Fuzzy Knuckles
Defiance Brewing Co.

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Defiance Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,333
Ranked #6,566
4.11 | pDev: 7.54%
Feb 05, 2022
Oct 11, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

Black with tight, mocha, foam head

Caramel, coffee, chocolate, toffee. Like one of those little squares with the graham crackers and chocolate and caramel and whatnot

Smooth, creamy, frothy, nice balanced bitterness, good carbonation.

Awesome flavored imp. stout out of the middle of the US. Defiance once again delivers

Jun 18, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Where in the Holy Hannah did this CANQuest (tm) CAN come from? I was going to attribute it to my local, in-person trader, but he thanks me for getting one to him! 8=O

From the mysterious CAN: "Imperial Stout brewed with Cocoa Nibs & Coffee"; "Ambitious Beer Proudly Brewed in Hays, Kansas".

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent, still searching for clues. When none appeared, I beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. This resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with decent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing garnet highlights at the edges. It was a clue, but seemingly unrelated to my current case. Hmm. Bump it! I called my attorney, Perry Mason, Esq. & when his secretary, Della Street answered, I described my current CANundrum. She assured me that investigator Paul Drake would investiCANte & we rang off. In my bewilderment, I held the glass to my nose for a sniff. I had just finished my day's cuppa joe & this seemed to be picking up right where I left off! It was redolent with rich, dark coffee and Baker's/semi-sweet chocolate as well as hints of dried dark fruits. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, a little light for this style. The taste was wonderful, with the coffee & bittersweet chocolate enjoined with treacle, anise, toffee, raisins & prunes. Mmm. Finish was blessedly dry since I CANnot stand sweets & I really was not in the mood for CAN unpleasant surprise after working long days. The mystery remains unsolved at the time of this CANmission. Hmm. YMMV.

Jun 06, 2020
4 by Elicoleman from Colorado on May 18, 2019
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3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Hides its ABV really well.


Feb 01, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep, impenetrable brown color. Minimal head with ok retention and ok lacing.

S---More of the cocoa nibs show up in the nose than coffee. Strong roasted malt presence.

T---Full & rich taste. Smooth coffee. Plenty of chocolate as well. Dark fruit isn't prominent, but is noticeable. Roasty malts are pretty big, also. This is a nice complex taste.

F---Creamy & full. Mild carbonation as expected for ABV. No boozy feel. A pretty easy drinker.

O---Damn good. Really damn good. My bottle shop only had the one and I wish they had more. I'll definitely get this again if I see it. Wifey split it with me and gives it two thumbs up. She really liked it.

Jan 23, 2019
4.15 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Dec 30, 2018
4.09 by emerge077 from Illinois on Dec 15, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

L: pours dark black, still see light through the pour though. Dark half finger of head and black in the glass.
S: milk chocolate, big roasted malts.
T: slightly bitter coffee with dark chocolate.
F: lots of carbonation, medium thickness.

Nov 20, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into snifter, no can dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, fudge brownie, licorice, raisin, date, an toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, fudge brownie, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, fudge brownie, toasted dark/brown bread, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and spicy alcohol. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly increasing warmth of 10% after the finish! Overall this is an outstanding flavored imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Not overly roasty/charred. Very rich and well rounded imperial stout malt complexity, balanced fruity/nutty coffee and cocoa nibs; with light earthy hop balance against sweetness and some complementing fruity yeast. A highly enjoyable offering, and very impressive style example all around.

Aug 25, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

This is a black, thick, dense beer...capped with a tan head and soapy brown lace. The aroma is rich...dark fruit, nutty, intense, wet earth and dark grain. The taste is semi-dry, intense, and warming. Flavorful and engaging. Solid.

May 20, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Pours a really deep, dark rich chocolate brown to black and a nice 1/2 finger of chocolatey brown head. Lovely.

This nose. It's like, I totally wasn't expecting this. So many Imperial Stouts are not like this. It's like this beer has immediately told me I'm to expect it. Huge pot brownie, fig, tobacco, molasses, ash, leather, earth. Dark, dark chocolate. It's like Ten FIDY and PT5 had a baby. I was not expecting this and I guess I was wrong. Sorry, beer.

Phenomenal flavors. It's like a more chocolatey version of Dark Horse's Plead the Fifth. Rich chocolate, tobacco, brownie, molasses, fig, leather, ash, and oak. Lots of wood and dark chocolate mixed with a bright ash fade out on the finish. Mostly cocoa nibs and tin with lots of roast malt vs coffee.

Feel is thick, viscous, quietly carbonated, with a dry but not too dry of a finish.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations in a big way. The nose is to die for. Killer beer. There it was, sitting in my fridge waiting for me to make the right decision, never judging, never belittling the other beers. It waited its turn and DELIVERED. Damn. This is hot.

Feb 06, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz can

Pours jet black, dark tan colored head. Roasty and chocolately aroma. Taste is fairly roasty, starts on the sweeter side but finishes dry. A touch of charcoal smoke in there. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel.

Jan 17, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a small chalice: color black, solid, head is tan, presents thin about 1/4 inch thick and then dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

Smell is roasty, chocolatey, some light espresso notes.

Taste is quite similar with roasted malt, sweeter chocolate, light espresso; some deepening sweetness and fruitiness and hop bitterness. Some booziness does show but not detracting

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, lingering sweetness and then some lingering bite on the tongue.

Overall a good sweeter, strong stout that hides the strength well.

