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Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States | website

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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67
Ratings:
310
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
21.33%
 
 
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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 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 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 feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fulton War & Peace Imperial Coffee Stout. Alc. 9.5% by Vol. 750 ml Real Beer. Fulton Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN.

This one was once upon a time only available in cask form, at special events. And here I am, the lucky recipient of a short-fill bottle. It hasn't been shipped to stores, yet, so far as I know. Yay, for me, and thanks to Fulton and Hohensteins for the gift. Let's open and drink!

Black as night, deep as the darkest depths, with a solid head of toasted brown foam resting atop.

Aroma: Coffee first, vast, rich espresso tones…full, forward, immense, and dominant. It's all about the coffee.

Taste: Boom, ba doom! Bitter espresso notes hit first, followed by cocoa, raspberry, raisins, rum…fat with flavor, full to bursting. Plump. Nearly juicy. Roasty and bitter, rewarding and triumphant.

I know I've enjoyed this in the past, but this is more, I lurve this one, I luff it with a capital F.

Each new sip brings more: more incredible bitterness, more anise, more coffee, more slightly sweet fruit. Just plain ol' nice.

Let's read the copy on the back label, under the Fulton & Peace Coffee logos and under the "Garage Series" banner: "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."

Nice. But no Lebowski references? Okay, but I do like the clever Russian reference to the classic Tolstoy novel.

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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 SpeedwayJim
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Extended pour barely yields a wisp of dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Beer is pitch black and super dense. Oily even. Lacing is sparse with average stick. Thick oily legs. Decent.

Big hints of iced mocha in the nose along with a sprinkling of smoked malt, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Aromatic and rich. Pretty straightforward though.

Opens rich chocolate, molasses, and robust coffee notes. Some light dark fruit, mocha and fudge towards the middle. Roasted and smoked malt complements the sweetness excellently. Ends sweet, molasses and more mocha. Not the most complex but the flavor is amazing. Aftertaste of iced coffee and chocolate. I'm very impressed by this one.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down robust and slick. Finishes messy with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Perfect.

I'm not surprised at how good this is given the base beer is incredible. That being said, War and Peace is very impressive and certainly one of the top coffee imperial stouts I've come across. The balance is there and the feel is top notch... which is all I really need. Do yourself a favor and seek out this under-the-radar brew.

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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 Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a very dark brown, black in the glass with a 1/4 finger of light tan head that rises from the depths.

Smell. Sweet dark roasted coffee and roasty dark malts, a light nuttiness and just a hint of dark chocolate, anise and vanilla. Very inviting.

Taste. Dark coffee is the predominant flavour along with dark roasted and lightly smokey malts. Fairly sweet with some creamy flavour that goes well with the coffee. Light, almost grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body and just a touch sticky, low+ creamy smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. A very enjoyable big coffee stout.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Garage Series with no freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a super thick black color with a nice thin skin of head on it that rises and falls fast to a thin ring around the glass.

S= The aroma is heavy coffee and chocolate. Quite a nice vanilla sort of aroma with some really great roastyness.

T= The taste is a great coffee flavor with a really nice imperial stout roastyness. It's really just a solid imperial stout. Really easy to drink and smooth. The coffee bitterness isn't overbearing but it makes itself known. A really smooth drinker and an excellent addition to the Fulton bottle line.

M= Super smooth and thick.

O= I've had this once before that was randalled through mint and chocolate chips. That beer was mind blowing. The base for it is no suprise. This is an excellent beer. Seek this beer out.

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Photo of tewaris
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Dan, thanks!

Vanilla, chocolate and malt blend perfectly in the aroma. Woody and charred overtones in the taste but nothing overwhelming --- just right and very smooth. Chocolaty, roasty, a light bite but as I mentioned, smooth. Medium body and low carbonation makes for a great drinking experience. Glad to have tried it since I missed it when it was released!

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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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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 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 mwilbur
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely thick and dark brown with just a skim of dark mocha head.
S: Dark caramel malt, licorice, medium roast coffee, oak, and bourbon.
T: Ah ha! Here's the coffee...nicely front and center...comes across here as an excellent dark roast. Dark chocolate malt, butterscotch, and a hint of spicy hops. With warming, vanilla and oak come forward.
M: A solid medium body feel. Smooth with a hint of coffee bitterness. Excellent, lingering coffee finish.
D: Excellent for style. Decently complex and much easier to drink than I had imagined. Seek it out!

