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The Libertine | Fulton Beer

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Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another worthy entry from Fulton. As a big fan of worthy adversary(is it back out yet?...no?...*SIGH) and s.c.o.v. I've had high hope for what will be the 4th beer of there's i've tried. Been E-stalking their w-site for a few months wondering when this beer will hit taps around mpls. Luckily the crew at acadia aren't slacking about putting this beer quickly into their always tasteful tapline.
Had some ideas about what this beer would taste like just by viewing the color on fulton's page, but wait, this beer is quite the curveball, imo, for the better...I expected a rich toasty malt bomb by the standard of red ale characteristics, and no doubt there's the malt...As expected, however this beer does what others seem to fail to do...repeatedly. Most malt centered beers(especially of this abv) have a heavy sugar content that can overwhelm the taste of this much loved grain and tend to "paint the tongue" in a syrupy finish. This beer scales back the sugar accordingly and much like the s.c.o.v. FINISHES CLEAN. The flavor and body are all there, but the finish makes it highly sessionable and makes my tuna melt on pumpernickel EVEN better. The rye rounds out the grain flavor nicely without getting heavily bitter. 2bros rra and summit unchained iira seem to be slightly(altho good) guilty of this to some extent and i think it took this beer to bring that to light for me. My only question: When will this be in bottles?

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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia. In the brewery's words: "A libertine is someone living free of society's restraints. Similarly, The Libertine doesn't constrain itself with preconceived notions of what a beer style should be. Loaded with malts that include the UK's premium Maris Otter and Caramel 60, and topped off with Rye to impart a distinct reddish hue, the Libertine is a malt-dominated red ale like none you've ever had before. It boasts a rich, indulgent body without being overly sweet. Conventional classifications fail The Libertine, but who really wants to play by the rules anyway?"

45 IBU 20.2 Plato 24 SRM

In my words...

Hazed, rich, reddish hue, ruddy auburn, under a tight, lasting creamy toned beige head of foam, leaving lace.

Aroma: Sweetness, spice, and fusel alcohol. Rich and boozy, apples and cherries, brandy and leather.

Taste: medium bodied, and fully flavored. Lush and indulgent, waves of hops, spice, with rich malt holding tight below.

(Disclaimer: I wrote the above without having read the copy I pasted up on top. I say this having realized I repeated some of their words, i.e." indulgent")

But that's what it is, tight and tasty, but deep, lush and delicious. Spreads it's splendor far and wide and urges further imbibings. Warming alcohol hits the spot as winter hits us harder. Expert balance.

My second serving sits on a Surly coaster, in a Chimay chalice. Fine company, for my favorite brew from the local boys doing us prouder.

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4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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