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Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Barbapapa Imperial Russian StoutBarbapapa Imperial Russian Stout

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DomingoOrtiz on 12-09-2013)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:15:23 | More by Dope
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stoked to try this one, heard nothing but great things...split into tulips...

A: Awesome, ominous used-motor-oil pour yields a body that sucks the light out of the room. Seriously. Cap and lacing are dark enough and adequate.

S: Huge depth of barley character for a straight-up RIS. The black patent malt and deep, smoky roastiness is off the charts. Beneath that lies notes of dark fruits, leafy hops, espresso and dark chocolate.

T: More of the same, huge amounts of roasted barley, char, dark chocolate, black cherry, molasses, and anise.

MF: What can I say here, just a textbook example of a malty RIS that hides its ABV well. Thick, syrupy, sludgy, sticky, with low carbonation.

O: Just an awesome un-barreled RIS. Thanks so much Adam!

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04-07-2014 15:39:40 | More by Scotchboy
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours an intimidating viscous black with almost no head. Dark, fruity aromas waft up from the glass in waves of deep fig, raisin, molasses, cigar smoke, and chalk. Big imperial palate with a boozy oak char and tobacco, a bitter and uniquely herbal blend that rises with some distinct notes of anise, blackcurrant, hickory smoke, cooked mushroom, and catty hops. Lots of nuance - very sippable. Finishes a tad chalky, with some dry smoke. Moderate viscosity, thinner than normal, with little carbonation. This beer focuses on some of the flavors and aromas that are usually more subtle in other stouts, so it's an interesting drink - and an enjoyable one, too.

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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.

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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.

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Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
94 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.