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Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 44
Gots: 44 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DomingoOrtiz on 12-09-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ralerwen, Thursday at 03:16 PM
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, roasted coffee, molasses, chocolate, caramel, a little soy, toffee, earthy, toasted, a little nutty, and oats.

Taste: The flavors blend really well together. Ash, roasted, chocolate, oat, toasted, nutty, molasses, toffee, caramel, earthy, slight soy, and mild bitterness in the rear. Alcohol is barely noticeable given the 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, deceiving hidden alcohol, low to medium carbonation, and ashy bitterness.

Overall: Truly one of the best RIS I have had. I will look forward to more of these in the future. This beer got better as it warmed.

Flounder57, Sep 15, 2014
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Flight317, Sep 11, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +12.6%

A: Pours a dark black, some amber coloration when held to the light. A small tan head quickly forms and then fades away. Some lacing evident.

S: Roasted grains, some alcohol, chocolate

T: Wow, really flavorful. The roasted bitterness is beautifully assertive. Roasted, chocolate, coffee, smoke, hazelnut flavors move in waves on the tongue. There is a nice balance and interplay between sweet and bitterness. The bitterness dominates in the finish and leaves you wanting another sip. This is a great beer. Gets better and better as it warms.

M: Fairly well carbonated for a beer this full bodied and assertive, it has a great mouthfeel. A bit oily and thick bodied like I want in a RIS.

O: I have always been a fan of Pretty Things, but I think they have hit this one out of the park. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had that is not Barrel Aged. My hats off to Pretty Things.

PS: If anyone knows of a bottle shop that still has this on the shelves, please please PM me. Thanks.

imscotty, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

muskiesman, Aug 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from bomber into Terrapin snifter.

A: Deep dark black pour with a thick brown head that lingers and tickles the nose.

S: Roasted malts and dark roast coffee on the nose. Hints of chocolate and vanilla linger and become more apparent as it warms.

T: Initial taste is chocolate chip and fudge brownie but is quickly followed by 90% dark chocolate and coffee notes. It finishes with coffee and burnt malts but with brownie and chocolate lingering on the tongue.

M: Perfectly done here with a nice thick motor oil feel but wonderfully carbonated. I've never encountered a stout with a mouthfeel that I enjoy more. Thick and luscious and amazing.

Overall this is my #1 non barrel aged/non chili stout to date. I'd buy a case of these if given the chance.

dsigmon, Aug 22, 2014
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Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
96 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.