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Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial StoutBarrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OF001 on 01-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 9
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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer with friends at Rattle & Hum in NYC. Much better than the ratings imply

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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank a 2014 bottle (2 months old) yesterday and drinking a 2013 bottle (14 months old) currently.

A: (both) Black, tobacco edges, dark tan head reducing to a ring after 30-60 seconds

S: (both) Roasty, chocolate, very slight vanilla and licorice.

T: (2014) Big roast character, equal parts coffee and chocolate. The richness of the roasted malts is center-stage, though. Some vanilla / licorice in the background.

(2013) The roast has become more subdued and creamy smooth, while the chocolate has come up a little bit and replaced the coffee's sharehold. I don't get much whiskey from either vintage, though a bit of the oak is there.

M: The 2014 is better than the 2013 here. Both are creamy but the 2013 has gotten a little thinner.

O: I like both but I give the edge to the 2014.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Jeffo
2.67/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Rutager this past summer. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
IBU: 46
Aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foam wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Whisky, oak, caramel, milk chocolate and light coconut on the nose. Roasted notes and vanilla with sweet cream in there as well. Medium strength, but very enticing and showing potential. Lots of milk chocolate and caramel-sweet whisky.

TASTE: Not nearly as good as the nose. Very disappointing. Light notes of oak and whisky notes, but quite watery and empty up front. Swallow gives mild caramel, whisky, vanilla and some milk chocolate as well. Mundane and dry finish with some bitter chocolate, sweet toffee, whisky and creamy flavors. Nothing wrong per se, just not at all impressive. Definitely well below average for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No heat. Decent feel here.

OVERALL: The nose was very promising and the feel was solid enough, but the flavor was quite boring, watery, mild and very uneventful overall. Nothing memorable about this one, so it'll be forgotten quickly in a sea of solid competition. Thanks again Rutager!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention shows a little leg.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, nice fruity yeast, chocolate covered cherries, bit of soya sauce.

T: Dutch licorice, black strap molasses, figs, soya sauce, dates, caramelized raisins, oak, modest bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Fairly dry, slightly chalky & acidic with alcohol in the finish.

O: An all around good brew, though I think it may have lost some 'life' in the barrel... it certainly has an aged flavour. I'd love to try it fresh.

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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black brown with just a bare minimum of light breaking the surface revealing a cola colour. I poured a little aggressively and ended up with 3 fingers of tan head, upon settling there was plenty of lacing left behind.

S: Smooth bourbon vanilla, woody, chocolate, sweet malts & mocha finishing with a hint of alcohol esters

T: Dark chocolate with coffee is predominate, followed with notes of smooth vanilla bourbon and oaky richness.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with low carbonation and a warming alcohol hug.

O: Delicious and smooth with a woody presence that evokes a rich quality in both taste and feel. This is a incredibly solid RIS, and hopefully Parallel 49 continues to make more and build on this very solid first attempt.

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Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.