Grand Reserve - Parish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tetu on 12-01-2012)
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Photo of brewskifan55
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 2014 edition. Poured into a snifter. Thanks for picking this one up, Cliff.

A: Ice tea brown. A tan half finger head that dissipates fast. Thick foamy lacing.

S: A wonderful blend of malts with a slight hoppiness this year.

T: Malts really shine through with a piney hop backbone. The blending is terrific. Sweet, sure-footed. Well balanced. A real sipper, for sure.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Glad I finally got to try one of these elusive beauties. Well worth the patience and price ($15). Would love to try one aged for a year or a vertical.

Photo of JScoot
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of masonacoats
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Dustin013
4.56/5  rDev +6%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Robyn
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, toffee, citrus zest, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of sugary, citrus, and wood characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jim13
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of PawPawPepperoni
4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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Grand Reserve from Parish Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.