Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
08-22-2014 13:04:14 | More by dsigmon
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
Dark and viscous. Dark chocolate and coffee on the nose. VELVETY smooth on the palete, and a bit cloying with the strong alcohol content rearing its head as it warms. Fantastic. A world-class example of the style, and the best offering from a very interesting "brew project". Note that I would love to taste this after being cellared for a considerable amount of time, however, it wouldn't last a week...
08-17-2014 14:30:48 | More by Belichick36
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
Ah, the big daddy of all stouts- the imperial stout finds favor with the beer designers and executioners of Pretty Things beer. Its firm roasty character is in check but so is a creamy sweet taste and texture that chases this taste from front to back.
Its certain black appearance is onyx in its mirror sheen. And all that firmness is locked in as the nose picks up on espresso, dark chocolate and heavy toast. Once the lips reach the glass, its creamy sweet and viscous character is boastful of marshmallow and s'mores.
Over the middle, a proud espresso, bittersweet chocolate and burnt milk flavor easily seduces the palate while kahlua silky, milky textures take on marshmallowy taste and texture. Even while a mild campfire aridness ensues, notions of burnt marshmallow are hard to ignore.
In long and fashionable finish, lavish sweetness is awash on the palate, latching onto the mouth with unapologetic comfort. Warm and simmering, the stout's strong alcohol character calders beneath and offers subtle reprieve from its persistent sweetness.
08-09-2014 07:30:01 | More by BEERchitect
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
Sampled from a 22oz bottle I picked up in RI and took home to NC.
A - Black with no light and a big tan head. Just what I'd expect from an IS.
S - Coffee and smoke. Powerful but well executed. Some European dark chocolate as well.
T - A very different IS. More roasty, smoky and dry than many. Very interesting. I'm not a coffee drinker but this one strikes me as a fine cup of coffee.
M - Creamy with a well behaved carbonation.
O - A unique and interesting IS. Glad I came across this one.
07-26-2014 12:06:19 | More by GJ40
4.51/5 rDev +3.9%
A - Jet black pour with a nice chocolately head. Simple lacing developed... but certainly a very impressive looking stout.
S -Melted chocolate. A deep, heavy aroma of roasted malts with a hint of hops at the end. Creamy.
T - Nice and full. A very sweet tasting stout, balanced well with a light amount of hops that doesn't upset the heavy handed malt flavor. You could almost drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in here, and I'm sure it would match perfectly.
M - Very heavy mouthfeel here, feels like just it looks. I'm not a fan of stouts/porters which don't live up to their appearance (The last thing you want out of a stout is a thin, wateriness). And this beer stays thick. Little bit of a lingering aftertaste, but nothing wrong with that.
O - Great stout, without question. The $8 pricetag is a bit much, but know that you're getting a high class stout with Pretty Things. I'd get this again.
07-21-2014 00:40:08 | More by alexbutler
4.39/5 rDev +1.2%
A-pours a silky inky black with a thin layer of dark tan head that quickly disappears to leave a ring around the top
S-chocolate malt, vanilla, and roasted dark coffee
T-taste is very very good, similar to the smell with roasted coffee and malt, chocolate, light vanilla, and slight nutty taste
M-full body, creamy, light to medium carbonation
Overall amazing mouthfeel, creamy and thick, I will be drinking this again and again.
07-19-2014 21:19:39 | More by ksimons
Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
96 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.