Fuller's 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: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by EmperorBevis on 01-28-2018

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +5.9%
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 -15.3%
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 -0.8%
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 desint
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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: 3.93 out of 5 with 7 ratings