Imperial Stout | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 400th Review!! A collaboration review with my beer loving cousin!

A- Midnight black and light does not pass through this one....motor oil appearance! The head is very rich caramel color and starts out about two fingers thick, before settling into a thick layer that creates shapes, such as a crescent moon in my particular glass! Lacing is moderate with several small patches that slowly running back down into the beer itself! A fine looking stout!

S- The aromas are very rich and lush, with smells of charred oak, leather, burnt toffee, french roast coffee, pure cocoa, and hints of booziness, even though it is rather well hidden. Toasted soil and/or bitter hop presence is noted as well!

T- This is an amazingly full flavored brew! Flavors of straight espresso, huge heavy dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, licorice , smoked grains and Earthy roots....superb! The alcohol quality is very well hidden and has a raisin like quality about it. Hop bitterness is muted due to the sheer richness! I can't put into words fully how tasty this is!

M/O- Full bodied for sure, and super mellow carbonation make this an incredibly velvety beer that is liqueur like. I feel like this isn't really a beer and belongs in it's own class of beverage. Thick and oily too, I could really enjoy many more of these as a fine sipping drink or with a bar of 90% or higher chocolate, which I have complimented with this during the review. Not for the light of heart, but highly recommended!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Centennial hops and rose buds

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp cap. Dark bistre brown body, clear, with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits, dark cherries, grapes, chocolate aromas, molasses and leather on the nose. Unique combination for the style and not sure if I like it or not.

TASTE: Leather, dark fruits, molasses and char up front, then a big and lingering finish of dark fruits, grapes, burnt grain, leather and sweet molasses. Some bitter chocolate provides some balance over a bed of spicy booze. Flavorful and unique, though not quite sure if it’s my thing.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: I can imagine that this is a rather accurate representation of the style in a historical sense. It has a lot of the aromas and flavors that seem to go with descriptions of original brews many moons ago. If I’m honest, I must say that these characteristics don’t always thrill me, but I can certainly say that this is a quality, well made, flavorful brew. Give it a chance if you see it. Cheers!

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory. Dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate and some cocoa. The taste follows the same note, a very good balance between dark chocolate and dark cherries.

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Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dubbed 'Fuller's Imperial Stout' in bottle conditioned format overseas, i.e. here in Alberta. At any rate, it's awesome to see this available here, so quickly upon release.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight basal cola highlights, and three fingers of weakly puffy, and densely foamy 'dark' beige head, which leaves a few instances of porous continental drift lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty bittersweet cocoa, black licorice drops, red wine must, weirdly understated caramel malt, a subdued treacle/toffee sweetness, besotted black raisins, earthy noble hops, and a bristling, sharp booziness. The taste is rather large all around, starting with a big baker's chocolate sweetness, followed closely by a musty caramel malt, more semi-sweet salty anise, well-creamed workaday coffee, restrained earthy dark fruit, and a pleasant floral, somewhat spicy hoppiness.

The carbonation is well rendered, a bit frothy at best (worst?), the body a fairly rare full weight, and damned proud of it, with a lilting smoothness, the kind that challenges any and all to dare its provenance. It finishes on the sweet side, some Cadbury's chocolate, multifaceted caramel malt, and game licorice candy notes filling out the winning column nicely, aided by a threatening, but hardly scary booze warming.

A stellar example of the origin of the style, with a more New World idea of ABV, but that's neither here nor there at the present moment. Well-rounded, fruity, chocolaty, and not as hot as the north of 20-proof booze might have you expect. A pleasant surprise to gently sup during this early winter deep freeze we here up north are currently enduring with a stiff upper lip, all in advance of the yearly Christmas tree decorating event - the leftovers from this ensure that I don't have to drink any bloody eggnog, so extra points for that!

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Photo of Walu
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Bugs318
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iaido
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $7.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 7deg in a tulip.

A- Opens super well pouring a dynamite head that is gone pretty quick. Super dark black.
RIS all the way

S- Lots of caramel, fig, malt, chocolate.

T- This is a good blend. The first snap is not so great but like a good mate it grows on you.

F- Not great but not bad. Enjoyable

O- Pretty good. Have a few for the cellar but may return a couple as this brew will not age at all. It is what it is and that is pretty good but not great. Can get $2.50/341ml brews better here in Canada for nice flavor.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with..... Any desert you can make with chocolate in it


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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a large off-white head.
Nose shows heavy roast, liquorice, soft booze, faint rose-like perfumous notes.
Falvours include dry roast and cocoa followed by some sweet chocolate liqueur and a subtle Turkish delight sweetness.

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Photo of Anze
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate notes with light dry roasted malt notes is quite enticing. Taste is nice mix of black chocolate notes, dry roasted malt notes, and subtle residual sugar notes with some nice cocoa notes. Body is full with nice texture and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Enjoyable and I enjoyed the balance level of residual sugar.

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Photo of BeiZero
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Harry_T
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dipso123
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 BlackHaddock
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand-pulled half-pint into a bulbous 'Fullers' glass in The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham on 30th Oct 2013.

A thin wisp and collar sat on top of a dark, heavy looking body.

The nose confirmed this was going to be a heavy, rich brew. Port like esters hit my nose, slightly over roasted malts also appeared in the aroma: this has a great smell.

The taste was a mixture of sweet malty molasses that gave hints of chocolate, dark fruits, old red wine, Port and root liquorice sticks (remember those?).

The body was rich and heavy: did I already mention that?

Very sweet, very unhealthy, very alcoholic, very nice.

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Photo of vinicole
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four bought as part of a mixed case.
Rather young at the moment (2014).
Very good - consistent high score.
I will review properly after some cellaring time. Initial score = 4

Bottle. Very dark brown. Diminishing tan head.
Heady fruit aroma. Extra dark chocolate and espresso.
Rich complexity of flavours reflecting the aroma and more. Rum and raisin. Genoa cake and rose water. Lightly charred toast.
Tannic feel that smooths out nicely. Balanced as can be.
The 3 year maturation in my cellar has done the job nicely thank you very much.

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Photo of killcore
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some charred notes, some hops and I can taste the floral/roses notes quite a bit.. I'm on the fence about it.

Overall - I could go either way with this beer. While I appreciate that it is a little different from the rest of the pack due to the floral notes, I kind of wish they hadn't included them. Either way, a very good beer that is worth picking up.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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