Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by Dope:
4.66/5 rDev +7.4%
Dec 2013 bottle. A month old or so.
A: Pitch-black, used-motor-oil pour. Thick and heavy. Small but super dense medium brown head. Lower carbonation I think. Despite the small head, it sticks around forever. Great retention and thick walls of lacing.
S: Black malt galore. Char and cocoa with hints of anise. Some dark fruits seep in, maybe raisins with black cherries? Toasted, nay burnt toast abound when swirled. I smell different roasted malt characteristics each time I sniff it.
T: More of the same. Strong, strong roasted malt character. Huge, even. Lower carbonation seems to enhance flavors. Huge charred malts, a little smoke and very bitter, bitter chocolate. Dark fruits show up with again, a black cherry-like flavor. Hints of dates, raisins, maybe even grape? That toasty, burnt bread is everywhere. Hints of anise in the aftertaste. Long lingering, mouth coating (due to the syrupy nature) aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate with some char.
M: Super thick, super viscous, heavy heavy heavy. Lower carbonation amplifies the effect. May be one of the thickest mouthfeels I've had. Better than Ten Fidy, IMO.
O: One hell of an RIS. Huge, bold flavors. Ultra thick and viscous body. This one is a doozy. The strength of flavors reminds me of a black tuesday or something similar with an ABV 50% higher. This is one heavy brew. It's almost too much, drinkability does suffer a bit. Definitely a sipper. A slow sipper. I will say, as much as I enjoy it, some barrel aging would cut the thickness a little and add even more complexity. Are you listening, Dan and Martha? Regardless, this is up there with the best RISes I've ever had. On par with Stone IRS, KtG and FIS for unbarreled RIS brews, IMO.
01-26-2014 02:15:23 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -6.9%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter
A - Thick black pour with a slight brownish-tan head. Real "clunky" pour. Can already tell this will be a weighty beast. Minimal lace.
S - Dark chocolate, raisin, date, some roastiness
T - Some of the chocolate comes through. A bit of cane syrup comes from the thick, sludgy sip. Some molasses with a little bit of the darker fruit hitting the back of the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden and pretty much lacks any hop presence at all.
M - Very viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to heavy on the palette. Light on the carbonation. Not quite a cough syrup feel but almost.
O - a little different from what I was suspecting but in a good way! The thick, syrupy mouthfeel was a pleasant surprise. Really good. Pretty Things rarely disappoints, imo.
03-07-2014 01:31:55 | More by JamesStreet
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
4.76/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured into a tulip- pitch black in color, less than a finger of mocha head, no retention or lacing.
Smell is wonderful- unbelievably rich roasted barley notes. There's definitely a chocolate component but it's very very roasty. I love it. Does not give away it's abv.
Deliciously rich. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, a little toffee. Not much to say except it is very rich but not cloying and has a hell of a roasted malt body.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth with minimal carbonation and full bodied obviously. This beer is awesome- deserves to be listed almost the great RI stouts. Get it!
02-09-2014 03:56:25 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from a 22oz into Duvel Tulip glass
A- Black as night. Creamy 2 finger tan head. Superfine bubbles.
S-Roast, intense roast. Chocolate, butter, dried figs.
T-Vanilla bean, bakers chocolate, light roast rye bread, some heat from the alcohol, fresh cut grass, banana esters.
M- Full, thick, viscous. Carbonation is Medium plus.
O- A very tasty, bready, black as the devil's soul, Imperial Stout. Nice balance of roast to mouthfeel and alcohol. Doesn't taste 12%. Lots of flavors to explore as this beer warms. Would buy again.
12-11-2013 04:52:41 | More by Brewsephus
Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
96 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.