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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

352 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 266
Gots: 63 | 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)
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Sammy, Aug 26, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 001.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, wood, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness 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 an awesome barrel aged presence but I am not getting any discernible tequila aromas or flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

zestar, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

spycow, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

largadeer, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

SocalKicks, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Jason, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

oline73, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip, black, with tinges of brown around the edges, and topped with a thin tan head that receded to a meager ringlet. In the nose, dark chocolate, dark fruits, booze, and lighter notes of coffee and vanilla. Rich, full taste, chocolate, figs, tequila very obvious and actually well-balanced, with a stiff oakiness from the barrel, dark malty sweetness, toffee, and a touch of toasted coconut. This was a big beer. BCBS-ish in nature (only with tequila). Slick, oily mouthfeel, full body, definitely boozy though, so it makes for a good sipper. Very good overall.

Rifugium, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

mendvicdog, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

MarkyMOD, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

InspectorBob, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

yourefragile, Oct 23, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pitch black and opaque wih a two finger, frothy mocha head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Great retention for the style with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.  

Inviting nose with a really strong barrel character that's nicely integrated into whatever the base beer is.  Plenty of damp oak, spicy bourbon, vanilla and coconut countered by sweet and roasted dark malt notes.  Subtle agave/tequila presence but it's overpowered by the bourbon and oak notes. Wouldn't have guessed it was in there if I didn't know.  Spicy bourbon and vanilla bean flavor followed by gourmet roast, dark chocolate and sweeter, dessert-like bakers chocolate sweetness.  Smells great, I just wish that the tequila/agave was stronger/more noticeable in the aroma.

Thick and viscous full body with a strong boozy barrel presence that gives off a lot of heat and spicy bourbon flavor that lingers over the malt backbone into a sweet, slightly dry and hot finish.  Plenty of warmth in the chest.  Agave syrup and tequilla stands out here more than in the nose with a subtle citrus/honey character but again it's overshadowed by the oak and spicy bourbon.  Subtle toothpick/dry oak flavor with some vanilla, coconut and burnt sugar.  Huge spicy bourbon flavor countered by a nice tequila presence that starts to stand out as it warms.   Thankfully, the prominent barrel notes don't obliterate the malt flavors with plenty of roasted espresso bean, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate.  A little bit of dark fruit in there as well with some fig, plum and raisin.  More tequila/agave than in the nose but the flavor profile isn't quite as complex.   Needs some more malt sweetness and it's a bit too hot/boozy at this point for my preference.  It burns a bit going down and you can feel all 13+%!  This becomes more tolerable as it warms and the palate adjusts but it seems like it needs some time to mellow out.  

corby112, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

orangesol, May 28, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A : Poured a jet black with a light khaki head, some decent head retention leaves a light foamy curtains on the sides of the glass

S: A nice roastiness with a light booziness, some chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and coconut. I barely detect the "infamous" tequila

T: Upfront reminds me of a Parabola. Plenty of roast, vanilla, coconut and coffee. The tequila is sordove undercover until the finish and even then its not as boastful as I believe many, myself included were expecting.

M: Well carbonated, velvety, smooth and very flavorfull. Medium-full to full bodied, not very heavy. No stinging booze or astringency. Just liquid smoothness.

O: Very nice beer by my favorite brewery! This was consumed draft at the Bottleworks release. I was actually wanting a bit more tequila presence.

barleywinefiend, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

duceswild, Oct 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

BARFLYB, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

mdaschaf, Sep 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

rab53, Jun 10, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

liamt07, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 17, 2013
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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.