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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

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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
 
 
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47
Gots:
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Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chaz
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown-black on color, topped with a darker tan head. Head falls and provides minimal lacing after a few minutes. Well-filtered with no yeast sediment.

Nose is par for the course: Rich and malty, with roasted malt notes and some sharp hops beneath richer, sweeter malt character. Some anise/fennel character (think: licorice) and dark skinned fruits. Light cocoa...

Sweet and almost too-sweet on the first sip. Cocoa notes followed by plum and licorice and a lighter vinous character, all on top of the sharper and bittering hop profile that keeps this one from becoming too sweet. Bittersweet finish. Gently warming.

As it warms the alcohol character becomes more pronounced in the finish, but for a beer of this strength it is acceptable.

Mouthfeel is good; Coats the palate, not too much carbonation.

Not a bad beer altogether (and better than I was expecting it to be), but still a touch too-sweet for my liking.

12oz bottle (from a split 4-pack) from the fresh mix n' match section at my local packie.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one as an extra. Sorry I cannot remember from who? Thanks though!

Appearance: What you would expect from a stout, black minimal head retention and some lacing that sticks to the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Not a lot other than some hops and roasted malts, some sweetness. I will say this borders more on a line between a stout and a black IPA, its got a lot of hop notes in there more than most stouts.

Taste: Roasted malts and some bittering hops, not the best stout I have ever had. I guess like mine a little more creamy and smooth. This one is bitter and
biting, and if that is your thing for stouts definitely go for it!

Overall: I don't particularly like this style of stout, but I can appreciate it for what it is!

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Photo of Burgy
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kraticus41
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of riotontheroad
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Norseman
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black beer topped with a decent, dark brown head, with good retention.

Lovely imperial stout aroma, with a hint of banana from the yeast, and tons of smooth roasted barley.

Taste is surprisingly flatter and less sweet than I expected. Roasted barley, slightly metallic; not an overly strong overripe fruit presence, but it's there on the back-end; dark cacao and over-roasted black coffee come to mind. Tiny bit of sweetness and yeast presence on the very, very back-end.

Bitterness carried by the roast, although there is a noticeable hop bitterness as well.

Bit of foaming, but otherwise a very pleasant, easy mouthfeel, fairly thick and full, with a bit of alcohol heat.

In a world of sweet dessert stouts and coffee stouts, this hearkens back to a simpler time. Straightforward, no frills, big, bold, bitter imperial stout. The more I drink of it, the more I come to really like it.

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Photo of TastyBrewMeToo
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mightymango
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BDeibs
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jahjehwa
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014; One of the very best MN stouts I've had.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks & Maximum Respect to @Jlabs for this surprise.

A straight up RIS. Not too sweet. Not barrel aged. A bit roasty. Enough heft. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, great slightly oily finish. Without getting all crazy with the descriptors, it's a damned respectable RIS! Would drink this one 'til the cows come home.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeledonia
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tasted 6 January 2015.

Pours black, opaque, and thick. Half a finger of deep tan / light brown head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is rich, full of coffee and dark roasty aromas. A little wood, a little char, some slightly tannic hints. Complex and pleasant.

Taste is likewise full of coffee. Funny that they add coffee (War and Peace) to such a coffee-forward stout. It's followed by molasses, some charred wood. It's a shade more bitter than I'd like it to be, and that inhibits my enjoyment of it.

Feel is a bit odd. It's much more heavily carbonated than most stouts. That, combined with the thickness, makes it feel like electrified oil. Sorta feels like I poured syrup on my tongue and then licked a 9-volt battery. It's not terrible, but it's not my favorite.

A very nice stout. As I mentioned, the feel is odd, but the other aspects make up for that. And I've got to give Fulton major credit for putting it in very affordable 4-packs.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schimms
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into large snifter: reddish brown/black with minimal, dissipating brown head

S: Strong smell coffee/espresso and malt

T: Delivers what the nose lead me to believe - great, strong imperial stout style malt with espresso.

F: Slightly thicker than other Imp Stouts I've had recently. Slides over the tongue with light carbonation.

O: Best surprise in my quest for an Imperial Stout this season! Definitely recommend if you are looking for the coffee-esque imperial stout without the overpowering alcohol.

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Photo of Goodspeed83
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 414 ratings
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