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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: 159
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 44
Gots: 44 | FT: 3
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 Willytee3:
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 22oz bottle.

A silky viscous pour with a slowly emerging 1 finger foam head made of tiny bubbles that reduce slowly to tiny islands of film across a jet back sea. The film resembles a star filled milky way night sky with decent spotty lace. Dark, dark, java black color with hints of red highlights when held to light.

Smells of complex toasty malts, milk chocolate and espresso, with no burnt malts presence. Hints of green olive, earth and wood smoke. Red licorice with touch of brown sugar sweetness and vanilla.

Tastes of silky dark red fruit with chocolate and espresso smooth malts. Medium bitter chocolate slowly tapers into a dry slightly spicy oak like finish with damp earthy hops. The brew coats the mouth with silky smooth malts and a dry dusty mouth feel that warms up with only a touch of welcoming alcohol.

Overall a silky mouthful of smooth complex malts without a hint of char and a medium to full body balancing an earthy hop presence.

Willytee3, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%

Iparedman, Sep 05, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

freewill35, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

blknikon, Feb 09, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
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
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
96 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.