Fullsteam Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,194
Ranked #25,359
3.84 | pDev: 13.02%
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 58 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Dec 07, 2013
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque black beer with a dense tan head that lasts a while. Sweet with molasses and char in the nose. Also smells a little smoky and woody. The taste is sweet with dark chocolate, molasses oak and char. Medium mouthfeel.

Nov 07, 2017
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jak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 02, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along hints of dark fruits.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has lots of bourbon along with notes of dark fruits and vanilla along with hints of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of warming from the bourbon are noticeable towards the finish.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink for a bourbon barrel aged stout because you don't get any alcohol in the taste and it isn't as heavy compared to other beers in the style. There are interesting complexities in the flavors.

May 16, 2014
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Nov 06, 2013
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 10, 2017
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kell50 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 07, 2013
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Bung from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Nov 17, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the surface of the beer and cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces quickly to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted and toasted grains along with moderate amounts of dark fruit (cherry, fig, and plum) sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts and toasted grainy malts with a moderate to strong amount of dark fruit (cherry, fig, and plum) sweetness. Moderate flavors of bourbon with light to moderate flavors of oak and slightly stronger flavors of vanilla. Only a light amount of bitterness in the finish and it fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as full bodied as some of the other examples of the RIS style but still enjoyable. A nice combination of dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and oak without being too heavy or too intense. A moderate ABV for the style makes this one a little easy to drink but still a sipping beer.

May 16, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Nov 06, 2013
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mechamifune from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no head to speak of. Very light carbonation and almost no lacing to speak of. Not off for the style but not really inviting.

Smell is heavy boubon upfront. Slight notes of the usual IS flavors lie underneath it, but they are pretty overwhelmed by the bourbon.

Taste is heavy bourbon to start and then into notes of sweet malt and chocolate. Bourbon subsides a little as you get through it but this is a very "hot" barrel aged stout. Makes me think a little bit of some "fresh" bourbon county stout i've had in the past. I don't think the bourbon notes are incorporated as well into the rest of the beer as in some of my favorite examples of the style, but it is still a pleasant enough taste assuming you are a big bourbon fan.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style, maybe just a touch light for my personal preference. For as heavy as the bourbon character is, I think a little bit of a chewier mouthfeel would be beneficial, but this isn't what I would consider "thin".

Overall this is a solid barrel aged stout that is drinking a little hot (for me) right now. I think some time will do some great things for this beer. At present though, if you aren't a big bourbon fan you might not like it all that much.

Oct 30, 2011
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fehrminator from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Feb 10, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Igor black as coal. Igor have one-half inch, creamy, chestnut head. Igor leave thick rings of lace. Igor cling to Offero glass.

Igor have breath of bourbon and oak. Vanilla puffs with warming.

Igor much sweeter than expected. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon are all present with some alcohol and far less roasted quality than was expected. The finish is mild and lingering, while warming brings out chocolate syrup.

A full-bodied, velvety texture belies an otherwise light feel. Alcohol is as one would anticipate. The carbonation is fine and cleansing.

Igor is clearly intended for sipping. I enjoyed it while reading and languishing in cabin fever. By the way, should it be pronounced E-gor or I-gor?

2013 release

Mar 22, 2015
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bballmj2k from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this today - so impressed.

A - jet black, little to no head with a hint of mocha brown lacing.

S - bourbon, oak, sweet chocolate malts, hints of vanilla

T - wonderfully balanced. Sweet bourbon up front with roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Ends with some bitterness and goes down so smooth. Can't emphasize enough - there is no heat going down, beautifully brewed and beautifully aged.

M - light carbonation, silky and creamy mouthfeel.

O - fantastic. For a young brewery, the first attempt at a stout and one of the first barrel-aging efforts this is remarkable. So smooth, delicious and no heat at all. Can't wait to get more.

Oct 30, 2011
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ncstateplaya from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Jun 16, 2014
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Evan1023 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 19, 2011
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: big boozy, bourbon, oak, malty, warm finish. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, with a big foam head and sticky lace on the glass. Full body. Smooth.

Oct 10, 2018
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mklinger from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Jul 17, 2012
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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Nov 25, 2013
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belgianfiend from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jun 18, 2012
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mattsmith413 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Nov 19, 2013
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Beerness from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Jul 03, 2012
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jan 03, 2014
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 31, 2015
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Dec 14, 2013
Igor from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 58 ratings