Fuller's Imperial Stout
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
10.7%
Score:
90
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 6.65%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
10
From:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
90
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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Released at Systembolaget November 3, 2017.
Best before end of 2027.

Dark black beer with a beige head.

Nose: Coffe, licorice, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla.
Taste: A lot of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, soy souce, coffee and chocolate.
Mouth: Medium body. Low carbonation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass form the bottle I purchased in Iceland back in 2016.

Appearance: Semi thin body coming off super dark resembling Hershey's chocolate syrup. Light tan head rising maybe half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Light malt aroma, dissipates quickly.

Taste: Nice sweet but coffee bitter brew, malty and light caramel to go with.

Mouth: Touch dry coming off with a full body and a medium carbonation. Sticky brew but not the after taste meant for everyone.

Overall: Good brew, wouldn't chase the world for it but definitely worth grabbing if it crosses your eyes. Salud!

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle with 31.12.2027 best buy date-
a-deep black body with just a hint of ruby translucence at the base of the glass; medium bubbles tan head that has decent retention but ultimately fades to a thin mist on the top and a ring around the sides
s-chocolate, raisin, spice; a bit of alcohol in the back on the nose; surprisingly mild
t: mild chocolate on the front that grows into some burnt coffee and biscuit notes and a tiny bit of dark fruit on the end; very toasty; very smooth, but maybe a little unexciting
f: feel is great -- not too cloying, but good med-full body; creamy; and healthy carbonation
o: decent take on the style even if it is maybe a bit too mild for my liking

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fancy - in a box! Yet no idea when brewed just best before 2027....
Pours jet black with barely a touch of dark tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is chocolately but with a bit of metallic harshness - roasted malt, bit of peat.
Taste is potently chocolate upfront, some roasted coffee bitterness follows, with a touch of floral hop. Finishes medium in the mouth, a touch of alcohol (but less than 10.7% noted), and some residual roasty dark chocolate bitterness.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, tulip, best before 2027!

Black gold fills my glass, like I am an oil pioneer striking it lucky. Even in a more petite tulip glass nary a ray penetrates this beer. The scant brown head forms and dissipates quickly, retaining a collection of larger bubbles.

Sharp, almost acrid roast combines with rich dark chocolate for a very pungent aroma. Charred wood, iodine, Hershey’s syrup, hops.

I’ve just squeezed Hershey’s syrup into my mouth and it tastes better than it’s ever tasted before. Hop bitterness and tang for balance, marzipan, pumpernickel, and a floral finish that amazingly avoids being overly burnt or bitter.

While the body falls short in the thickness department, the texture is somewhere between slick and creamy. I know that’s contradictory, but it’s true.

I shouldn’t say I’m surprised, but the nation that originated the style still has it. The complexity is beyond many American variants.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While not a stout fan, I do enjoy stouts with a twist, a la Dragon's Milk, Péche Mortel or Founder's KBS.
This here is not uniquely off the mark of the usual tarry stout, which makes it a one time purchase for me. It has a bit of hops and more licorice, but not enough to make me excited.
Kudos to the packaging.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little age made no difference, this is a dyed-in-the-wool IS, with some bitter chocolate, and that's all. Hops still carry sone of the day. A good drinker.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and bottle conditioned
pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head#
treacle and fennel aroma with a whiff of pernod
nip of peat nip of smoke add that to the aroma & there is the flavour

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Fuller's Imperial Stout from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 10 ratings