous lacing everywhere. Pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose is very enjoyable, fresh roasted coffee, fluffy nougat, dark cocoa, so much fresh earthy roasted coffee, fudgey like coffee, dark mild charred roasty malt, little caramel, chewy, very well balanced and strong at the same time, fluffy nougat carafa.

Taste brings a mild sweet malt, super dark malt, fluffy nougat carafa, caramel, little candy notes, little marshmallow even. Then fudgey cocoa, chewy fudge and cocoa, plenty of nice coffee, earthy nutty coffee, bright earthy coffee, mild bitterness from roasted malt and mild earthy hops. Nice fresh coffee overall, smooth rich coffee. Nice dark mild roasty malts, dark fudgey cocoa malts, plenty of ris in there, typical anise ris notes. Finish is drier, lingering toasted malt notes, fudgey cocoa, and plenty of fresh roasted coffee.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, no real booze, decent carb.

Overall very nice, great fresh coffee but still keeps the awesome base ris beer in tact just added nice fresh coffee.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brought to Concert #3 of Fare Thee Well by Jim. Many thanks.
Worthy Adversary with coffee. And boy is there coffee. It masks, somewhat but more than necessary, the RIS. Better blending as it warms. The coffee flavors and aroma are nice. Like freshly ground coffee. Smooth drinking with an average mouthfeel - not quite soft or big enough, but nice. Good blending overall

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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark oily black with a fat mocha head that fades to leave nice lacing and creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark fruits, roast malts, strong decent quality coffee, chocolate, good aromas, no booze really.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of dark fruits, licorice, char, roast malts, really good coffee notes. Rich and earthy, nutty coffee. Very rich.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely creamy, lightly carbonated. Smooth, silky.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, loads of coffee. Quite good. Big surprise!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and black, as any stout should be. Minimal head that dissolves quickly but leaves a ring of carbonation and surface bubbles until the last drop.

Whoa boy is this loaded with coffee. Freshly ground. Brownies. Very robust aroma.

The flavor is loaded with coffee. Iced mocha. Coffee and fudge.

Thick and creamy, moderate carbonation.

It's an amazing beer. If you like coffee stouts (I mean, how could you not,) this is one worth seeking out. It's not overly complex but the coffee/chocolate combo is executed perfectly.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thick and fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer smells of, you guessed it, coffee. I get dark fruit as well. Dogs and plumbs. Some sweet caramel and molasses also.

This beer tastes the same as it smells. Coffee and sweet caramel. Some roasted malt flavor.

This beer is surprisingly smooth for its 9.5% ABV. It leaves a fresh coffee aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is great! Thanks to Sarah for it. Probably one of the best beer I have had recently.

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

Appearance: Gloopy! Heavy! Glugs out a jet black body with a thin, beige head that was a little hard to scare up being a few centimeters.

Smell: W+P is loaded with richly roasty, coffee aromas, backed by dark chocolate, molasses and a bit of sweet caramel with lighter touches of dark fruit, alcohol and ground spice.

Taste: Deeply roasty with bright coffee flavors, bitterish dark chocolate and sulphured molasses. Some dark fruitiness present, a little spicy anise. Underlying bitterness beneath the dense maltiness. Touch of alcohol. Drying, bitterish, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Damnably chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: From the get-go, this one looked like it was right up my alley and it was.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans along with notes of dark roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. It does a remarkable job at masking the alcohol from the taste. I liked how the coffee was incorporated and helped to take an edge off the roasted and bitter flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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

No bottling date spied, I think this came out in March or April?

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall, dense, very dark brown head. Great head retention as it sticks around forever. Moderate lacing left behind when it finally does fade.

S: Coffee. Lots of it. Fresh ground and sharp. Mildly sweet and chocolatey, like mocha. I assume the base roasted malt is creating this wonderful combination. Touch of char in there too.

T: Much like the nose: coffee and lots of it. Smooth and creamy initially. Not as sharp and bitter as I expected but more of an acidic and earthy taste. Lots of burnt pretzel and bittersweet chocolate in there. Bittersweet chocolate stands strong in the finish, leading into a final burst of coffee aftertaste. Lots of bittersweet everything in the aftertaste, including a nice charry flavor. Not smoky, charry. Like burnt bread.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth and then very bittersweet in the finish and aftertaste.

O: Nice coffee RIS. It doesn't have that over-the-top, in-your-face coffee up front (west coast IPA style?) but the coffee is still very strong. Just primarily in the finish and aftertaste. Loads of earthy, bittersweet flavors in this one. Great combination of baker's chocolate, coffee and char in the second half of the taste. Starts out smooth and ends strong.

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