PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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PNC Imperial Buckwheat StoutPNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout

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369 Ratings
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 274
Gots: 63 | FT: 13
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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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of draheim
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz (batch 001, bottled 5/17/2013) into a tulip. Pours an oily black w/ almost no head, just a thin wispy film remains after a minute or so.

Aroma is huge chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roasty malt, and sticky caramel. This glass is oozing with dense, drippy aromas.

Taste is likewise bittersweet, roasty, chocolatey, and boozy-hot. Lots of nice oaky char. I get a sense of some kind of spirits but if I didn't know better, I would probably assume it was bourbon. But then I am no tequila connoisseur either. I might just like this even better than Parabola.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, heavy, thick, coating. Silky smooth.

Overall a huge barrel-aged beer from Firestone Walker. Tons of flavor, empty calories, and booze. Drinking this beer is like slipping into a velvet smoking jacket and retreating to the game room.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass with a one finger brown head that left some lacing, but more clear around the edges.

S-Some spirit flavor, not much of tequila, but maybe I haven't had enough good tequila. Oak, some char. Sugar, molasses and chocolate as well.

T-Once again it starts with the spirit flavors, more spicy that say a bourbon. Oak and char as well. Then rounded out with molasses and some chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-I was iffy on the tequila barrels, but they gave off a nice flavor and produced a really good beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Kuhuh
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first of the set of 3 someone had given me as a present. The perfect smoothness of a great tequila blended with the dark and rich flavors of an imperial stout. My mouth divulged the oaky flavors and it was a tad bit dry. You will want to have a little water near by in my opinion. This beer will always be in my top due to the fact I never knew you could blend such amazing flavors.

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3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. A little transparent at the edges. Medium khaki collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Chocolate. Boozy. Vanilla. Some oak.

Taste - Chocolate. Vanilla and bourbon. A little bit of nuttiness. The finish has what must be that tequila barrel flavor, although I wouldn't call it directly tequila. Definitely something that I'm not sure I love. Very oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Hefty body. Boozy. Sharp oak. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The tequila barrel throws me off, but the rest of this beer is fantastic.

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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on-tap x2; Burgundian

I was out of town when this limited-release bottle whale blew through Bottleworks and I was beginning to think I was never going to have an opportunity to try it until Burgundian put it on tap for their uber-casual 2nd anniversary. Dark bodied and sporting a full mocha head - this beast is heavy on the chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The tequila barrel imparts boozy and wooden notes, but no discernible tequila flavors for me

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour on draft at Falling Rock in Denver, CO. Poured into an unlabeled goblet today, 11/18/2014.

Looks positively black. Dark opaque and black body with a lovely one finger width head with great retention that finally drops into a thick mocha film. Not much lacing.

Smells damn sweet. Lots of oak and a delicious, chocolately sweetness with a nice sharp rye-like flavor to cut the sweetness. Very good, not quite decadent but more than enjoyable.

Similar to the nose- lots of chocolate dark malt sweetness cut by a nice sharpness and plenty of barrel oak. Very interesting combination with the touch of tequila but not über complex. Very tasty nonetheless.

Phenomenal. Thick bodied, creamy and fluffy on the palate. Leaves a nice heat on the back end similar to doing tequila.

Great mouthfeel, unique sharpness and sweet chocolates accompanied to the excellent oak barrel presence as expected of Firestone. I suspect it's higher rated because of the limited bottle production and I wouldn't give up what people ask for bottles. At the same time I'm glad to have tried this thanks to the folks at Falling Rock.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.