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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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343 Ratings

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 262
Gots: 69 | FT: 14
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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

jmccraney, Dec 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Sisky, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

OC_Beer_Fan, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

topdown, Nov 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

IPAIsaac, Nov 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

savagepm, Nov 23, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this via On-Tap at Toro SD and also via bottle. Not much variance between the two. Enjoyed this thoroughly. Deep black, with a silky mouthfeel. Hints of caramel and oak, and a sweet finish. With a bit more age, this score would go up higher. Usually hate tequila, but this had notes of it and did it well. Excited to try this again if a certain friend decides to crack his bottle! ;)

SaltySizzle, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

analogchainsaw, Nov 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

parrotsnest, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

dwagner003, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

IPAyForHops, Nov 14, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken at Toronado, San Diego.

A- Pitch black oil thick brew from the taps into a small flute. Dark mocha colored head forms on top of it. A nice size and good retention. Nice ring remains as well as some islands and lace is patchy.

S- Rich chocolate and roast malts lead the way like Parabola but there is a distinct difference with the barrel feel, semi-tequila hint.

T -Super rich roast chocolate malts with some vanilla and tequila character, that hard to describe flavor in only tequila, just a hint of it. Oak vanilla, pepper, spice and some fruit feel. Barrel feel is quite nice.

MF- Super thick and chewy with smooth, moderately high carbonation. Finishes with a substantial but nice warmth.

Reminds me a lot of Parabola in the base beer but the barrel feel is substantially different enough to make this have its own character. Would love to try again but don't see that happening.

cbutova, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

LaChupacabra, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Smarty_Pints, Nov 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

kapkenobi, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

smartassboiler, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

baybum, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

kristougher, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

illidurit, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Jspriest, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

anteater, Nov 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

aquazr1, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

chippo33, Nov 03, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- I received this beer with a minimal amount of head which appeared to have been a very light and creamy beige. Minimal retention. The body is a murky and opaque, dark chocolate brown. Good lacing is left behind.

Nose- This is delicious and exactly what you expect from a barrel aged Firestone Walker. Slight coconut. Loaded with caramel, vanilla, and toffee. But what's the star of the show? Butterscotch. Butterscotch which is very warm and glowing. This is very promising.

Taste- Coconut and coconut and more coconut. Another good offering from Firestone Walker. The heat is pretty high that is to be expected from a tequila barrel. Also, this shows pretty much all of the notes of the nose. Caramel, vanilla, and toffee. The butterscotch, however, is not as prominent as on the the nose. The tequila qualities are slight. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Not quite as good as a Parabola or an Abacus but definitely better than DDBA or Velvet Merkin. I was apprehensive about this beer since it was aged in tequila barrels but the slight contribution of the tequila is a nice touch. Very complex malt bill with rich but restrained sweetness. The tequila flirts around the edges.

Mouthfeel- Just below heavy bodied with healthy carbonation. Some grittiness.

Drinkability- Deceptive and thus dangerous. The heat mellows as you go and this is great at 6 bucks for a 6 oz pour given its very limited release.

Overall- Really good, almost great. Wouldn't rank it as high as the mean but still a really good offering from Firestone Walker.

artoolemomo, Nov 03, 2013
PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.