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Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Barbapapa Imperial Russian StoutBarbapapa Imperial Russian Stout

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 50
Gots: 47 | FT: 9
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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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Dope, Jan 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled December 2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit (cherries), molasses, nuts, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, nuts, molasses, smoke, nuts, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall imperial stout, I'll have to pick up more the next time I come across some. Pretty Things did a great job with this brew! $8.99 a bomber.

bluejacket74, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of imscotty
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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
Photo of Flounder57
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

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
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

tbryan5, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

sabitu, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

cincysig, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%

Doomcifer, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

alienlifeforcecube, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev -8.5%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

doremite, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

striker2160, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Iparedman
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%

Iparedman, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of JamesStreet
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

JamesStreet, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Pinioned
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Pinioned, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

freewill35, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of blknikon
4.5/5  rDev +3%

blknikon, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of alexbutler
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

alexbutler, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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!

Hopdaemon39, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Brewsephus
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Brewsephus, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Enriquehopnog, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Flaherbear, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Kevincredible, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Nage37, Aug 03, 2014
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Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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