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Bzar Beans - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Bzar Beans
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 16.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kramerwtmf on 05-18-2014)
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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%

Reviewed from notes. On tap @ the source in Buellton for the Bretta Rose release.

A: Pours black with a 1/4-inch thick mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Dark roasted malts, mellow coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon.

T: Follows nose with more oaky wood and malty chocolate and coffee.

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes rich, smooth, slightly bitter, coffee and bourbon/chocolate.

O: An old (7 to 8 year) barrel of Black Zantus was "discovered". Find some more of this, please.

wethorseblanket, Aug 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 19, 2014
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1/5  rDev -78.3%

Roth_Daddy, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

brotherliam, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

straightlambic, Jul 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

drummermattie02, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

neurobot01, Jun 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Ferrari805, Jun 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

ChrisCutler, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

DCLAguy11, Jun 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, brown sugar, toffee, slight coffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great smells and rich flavors that are super tasty.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Rado, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

drewone, May 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

2GOOFY, May 28, 2014
Photo of RutgersEng
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had this at the Bretta Rose release in Buelton last Saturday. It was part of the flight of all 7 of their ale's on tap. I actually did this one three times as I couldn't believe the mellow complexity of the beer. Although I have to say I am no fan of the name, not sure who thought that was a good idea.

It is a very dark viscous beer, with no head. The smell is of barrel aging with notes of vanilla/oak and a slight coffee aroma on the end.

The taste was the real surprise as it was the mellowest coffee flavor that I have encountered in a coffee stout. It blended almost imperceptibly with the barrel character with the sweet vanilla notes and boubon on the finish. Although the alcohol was hardly noticable. I don't even know what the ABV is for this beer.

I was so intrigued that I ran down one of the staff and asked about the pedigree of the beer. He said it was a RIS that was coffee infused and then barrel aged. Now Parabola is a RIS that is barrel aged and I asked if this was a coffee Parabola. But he said no this was infused with coffee and then barrel aged. You go figure what this means, but I think it was better than any RIS coffee stout that I have ever had. And I am a huge fan of coffee stouts. If this ever becomes available in the future it will be a killer stout for FW and one I would gladly pony up the money for in massive quantities.

RutgersEng, May 22, 2014
Photo of mrkdwrds
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly good imperial stout from FW - probably the best I've had, along with BVDL. I think I actually prefer this as it's less viscous and sweet, and more "balanced" for an imperial stout aged in barrels, but it maintains the incredible depth of flavor. This must be a contender for the best stout on Earth.

Nothing is over-done; there is some coffee and bourbon present, but neither makes itself known in terms of bitterness (coffee) or heat (bourbon), just the flavors you want to come through in a beer. Anyways, I sound like I'm being a fan-boy but I just haven't been impressed by too many stouts lately - too much heat, umami/soy, not enough integration, no complexity etc. ( even stuff like BBPt5 and Black Note have underwhelmed). That said, this beer absolutely knocked it out of the park.

mrkdwrds, May 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Proto-PrabaJava...7 year old barrel found somewhere in the barrel house just chillin. Ridiculous, but that’s why FW is my favorite brewery.

Tried this at the Bretta Rose/Sticky Monkey release.

Very dark and murky, intense oak flavor and very boozy (dont know how much). Finished with a sublimely subtle taste of coffee. My favorite of the day.

Yby1acb, May 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Bzar Beans from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.