Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml waxed bottle. 2012 vintage, Bottle no. 1709. Pours a muddy brown with a large foamy head. The aroma has notes of prunes, caramel, citrus and maybe even some chocolate hidden in there. It is fairly clean for a barleywine. Not bad! The taste has some dark fruit like flavors with a seemingly medium level of bitterness across the middle. It is not bracing bitterness. Some light milk chocolate and brown sugar flavors start to show up as it warms. A pretty good middle of the road barleywine. Thanks Evan!
ronaldtheriot (976) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Parish Grand Reserve has a thick, soapy, and somewhat creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, and some slight lacing left around the glass. The aroma is very sweet and bready, with a bit of hop spiciness in the sniff. The taste is of sweet, caramel, brown bread (think Roman Meal brand), sugar, toffee, and alcohol. Some piney hop bitterness shows up as well. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Parish Grand Reserve finishes mostly dry, mellow, smooth, and rather drinkable. Be warned- this will knock you down. Overall, it’s excellent, and I would love it if others could try it. RJT