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Grand Reserve - Parish Brewing Company

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tetu on 12-01-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

acevenom, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

JamesStreet, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of tetu
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: little head. I blame the bartender
Smell: caramel molasses and spice. Good hop presence.
Taste: nice balance of malt and hops. More bitter than malty. Caramel with slight biscuit with hop bitterness on top and some alcohol (a good amount for winter)
Mouthfeel: chewy and alcohol numbing(in a good way) without tasting 11%.
Drink ability: a filling beer but hides its abc well. Great brew to drink in the cold months.
Overall: solid beer. Maybe the best brew produced in Louisiana.

tetu, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one while pre-gaming going out jazz club hopping in New Orleans at Avenue Pub! Served from cask into an imperial pint. Poured brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and subtle sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. When I saw this one come up on the list at the upstairs bar at Avenue Pub I had to make the trek upstairs to check it out. I had never had a barleywine on cask without some sort of addition done to it, so this was definitely different. I actually liked the mellowness of it as some barleywines can be quite abrasive to the palate. I wish there would have been a little more of a hop presence going on though as it definitely would have helped. Glad I got the chance to try it, but I would love to try it on tap with a little more hoppiness though.

thagr81us, Dec 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

goochpunch, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jlog7910, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

EgadBananas, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TheBeerWitch, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


RonaldTheriot, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

BayouBengal1537, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

injuredreserve, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cfaulman, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jwff, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

HeadyTheElder, Dec 16, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

PawPawPepperoni, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Beerbuddha, Sep 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Melman, Mar 23, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

cvm4, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

CDCNAM, Feb 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

wyatt, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jim13, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jhhollier, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

wiltznucs, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kingmaker, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

maximum12, Jun 17, 2014
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Grand Reserve from Parish Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.