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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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PNC Imperial Buckwheat StoutPNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout

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350 Ratings

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 266
Gots: 64 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-11-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled this at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Served chilled in a balloon glass.

I was very excited to sample this beer, having heard amazing things about it. The pour is dark...black in the glass with a creamy tan head consisting of small bubbles. The head retention is good, not much in the way of lacing.

The smell of this beer is simply an intense oak aroma, almost completely dominated. There are dark roast malts and subtle tequila, but really this is an oak bomb. It is certainly enticing, and smells wonderful really, but is it too one dimensional?

The signature Firestone Walker smoothness! The velvety smooth body is contrasted with a slight heat on tongue, and notes of tequila in the finish. Simply perfect carbonation level here, with very fine bubbles that helps to contribute to the smooth body. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, berries, agave, and corn syrup all mingle together. There was more to appreciate in the flavor than was hinted at in the aroma. The tequila is extremely subtle....very understated. I think that is a positive thing here.

Firestone Walker's PNC is incredible. Extremely flavorful, and despite the heat, not harsh but so so smooth, and I wish that I could drink this again. I will say that the brewer I was hanging out with just said "I fucking hate Firestone Walker." And he meant that in the nicest of ways...like "How the hell do they do it?"

MusicaleMike, Apr 11, 2014
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Well to start out, I am surprised to see this classified as an American double stout. I would have guessed it was gonna be classified as a wheatwine, but whaddo I know.

For a double stout, it sure is light and 'not black' looking. It was a reddish brown from where I was standing, but hey, I was a few beers in already at the time I savored this at the FW Invitational. The head was thin and beige.

Aroma was similar to the Melange 3/Bruery Anniversary beers in that it was full of a toffee and barrel sweetness like an alcoholic box of Cracker Jacks. I liked the aroma of Mikkeller's Tequila barrel black hole, and this one is no different. Throw in some coconut and vanilla in the aroma to round it out. Complex.

Taste drinks frighteningly smooth and is easy to drink for something so strong. Tasted nowhere near that type of abv. Oak is pleasant. Mild cocao contribution to the smoothness and just enough sweetness to counteract any bitterness. A mellow ride, man.

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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.