Jan 06, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ICTguy21 from Kansas

Look: deep dark black with a lasting thin tan head

Smell: chocolate, malts, and roastiness

Taste: bakers chocolate, big roastiness, molasses, hints of coffee, a bit of dark fruit

Feel: smooth with the light but present carbonation you expect in a big stout

Overall: this beer is actually 10% according to the can but hides it's alcohol incredibly well. Big and roasty but incredibly smooth and not charred. This is a very good beer and a great value.

Oct 16, 2017
3.94 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Oct 02, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. My can says 10% ABV which conflicts with the post here.
The beer pours a rich dark brown color with a creamy tan head of 2 cm. The foam fades away fairly quickly to a sturdy edge layer and one large island floating on the surface of my glass. I do get some dense lattice on my glass after each sip. The aroma on this is all malt with rich roasted notes and some molasses notes a bit of black peppery booze and some dark cocoa notes as well. Definitely not hidden that this is a bigger beer.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with very fine and light tingly carbonation. The texture is fairly silky smooth and coats my palate after each swallow.
The flavor is what I expected from what the beer has shown me to this point. I get roasted malt, some brown sugar, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee in the finish. I dont get the booze at this point even after I anticipated it on the aroma. The lingering roasted malt hangs around on my palate after each swallow. I dont find hops anywhere on this beer and that is fine with me. Seems a nice solid Imp Stout with malt on malt profile and no ABV burn.
Nice roasty brew for the start of fall.

Sep 11, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Defiance Brewing Co. "Fuzzy Knuckles"
12 fl. oz. can without production coding or freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting label. A very dark liquid pours from the can and creates a creamy dark tan head over an almost black body. It smells of dark bittersweet chocolate but I'm not finding the coffee. Let me try again... ahh, there's some, but not much, and I wonder how old this beer really is. The head has also died down by now, which was fairly quick. No lacing appears to have been left behind. It's a nice enough aroma though and I could just sniff at it awhile and be pretty happy. The flavor displays a very rich maltiness thats loaded with dark chocolate, cocoa, and black coffee. Why I wasn't picking that coffee up in the aroma I don't know, maybe I should have let it warm up a bit. Most importantly I guess, it's not too acidic. Quite often beers this dark have a dark malt acidity to them, or in this case, a coffee acidity, and there's some, but it's actually pretty mild. The chocolate and caramel come through nicely while the coffee is a bit restrained. There's also some fig and a light touch of red berry. Secondly it's well balanced. Acidity is an issue, but so is malt when it comes to a beer this big, but it's not overly malty at all. It has a stiff bitterness to it that balances the sweetness it has, and it finishes dry and bitter and toasty/roasty with some residual nuttiness and a hint of herbal hops... a hint of licorice as well. How strong is this? It's really hard to read on the can. 8.6%? That's not bad, and the alcohol never shows. Medium-full in body and lightly carbonated/smooth across the palate. Nicely done. Very rich, and quite the sipper.

Aug 31, 2017
3.94 by paresis from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2017
3.77 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Mar 31, 2017
4.2 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Mar 20, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

12 oz. can somehow available from the Philadelphia-area legendary retailer SMAS. Poured into Kane glass and let warm as I often do with stouts.

L: Beer is dark black. 1F light khaki head with moderate retention, some lacing, and a thin ring.

S: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malts. You do get a whiff of alcohol, a bit.

T: Coffee and roasted malts up front, cocoa as it often does in these blends comes in midway and carries through to finish. A bit of bitterness and heat on finish, not a lot.

F: Medium body, light carbonation. Good construction and balance.

O: Solid basic stout with some added goodness.

Feb 26, 2017
4.19 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2017
4.02 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - dark thin
Smell - Carmel chocolate slight roasted coffee
Taste - sweet cocoa with slight coffee and Carmel. Lots of booze
Feel - light body and carbonation
Overall - make sure you don't drink it to cold, fantastic

Feb 17, 2017
4.21 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming on Feb 11, 2017
3.98 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Feb 01, 2017
3.78 by oline73 from Maryland on Nov 30, 2016
3.69 by swampoodle from Pennsylvania on Nov 11, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

A thanks to the originator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is of strong coffee, I didn't pick that up in the aroma, chocolate, bitter at the finish, alcohol is well hidden. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Oct 26, 2016
3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2016
4 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania on Sep 29, 2016
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4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

Holy goodness what a find. Randomly browsing local grocery store this can stood out because the interesting artwork. Then reading imperial stout brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs.. I'm in. Pours pitch black with a two finger khaki head that sticks around for a while. Smells of burnt coffee along with dark chocolate. Mainly just roasted coffee. Taste is grade A. The roasted coffee is all over your mouth. Followed by a dark bitter chocolate.. Amazingly smooth for being 10%. Almost goes down too easy... And is definetely too delicious. Blown away from heading into this never hearing of the beer or even the Brewer I will start to seek out their other offerings. Would highly highly suggest to any coffee lover.. Or really any stout lover as every flavor of this beer shines through with every new sip

Sep 21, 2016
4.29 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Aug 31, 2016
4.46 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Aug 21, 2016
3.73 by amalburg from Michigan on Aug 10, 2016
4.24 by TooGood from Minnesota on Jul 19, 2016
3.63 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Jul 12, 2016
3.85 by gibgink from Missouri on Jul 01, 2016
4.13 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2016
Fuzzy Knuckles from Defiance Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 85 ratings