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Ugly Sweater - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 53
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 3.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rutager on 11-21-2012

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
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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 53
Reviews by Hornet2003:
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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Photo of BCborn
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Awesome idea for a Christmas-themed offering - the label appears to be a hillbilly Conan O'Brien, resplendent in his cheesiest holiday chemise.

This beer pours a deep, dark, damned-near black hue, with sexy ruby cola highlights when duly backlit, and two solid fingers of broadly bubbly, densely foamy pale beige head, which leaves some limestone strata lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of chalky dry cocoa, mild mid-day coffee, roasted caramel and toasted bready malt, a mild orchard fruitiness, and some tame lactic sourness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, hot chocolate powder, a soft oily nuttiness, some understated milky creaminess, and very faint earthy hops.

The bubbles are present, and supportive in an appropriate background way, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth in a decently creamy sense. It finishes on the sweet side, but just barely, the chocolate and cafe-au-lait notes still large and in charge.

A rather pleasant milk stout, with nicely attendant coffee shop flavours, an easy drinker when you must navigate the plates of too-available desserts, and even more so, the way-too prevalent shitty sweaters, apparently. (1,192 characters)

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great label! A truly handsome gent wearing a, you guessed it, ugly sweater. From notes.

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with some red coming through at the edges when held to a light. Looked filtered during the pour. Capped with about a finger of khaki head that fades quickly to a skim.

Smell. Creamy coffee and some sweet dark chocolate. Dark malts come through as well, maybe slightly metalic.

Taste. Creamy and sweet, but not too sweet. Some nice coffee and a bit of chocolate. Very smooth flavours, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. An incredibly easy drinking beer with some nice, classic milk stout flavours. I could, and will drink a bunch of these. Nice new beer from a great new BC brewery (762 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—traces of dark red are visible at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bottle in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lactose and has notes of dark malts and a little sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little lighter in body compared to most other milk stouts, but the light body nature makes it go down easily.

Serving type: bottle (749 characters)

Photo of findango
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

dark and heavy, not quite as thick as Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout (63 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark black/brown or cola with 1 finger of head that quickly dissipated to leave a skim of head across the top.

S: Strong aroma of espresso and cocoa powder followed toasted malts. Slight hint of cherries.

T: Toasted malts, slight acrid, similar to a drip coffee and hints of yeast. The strong espresso and cocoa powder that was on the nose is not apparent in the taste which I was looking forward to. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

M: Starts off almost watery but finishes with a thicker, creamier coating similar to chocolate milk. Very low carbonation.

O: This was much lighter than I was expecting, not as heavy as most stouts. It has a nice lingering mouth feel and I could enjoy two in a sitting. Worth picking up. (740 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (583 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black; pours with a nice, light tan head; very thin ring of retention shows a little leg.

S: Coffee, sweet grain, brown sugar, roasted nut, hint of chocolate.

T: Much like an overly sweet coffee, some roasted nut and cocoa, hints of fruity British esters, modest bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated with a pleasant sweetness in the finish.

O: A pretty easy drinker... something you could to take to a Christmas party to introduce people to craft beer. (453 characters)

Photo of DraftDaddy
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just not a good beer. Don't waste your money. (45 characters)

Photo of OurHero
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (852 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Ugly Sweater from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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