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Parallel 49 Barrel Aged Series Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
In the 18th century, this bold, strong stout was brewed in London for the long and treacherous trip to the Imperial courts of Russia. In keeping with this stoic tradition, this whiskey-barrel aged imperial stout is warm, full bodied and fit for a Czar. Ingredients: Roasted Barley, Pale, Chocolate, Munich & Crystal Malts, Magnum & Fuggles Hops, Yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (707) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Thanks to Matt for this brew! La bière est noire et une belle mousse claire couronne ce liquide aux allures visqueuses. Arômes typiques de RIS où l’on retrouve une quantité importante de malts ici brûlés libérant non seulement des parfums des fumée mais aussi de café et de vanille. Un alcool chaud se manifeste également et est accompagné de fruits confits et d’autres séchés. En bouche le liquide est bien dense et assez effervescent. De la réglisse noire en quantité importante et une torréfaction laissant la bouche pâteuse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6933) - ITALY - NOV 6, 2015
thanks alex Bottle scura non molta schiuma fine media persistenza vaniglia filo legno abbastanza morbida melassa

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1939) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - AUG 14, 2015
2015 edition bottle, 11.9% alcohol listed. Black body with a hint of transparency and a very modest beige head. Heavy aroma of fusels and cherries, some notes of barley but the chemicals are coming off way too strong on the nose. Flavour is thick and chewy molasses and licorice, strong with a bite, and a dry finish. This hits on a few levels but it lacks the finesse that a brute of a brew like this style should have - it’s overbearing at this point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10941) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2015
courtesy of fiulijn - black beer with no head retention; aroma of dark chocolate, whisky, vanilla and tobacco; light notes of burnt ribbon; full-bodied, sweet, quite thick, some fair bitterness; aftertaste of figs, black chocolate and vanilla, corn and burnt ribbon again, light reminiscence of whisky wood - good but not my favorite IRS profile

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5365) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some black chocolates notes with some dry woody notes. Taste is also dominated by dry woody notes with light vanilla undertones and some dry and bitter black chocolate notes. Body is about average but thinner then I was anticipating with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too dry for my taste buds and lacking body with some lack of integration between al the flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vadie (1107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
Wow. Une belle bière noire avec une petite robe marron qui laisse très peu de dentelles. L’arôme est chargée avec du chocolat, vanille, bourbon, malt torréfié, et un peu de réglisse, cerises et alcool. Wow, super complexe. En bouche c’est très onctueux, presque épais. D’abord, il y a du chocolat (très peu sucré, mais non du cacao pur), vanille et du malt torréfié. Puis, c’est un peu du café, réglisse et bourbon. Ensuite il y a de l’alcool et un amertume bien équilibré dans la finale. L’après goût est du malt torréfié, du bourbon, un peu du café, très peu du chocolat et un amertume léger. Je suis étonné. Ceci est le version 2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle vintage 2014. Appearance is oily black with a thin layer of mocha head. Aroma is black liqourice, vanilla, marshmallow, and ash. Taste is roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and ash. Medium mouthfeel, with light carbonation. This really caught me by surprise, it’s well balanced, with a nice amount of barrel, and virtually no heat, mouthfeel is a bit thin but overall really damn tasty, well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AncreSteam (13) - - APR 23, 2015
A lovely aroma of carmel and malts with a hint of alcohol. It pours black with a small tight bubble head that clings to the edge of the glass and reminds me of a monk’s tonsure. The ring of head lasts for quite a while. The taste is of fruit, maybe prunes and there is a gentle effervescence. The drink leaves a pleasant but slightly bitter after taste. Mouth feel is substantial but not too thick. This is a pleasant warming beverage that I would put up beside other top imperial stouts like North Coast Old Rasputin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (6904) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 14/II/15 - 1Pt.6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a (2015-209) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, very small creamy beige head, unstable, dissipates immediately, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, bourbon, alcohol, some vanilla notes. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: very sweet start, lots of caramel, vanilla, alcohol, boozy. Aftertaste: little sourish, caramel, vanilla, sugar, coffee, soft roastedness, sweet, charcoal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14794) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Tap at RnH, Nyc. Opaue brown color, brown and lace, Vanilla, lactose, toasted malts. Medium to full-bodied. Delicious vanilla, some bourbon, cocoa. Nicely balanced. Good BA treatment.

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