Imperial Stout | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlackHaddock on 10-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.01%
 
 
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12
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Photo of BenBreeg
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black as night, low carbonation but nice lacing. Nothing much on the nose. Chocolate and lots of dark cherry with a touch of bitterness in the finish nicely masked by the cherry. Smooth and velvety but still a nice kick of booze after a couple of years.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with plenty of ruby glints around the edges of the glass. Chunky tan foam leaves plenty of lace trails on the glass. Prunes, figs, fresh ground coffee, rum booziness in the nose. The taste is dominated by a big roastyness, with chocolate, caramel, prunes, tobacco and leather in toe. Alchohol is present throughout, but warming and pleasant, never distracting. Very thick mouthfeel with light carbonation. Medium bitterness, smokiness and christmas pudding in the long finish.

A fantastic example of a British RIS. Not very dry and full of fruit flavor to balance out the roastyness. Worth seeking out for stout fans.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The inch of creamy tan head that caps the top could be placed on any type of stout. Its pitch black body, however, gives it an imperial look.

The nose starts tame and really benefits from warming up. Raisins, plums, and booze soaked cherries gradually seep out of the glass. Dark, unsweetened chocolate adds to its base. The Turkish Delight descriptor on the back label proves to be a good one. Whiffs of straight ethanol peak through as well. It's far from the big, bold, in your face aromas that define so many imperial stouts but it is rich and complex in its own right.

Layers of chocolate saturate the palate. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge; the works. Raisins and dates make for a sticky center with cherries on top. Dry, decadent milk chocolate comes through on the finish with a thin streak of alcohol accompanying it. Sticky toffee shows up as it nears room temperature.

The body is creamy and rich with a silky texture. The addition of oats works wonders for its feel. Its 10.7% ABV elevates its richness and flavors without showing itself.

I would serve this at 12C-15C next time to drink it at its best. It really opens up as it warms, both in aroma and taste. I did enjoy how it unfolded. Its silky, creamy, and rounded feel is what I enjoyed most.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeiZero
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dipso123
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask this is a 90++ beer, not sure about bottles

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AreSoms
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kanutasan
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased this special edition for $7.95 CDN from the LCBO. Best before the end of 2024.

Appearance - Pours an ominous near black and a gentle pour yields a thin layer of tan foam with good staying power but burns off within a couple of minutes. Not much in the way of lacing either. Menacing beer at its finest.

Smell - A little dark chocolate and booze soaked cherries initially, the nose isn't terribly bold when the beer is cold. Molasses and a hint of licorice for added malt presence. The 10.7% ABV isn't hidden on the nose either. Coffee is increasingly part of the mix as the beer warms

Taste - Big and bold, again the dark chocolate and cherries come through. More molasses here than on the nose, with a heavy dose of alcohol. Not as bitter as I'd expected, this is on the sweet (and boozy) side for a RIS. Surprisingly subtle for such a big beer. Coffee shows up as the beer warms and the nose becomes significantly more aromatic.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and slick with a chewy body, exactly what you'd love to see out of a malt bomb like this. Turns to velvet with just a little prickly carbonation to keep you on your toes. Near perfection.

Overall - Fuller's Imperial Stout is a bad ass big-bodied stout that leans heavily towards the malt flavors and isn't terribly bitter despite it's presence. A fine beer and a different take on a classic style.

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Photo of Jaisell
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iaido
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gakusei
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drmeto
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,khaki head
S:
-coffee,chocolate,roasty,molasses,tobacco,mocha
T:
-coffee,molasses,cappucino,sweet chocolate,nutty,bready,tobacco,vanilla,nougat,toasty finish
F:
-Full body
-low to medium carbonation
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Rich and perfect

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Stout from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.12 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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