The Libertine | Fulton Beer

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The LibertineThe Libertine

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Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 11-22-2010

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Reviews by mholm815:
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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, burnt reddish-orange. Not much head at all, but that may be due to the bartender pour so I will not ding it.

Smell: Caramel and very ripe fruits. Not getting much depth out of the aroma.

Taste: Very malty and sweet, with caramel, overripe fruits, and toffee. Some light grapefruit and orange notes from the hops, as well as a light spiciness. Not bitter at all.

Feel: Full body with moderately low carbonation. The alcohol is completely hidden, but I could have used a drier finish.

Overall: A very malty Imperial Red, which was somewhat of a shock as I am used to these being very hoppy. However, once I tempered my expectations, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this from a growler, on tap at several palces and from a bomber.
A: Pours brilliant ruby brown with a thin white foam collar that clings to the glass leaving thin sheets of lace.
S: grassy hops, malt, grain, rich malts, fruit, fruity floral.
T: Slight port qualities, some toffee notes, some anise or coriander, starts slightly sweet and then dries out with a touch of alcohol and a little pepper in the finish.
F: Thick, chewy, luscious, medium low carbonation.
O: A big bold beer with a perfect balance between the bitter, alcohol and malt sweetness.

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Photo of warmbier804
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and dark amber ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and very malt forward aroma. Toasted malts with big hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. A nice whiff of rye spices. A little molasses and hints of dark fruits including dates and cherry. Light hint of apple. Hop presence is very subtle with some light hints of grapefruit and grass. The caramel malts stand out the most here.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a very malt forward taste with subtle hints of fruits and hops. Toasted malts with a big taste of sweet caramel, toffee, and bready biscuit. A solid kick of rye spice. Some burnt sugar and hints of fruits including apple, dark cherry, and dates. Hops are laid back but do provide some balancing bitterness with some notes of grapefruit and earthy grass. A bready taste that is very double bock like.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, sweet, and somewhat chewy. Finish is somewhat drying.

Overall: A good malt forward brew. Not what you might expect from a typical hopped up red. This is very malt forward and bready. Its good at that.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Happy Gnome. Huh, their tap menu called this 4.4%. I guess that explains a couple things...

Still, for the strength, it was relatively drinkable and a tasty beer. At first I had more bready spice and caramel malt notes up front. As the beer warmed, the a more peppery citrus spice took over with the bitter hops. The rye wasn't terribly distinct, but I think it was a nice addition to the beer. I appreciate the for the strength, this beer wasn't too filling or chewy like some imperial reds will be. Check this out if you get the chance.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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