2015 vintage: Poured into War & Peace glass (small snifter).
A: Pours a substantial and thick super dark black (no light emerges with backlighting) with 1 inch dark mocha head. Decent retention. Dark beauty. (4.5)
S: Dark roast coffee shines through with dark chocolate, dark tobacco, old leather, and a whiff of bitter hops. The coffee note is better than before and there is more complexity too. (4.5)
T: Again, the dark roast coffee takes a first row seat. The coffee note is simply excellent. Supporting cast of dark bittersweet chocolate, dark tobacco, oak, and old leather. Bitter hops emerge half way through and become more prominent in the finish. (4.5)
M: Medium-heavy feel. Thick and slightly oily feel. Dark and sweet with bitter notes from the coffee and hops. Excellent balance. (4.5)
D: Excellent drinkability, especially for style. More coffee, complexity, and bitterness than previous tasting. A yearly offering I look forward to! (4.5)

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at 2010 Firkin Fest

This is their Worthy Adversary with peace coffee

Pours a small fizzy head. Color is a dark brow, near black.

Aroma: Rich coffee right in your face. Chocolate, roasted matls. Some earthy hops as well. A very nice RIS.

Taste: Coffee, dark coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Very bittersweet, smooth, and refreshing for a stout. Low carbonation with a full body. Ends roasted with coffee, dry.

Overall, very solid RIS. I am really enjoying this and it is very drinkable. I was told they won't be brewing it again until next winter so I won't get to drink it until then. Worth a try for sure!

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Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a really nice chocolaty rim around the top of the glass. Nose is lots of coffee with some chocolates notes mixed in taste is similar. Starts off with tons of coffee that pretty much takes a hold of the pallet and doesn't let go, aside for some chocolate notes. Medium bodies with good carbonation. Really good coffee stout (I wouldn't call this an RIS).

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Photo of georgeaaron
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This RI has a smoothness to it that mask the alcohol. The coffee flavors are dark and of good quality. If you like strong stouts that are heavy on dark nearly burnt coffee beans, like me, you'll probably enjoy this beer. I did. However if you not huge on the style the coffee may be a bit much. A few other ones I prefer more but still an enjoyable experience.

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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 Scotchboy
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750ml from Aaron (thanks!) split into tulips with my brother.

A: Opaque black, light tan head with some lacing left behind.

S: Not quite in-your-face coffee (this bottle has a touch of age on it but not much), still nice underlying coffee/espresso notes with some darker caramel and malty sweetness. Hints of mocha too.

T: Follows the nose, coffee and espresso beans, some chocolate and roast, dark malt, again more underlying caramel as it warms.

MF: Creamier, medium-to-full body as it warms. More residual sweetness combined with lots of coffee bitterness.

O: A solid marriage of coffee and stout. Drinkable, with more than one thing going one, this beer has just enough sweetness to offset a big coffee presence.. Good stuff.

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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 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 VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours dark brown or damn close to black. Head is also impressive. Dark brown head leaves lines of thick lacing.

S-The use of coffee in this beer really shows up in the nose. A genuine aroma of cold, dark roast coffee with a shot of espresso. There is chocolate and roast as well but the coffee wins out.

T-I find he aroma to be more impressive. The coffee and espresso is still in there full frontal but the beer finishes a bit weird. The cold, black coffee comes first then a solid additions of bitter roast and dark chocolate. But then the coffee seems to fade off and the the finish is a bit unattractive.

M-Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Medium bitterness. Alcohol hidden well.

O-A very tasty brew with a bunch of coffee. However the finish is a little bit odd and I am having trouble explaining why. That is really to only downside to this beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml etched bottle with no date

look is a very dark brown/black with slight cola edges. small head fades to a long lasting mocha film. smell is coffee beans, oats, chocolate, red ale. taste is dry cocoa powder, spicy hops, bitter roasted coffee. low carbonation, hot alcohol, smooth smooth smooth and heavy.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JebSinger for this one. Relatively fresh bottle, so I am excited to crack it open.
So, this pours a legit pitch black. A tan head dissapates pretty quickly. Leaving no lacing, which I found surprising. First sniff is a big boozy one. With hints of roastiness.
Mouth feel is chewy, but not overly so. Like it has the feel you expect from a RIS, BUT, it leaves a clean feel, unlike similar beers.
Taste is pretty impressive. Right up front, a nice roasted coffee flavor. Strong, but not over baring, but slightly bitter. A sweetness then rolls to the side of your tongue. A little bit of smokiness then comes in the aftertaste. Overall, it mixes really well together. Nothing over powers anything else. Not overly z sweet like some RIS, nor pointlessly bitter from the roast or over hopping.
Great beer grab it for a nice, 8 degree night

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