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Parallel 49 Barrel Aged Series Russian Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Vancouver, Canada
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (632) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Visual: Pours inkjet black with a smallish creamy head, a thin layer of retention, some lacing, active streams visible near the surface. Nose: rich caramel malts (lvl-7)-pungency Attack: light fizzy-creamy, incoming heavy malts Mid-palate: alcohol heaviness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, subtle roast, chocolate, soy sauce, cola, sweet oaked whiskey Finish: tingly, medium boozy, sweet chocolate malt finish with light hopped bitterness. Summary: Solid flavours, body, and drinkability. It could be a bit creamier but overall texture is pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChewyBeer (54) - SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours dark and thick with tan head. Rich sweet chocolaty nose. Full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Chocolate flavour combined with plum notes underlying. Not bad but wouldn’t drink a six pack.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeybates (1) - - MAY 22, 2014 does not count
This is an amazing Imperial Stout, it’s been my favourite beer for the last year.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
Dark brown, thin head, sweet, bourbony, aroma. Similar palate. Hop is understated. Balanced. Not too barrelly or boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (1065) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
2014 bomber. Pours almost black with faded ruby edges. Initial pour showed a promising, sizzly, airy caramel cap, but 83 seconds later, nothing more than 2 zits (large ’face’ whiteheads w/ surrounding irritation) and a thin edge ring. No lacing. Aroma of a mud-pie, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, over-ripe plum, bourbon, wood, alcohol. Taste is sweet. Low carbonation and chewy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (938) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2014 Bottle, big thanks to Jan! Pours dark brown with small, light brown head. Settles quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is vanilla, caramel bourbon, oaky, toasty, smells fairly sweet, mildly fruity. Flavor is fairly sweet up front, plum, fading smoothly into a vanilla, sweet bourbon finish. Not much stout roast remaining, mostly sweet bourbon. Very soft carbonation, medium-full body, smooth texture, and warm finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dslam (59) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Poured from a chilled 650 ml bottle. Extremely dark pour with mocha colored creamy head that disappeared fairly quickly. I have no idea why, but I smell something oily, coconut oil, maybe from the wax coating that was put outside. I smell sone whisky as well. The first sip of this dark elixir, fills your mouth with a variety of complex tastes. Very smooth liquid that coats your entire mouth. Initial taste is of smooth chocolate and burnt malts. It leaves a slight taste of smokey whiskey with a hint of something subtle, maybe vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (578) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Poured from 650mL bottle. Black with minimal tan head. Aroma of tobacco, whiskey, mild dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste of tobacco, chocolate, and mild whiskey, mild alcohol. Nice complexity. This just took the spot of my favourite Parallel 49 beer (Toques of Hazard a very close second).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (909) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
Deep brown pour with a short tan head. Aroma is nice and wrist with some lightly smoky malt. Taste is gadfly bitter with lots of woody barrel, and some burnt chocolate. Body it’s medium thin

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1292) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
1/26/2014 Parallel 49 Beer Tasting Dinner at The Brownstone, Round Four: Shared bomber. Hueless darkest brown, firm foamy mocha head settles and fades. Chocolate dark roast aroma and taste, sweet and malty, caramel and coffee, oaky vanilla and a hint of whiskey. Soft carbonation, medium-full bodied, light spicy herbal floral hop presence. Bittersweet finish. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys) Paired with ’Vladmir Poutine’ Deep Fried Pelmeni with Cheddar Curds, Foi Gravy and Truffle Oil.


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