Grand Reserve - Parish Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -7.6%
Thanks to CaptCleveland, a guy who sends five extras in a single bottle trade; this was one of them. Then follows it up with a box full of Heady for no apparent reason. Just wait, you…750ML bottle with a small cap of red wax. 2012, bottle #967.
The pour is a flaking rusted red with the consistency of pasta-drained water. Murky, touch of sediment, more head than I’d figure from a big brew with lots of barley. Nose brings whipped caramel, fig-dipped fruits, & a serrated edge of alcohol. Mixed in is a handful of intangible, you know, that secret ingredient that makes your mouth moist when your nose fills with a beer’s scent. Yes.
Parish’s Grand Reserve is foamy for a defensive lineman. Foamy carbonation greets the palate to the extent that I almost lose what the first sip tastes like. Back into the bubbly breach once more, but after sucking off the head, it calms down. Enough caramel billows out to warrant an NOAA alert, backed by more sweet malt, toffee. Mild pine hops are still hanging by a fingernail, & then the alcohoool takes a whiffle bat to the brain stem. Whoosh. Slicker than most barleywines (that was a hard word to type).
Big paws on this creature & I can feel the pads sinking into my ears. Maybe I should drink more, or eat more, or just walk up the stairs. Slowly. Maybe CaptCleveland is trying to kill me. Very good beer.
06-17-2014 02:38:07 | More by maximum12
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
In 2012, I was working one block away from Stein’s in New Orleans and this quickly became my go-to beer. Had I known that it were scarce, I would have created a stock pile. So my unbiased opinion is that this may be the best beer brewed in Louisiana. It’s hard to come by even in-state. Parish has now started a Grand Reserve day at the brewery for the annual release.
I’ll review the 2013 that I had a few weeks ago. It has everything you want in a barley wine. It’s rich and malty with carmel undertones. Strong but balanced and creamy. A new bottle will boast bitterness and hops, but the beer is recommended to be aged. I’ve also had the 2012 after about a year of aging and the hops were mellow and just about perfect for my preference.
05-15-2014 14:42:29 | More by PawPawPepperoni
4.36/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Pours a deep amber with a light tan/biscuity colored head. About what I'd expect from a barleywine.
S - A bit of caramel sweetness with bready malts and light spices. I'm not getting a lot of hops.
T - Burnt caramel & toffee dominate here... Not overly sweet... Big bready malts... Again, not a lot of hoppiness though there is a bit of bitterness at the end. Simple, but so pleasing.
M - Medium bodied, medium to full carbonation. Not overly cloying/sweet and has a wet finish.
O - They nailed it... Loving this release.
05-19-2013 19:36:05 | More by cvm4
3.69/5 rDev -14.8%
2012 vintage 750ml bottle number 731 generously sent to me by egadbananas, appreciate it. Ruby red color, good head that hangs on for along time given the abv. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, raisins, barleywine. Taste is exactly the same but also has hints of butterscotch and caramel. Overall this is a good barleywine, not too hoppy and seems to fit the style perfectly, enjoyable.
03-30-2013 04:10:39 | More by ArrogantB
4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
Parish Grand Reserve has a thick, soapy, and somewhat creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, and some slight lacing left around the glass. The aroma is very sweet and bready, with a bit of hop spiciness in the sniff. The taste is of sweet, caramel, brown bread (think Roman Meal brand), sugar, toffee, and alcohol. Some piney hop bitterness shows up as well. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Parish Grand Reserve finishes mostly dry, mellow, smooth, and rather drinkable. Be warned- this will knock you down. Overall, it’s excellent, and I would love it if others could try it.
01-03-2013 20:19:22 | More by RonaldTheriot
Grand Reserve from Parish Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.