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Worthy Adversary | Fulton Beer

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BA SCORE
4.12/5
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414 Ratings
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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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by feloniousmonk on 03-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,173
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
414
pDev:
8.01%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
91
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 414 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of dagsix
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of justinm4bama
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

some next level imperial stout right here, no barrels, no force fed adjuncts, just a really solid stout, technically near perfection, and something i think the beer community is thirsting for more and more as cocoa vanilla marshmallow coconut cinnamon almond stouts seem to be taking over the market, and anything that goes in a barrel gets instant cred, deserved or not. this is short of a middle finger to all of that, but to my palate it is, and i love it. near black in color with a solid half inch of deep mocha head, looks the part, smooth and sturdy. aroma and flavor are classic but so dialed in. tons of roast and mash character, some caramelized elements but balanced by a lot of bitter, burnt layers, and even a hint of smoke and cocoa. its thick but it isnt syrupy, and the finish is dry and bitter for what it is, with some warming alcohol to clean it away, but not hot or harsh even at temperature. its smooth and relaxed all the way, is surprisingly versatile with food, and doesnt drink as strong as it is at all. i love the earthy chocolate and coffee layers from the grain, and the minerals this seems to have in it. suggestions of root beer, oak, and molasses in here too, all very well tied in. this beer needs nothing, and reminds me of when i first had old rasputin all those years ago and thought how remarkably well made and classic it was. this is in that same high level category for me. one of fultons best, one of the best anywhere!

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Photo of Rammed96
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nolster
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent Russian imperial with strong roast and a short, dry finish. I'm contrary to the average ratings and would say that I prefer Worthy Adversary to its coffee variant, War and Peace. This stands alone quite well and has been consistently high quality through multiple bottles of multiple vintages.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of calarkin
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is dark with medium sized head light tan head. Taste is dry as should be but with almost a fruity hint. Smooth for the ABV. Solid russian imperial stout. Nothing out of this world but would recommend.

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Photo of Rytr
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I won't go into great detail, as other before me have said what needs to be said. But what strikes me most about this beer is the linger.

The sip, swish and swallow, come and go with not much a small breeze. But then it hits. A wave of flavor, crawls back up and smacks you like an x girlfriend. Then it sits. Very much like salsa that is a touch too hot.

This beer makes you remember it. Not the best stout, but love what it does for me right now.

Cheers

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A careful pour, and no head at all. Black as ink. Aroma is a nice balanced malt-wet cocoa blend.

Taste is cocoa, coffee, some anise, vanilla. No real hops or bitterness makes it more chocolate, less char. Bit of leather, along with a sweet molasses. Quite smooth overall, and thick. Mouthfeel is a little sticky, the roastiness is quite present but not at all burnt. This is not Mission Dark Seas. Yet not too sweet either. A minor citrus comes in on the back end.

95% pretty well hidden. Thick, damn good, easy to drink RIS.

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Photo of elec
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of chocolate, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, slight oatmeal, alcohol, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of chocolate, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, slight oatmeal, alcohol, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, weak appearance and a little too sweet, but otherwise a great RIS.

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Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark black pour - ink...oil...blackened grease. Head is chocolate cream colored and stays at about 1/2 finger in the tall snifter. Last drops of the bottle fall slowly. I can tell already how heavy this beer is.

Aromas of charred firewood at first sniff, followed by sweet black licorice, ground coffee, and oatmeal.

Flavors of dark, roasted malts, a kiss of sweet prune, a light coating of milk chocolate, coffee grounds, and sweet alcohol soaked dark fruits sprinkled with anise crystals. Finish waxes into burnt grains. Citrus comes out as it warms, I prefer to drink this cold.

Feel is huge. Just thick and otherworldly. Milkshake-like. Thickest ever? Nah. A top contender? Yeah, definitely.

Overall, I'm glad I picked up the four pack of Worthy Adversary. It reminds me a lot of Old Raspy but not as sweet and a little more staleness. Absolutely not bad at all.

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Photo of Rocketmn
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikerieder
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Worthy Adversary from Fulton Beer
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 414 ratings
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