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Ugly Sweater - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A case of the winter warm and fuzzies requires two things: a sweater that only a grandma could love and this sweet, creamy, dark milk stout

(Beer added by: Rutager on 11-21-2012)
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jlefa, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

scameron, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

phys1028, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of leaddog
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of frothy mocha head.

Smell- roasted malts, chocolate, nuttiness, and hint of dark fruit.

Taste- Similar to the aromas, with the roasted malts and chocolate taking centre stage with the nuttiness coming through in the end with a slight hint of dark fruit. Drinks like a porter rather than a stout.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A milk stout that is weak in its delivery. Drinks more like a porter than a stout. This brew has elements there but needs to go back to the drawing board to make it more true to the milk stout style.

leaddog, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of schnarr84
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

schnarr84, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found a six-pack at Oak & Vine on 16th avenue in Calgary. Also currently available in Parallel 49 mixed packs for winter. I have a soft spot for milk stouts so grabbed this one immediately. Pours a dark brown to black with reddish highlights, topped with a decent amount of mocha colored head. Aroma is immediately smoky and lactic sour with a little yeasty funk, biscuit malt, and yet very sweet like a mocha latte. Tastes of malted milk, chocolate, burnt caramelized sugar, and blonde roast coffee with hints of red berry. The smoky, almost peaty aroma carries over onto the palate. Very creamy and smooth as one would expect but perhaps too much carbonation, an issue I sometimes encounter with this brewery. A solid drinkable milt stout with the requisite sweetness and creamy body. Contains too much black malt ... Quite smoky and burnt, a plus in other stouts but a (minor) fault here.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of OurHero
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance - look's really thin and silky for a stout & has a little thin layer of head as well i love the little bubble's in my glass.

smell - not too much going on here you could generally smell what a stout would smell like.

taste - was what i expected a nice creamy balance of chocolate and coffee notes. the alcohol was well hidden in this 5% beverage. the after taste was very creamy wich is what i expect from a milk stout.

mouthfeel - this beer is very easy to drink my glass only lasted a couple of minutes because im a stout drinker. Almost feel's like i stuck of bar of Aero's in my mouth and let it melt.

overall - 13 dollar's for a 6 pack this beer is interesting as it's a milk stout wich can make it more creamy but stout drinkers might want a little more flavor were this one was more well rounded with chocolate, coffee and milk.

OurHero, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Boozecamel, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ZachT, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Hornet2003, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Geoffeweizen, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

1stOffender, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KStark, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Kmat10, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

EduardoOrtega01, May 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

souvenirs, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Dark brown body, looks lighter in the pour. 2-3 fingers of foam that lasts a minute or two for disappearing, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: Charred wood, chocolate, lactic, bit roasted, milk chocolate.

Taste: Mild espresso, cold milk chocolate, cocoa powder, bit nutty. Lacks depth, a bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, bit watery, lacks robustness but some smoothness to it.

Overall: Average offering, a bit too ordinary.

papat444, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Coastal_Brew, Mar 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Tolosa, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

604growler, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of smekermann
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've been pondering this beer's label. Its label is much like this beer: a toothless guy wearing a sweater only a grandma could love. That kind of describes the beer in a nutshell, I think. It's a bit of a toothless stout only grandmas could love.

I guess I should appease the BA review etiquette and talk about its appearance, smell, etc. Its appearance is fine: it looks like a stout, it pours a pretty dark... uh... black, I guess? It also leaves some decent lacing as the beer is emptied from its shell. Smell is faint cocoa, maybe some caramel.

Taste is where I run into somewhat of a problem with this stout. It tastes like sweet cocoa milk, basically. The emphasis is on the word sweet. This is a sweet stout in the fullest sense of the word and it's nearly undrinkable for me. It's a really unbalanced stout in that it misses anything that would even out the sweetness: some roasted malts, an invigorating coffee flavor, some nice bitter hops at the end. Due to this, it also lacks any sort of complexity that would make a stout like this interesting. It basically just tastes like pure, teeth-rotting, sweet milk chocolate. I guess some people might find that appealing but it's really not what I look for in my stouts.

I've found it mixes great with other beers, though. Try half a glass of this and half a glass of Salty Scot. You'll end up with what amounts to a Mars bar in liquid, alcoholic form. Truly a match made in heaven. It also works great with other stouts you may find too strong either flavor-wise or ABV-wise. Is that imperial stout making you a bit too rowdy? No worries! Dilute it with a bit of Ugly Sweater and you'll find yourself truly enjoying life and your new beer cocktail! In view of that, maybe I should give it a higher rating. Hmmm. Nahhhh.

smekermann, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ericj551, Feb 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

cbnz, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/2/13

A dark cola edges with a short lived thumbs width of mocha foam that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S coco and dried dark fruit, sweet chocolate and some cold coffee cream included, smells decent

T fruity dark roast, much like the smell but with a little more sweetness, again pretty solid

M light-medium and creamy, sweet nutty coco finish lingers for a while

O not a bad milk stout at the end of the day, nice mellow sweetness and roast work rather well

I could have another without getting board but not the best I've had from this great new brewer, worth a shot in the mixed 12

wordemupg, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parallel 49 -'Ugly Sweater' Milk Stout @ 5.0% , from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles costing $13 , consumed over the recent Holidaze season

A-pour is a very dark brown , with a thin tan/off white head that is quickly dissapating leaving a lace ring along the stein

S-coffee/espresso , hints of cocoa

T-sweetness+ , a sweet caramel malt dominates , taste is like a weak/mild RIS ,

MF-low carbonation , weak medium body beyond the 5.0 % ABV that's trying to pack a punch,

Ov-an easy drinking holiday beer , that's way to sweet for my palate , 6pack will be enough

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Jan 05, 2013
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Ugly Sweater from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.