Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by Thickfreakness:
4.79/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours like year old motor oil into my Bruery tulip. Huge deep, dark tan head that doesn't so much float atop this pitch black beer, as it does live and grow upon it. Thick and chunky lacing drips, sticks and clings all over the glass. Nice oily legs. I'm not sure I've ever seen an IRS this amazing!
It's key to let this huge brew warm up. Giant notes of dark Belgian chocolate, vanilla, espresso beans and fudge. It has a nice brightness from the citrusy hops with underlying dark dried frruits. Whisps of caramel rolled in cocoa and orange zest. This has amazing depth! Not picking up any of the 12%abv at all.
WOW! just... I need a moment here! LOL! This everything I always hoped I'd find everytime I popped open an Imperial Stout, but almost never do. Rich dark chocolate covered coffee beans, vanilla caramel candy rolled in citrus zest and dark cherry pieces. The alcohol is barely noticeable and that's saying something in a 12% IRS. Just an absolute perfect blend of Citrus, cocoa, coffee and charred malt. It doesn't get much better than this.
So thick you almost feel like you have to chew each sip. It's so creamy in the way it just envelopes your tongue and mouth. Perfection!!!
I'm not sure I've ever had a regular IRS that WOW'd me like this! This is damn near perfection. I'm not even sure if barrel aging this would improve, or take away from what is already damn near a perfect stout. Hat's of to Pretty Things yet again! I need to do a Black & Tan of this and Our Finest Regards!
01-20-2014 04:48:04 | More by Thickfreakness
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 141 ratings.