FSB 2019: Part 3
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,039
Ranked #10,385
4.24 | pDev: 6.13%
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Minnesota, United States
FSB 2019: Part 3FSB 2019: Part 3
Notes: We're ushering in Year 6 of FSB, our shape-shifting annual imperial stout. This year we’re doing 3 installments of FSB, all of which are collaborations with Austin Jevne of Forager Brewery. Austin is the local pastry master, so you know you’re in for a treat in more ways than one. Bring your sweet tooth for FSB Pt. 3, a macaroon-inspired stout with coconut, chocolate, and vanilla.
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3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint can into snifter.
A: Pours a dark black with 1/4 inch dark mocha head that quickly recedes.
S: Very sweet with coconut, vanilla, and milk chocolate.
T: Definitely macaroon. Loads of coconut and vanilla with some milk chocolate. Very straightforward.
M: Medium heavy body. Super sweet which completely masks the very high ABV.
D: The sweetness and ABV limit drinkability. If I’m going for a sipper, I like more depth/complexity. If you want a macaroon beer, you have found it.

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Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the FSB series for 2019 – one superb, one solid. Apparently this 16 oz. can is the tiebreaker. While watching Deliverance. Such a gentle movie.

Black. Thick. Brooding. Such a pretty beer. The nose is like sniffing a vanilla variant Three Musketeers bar. I’d hit that.

FSB 2019: Part 3 is thicker than Mulvaney, Graham, & Cohen. This is how you craft a pastry stout. Vanilla & coconut come on strong, chocolate is a distance show. Moist, raw sugar runs from front to back, & if you’re not a fan of sweet, stay far away. No apparent alcohol despite the sky-high ABV, but it must be there, because I can feel myself getting smarter already.

Putting these in a barrel might be too much, but I’d be game to try it if it came to that. Excellent beer.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. No dating information found.
Black colored body, that pours with a very fizzy head that disappears within thirty seconds. No lacing.
Aroma is slightly sweet from the vanilla, and lots of chocolate. There is a smell close to black licorice. The high ABV% is apparent.
Taste is lip smacking sweet, definitely a dessert pastry stout. Big chocolate presence. In the background is the dark fruit/licorice flavor. The vanilla and coconut provide a light air to the beer, more than distinct flavors. No bitterness at all. The after taste is a quick reminder of a macaroon.
Drinks a little thin. Sticky texture. Okay carbonation.
Really seems to clear up the sinuses. The calorie count from this must be very high.

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Photo of bsp77
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy s***! This was my favorite of the 3 FSBs this year. The coconut, chocolate and vanilla are balanced with the standard Imperial Stout flavors much better than I could have hoped. Exceedingly smooth and easy/dangerous to drink.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fair State FSB 2019 Pt. 3, 13% ABV. Pours thick and black, with a brown head that dissipated before I could take a picture, leaving no lacing. Nose is chocolate, cinnamon, and a hint of coconut. Taste is very sweet chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, slight roast malt bitterness. Red Hots in the aftertaste - I couldn't identify at first but @The-Adjunct-Hippie nailed it. Excellent smooth and thick mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can
Crane snifter
Here we go.

Deep inky black pour with an angry red-brown head of 1 finger that recedes like soda pop to a thin ring with no lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, cinnamon, and very slight coconut butter cookie.

Flavor brings frosted chocolate donut, slight coconut butter cookie, toasted caramel, slight pastry, some strudel, slight cinnamon/red hots, slight earthy hop, and more chocolate donut.

Feel is thick and viscous, almost syrupy and bordering on too thick to be honest, and a little under carbonated. Still very decent, and has a nice alcohol heat to it.

Overall a very nearly overly sweet sipper, an impressive venture, not quite up to par with Evil Twin NYC stuff which is what I compare pastry stouts to...but this is still a nice placeholder. Very good and for pastry stout fans.

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Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft only variant at the taproom. Double adjunct version. Tan head black color.

Pastry bomb. Fudge and chocolate cake. Sweet vanilla. All the coconut. Thick feel. This is MN pastry goodness. So many adjuncts. Full bodied. This is tasty.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 16 ratings