Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

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

very good
12 Reviews
no score
Send samples
For Trade:
Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial StoutBarrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OF001 on 01-06-2013

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 47
Reviews by CWVegas:
Photo of CWVegas
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DaveBar
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 10deg C in a tulip.

A- Open well and pours a 2" high brown head with vigorous pour. Head films out within 3-4mins or so. Very dark brown colour

S- Lacking here. Sweetness

T- Yup! It's sweet. Overly sweet. Bourbon seems like it's from a used barrel. Not very strong at all. Very little heat though.

M- Pretty creamy and dries out later

O- Not a bad brew. Worth trying but will not buy it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew can be matched as the bourbon is low. This one went well with......... Curried goat! Fantastic slow cooked leg of goat in a Trinidadian curry.


 619 characters

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours pretty thick and black with 1.5 fingers of tan head that settles to a skim and leaves some nice bands behind.

Smell. Dark malts and black licorice, sweet and woody bourbon and vanilla, and a little bit of dark chocolate.

Taste. Dark chocolatey malts, some sweet vanilla and a bit of toasted wood and licorice. The finish has some more lightly bitter, lightly tannic, maybe slightly charred wood and the high abv is quite well hidden.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with low+ carbonation.

Overall. After reading much about how this doesn't quite compare to Singularity, I wasn't expecting something this nice. The drinkability is pretty fucking amazing right out of the gate (Okay, it's been "aged" a month or so) and it's very smooth and well ballanced. This is some fine use of the barrel without overdoing anything. Between this and Lost Souls, I'm quickly becoming a P49 fanboy.

 919 characters

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some black chocolates notes with some dry woody notes. Taste is also dominated by dry woody notes with light vanilla undertones and some dry and bitter black chocolate notes. Body is about average but thinner then I was anticipating with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too dry for my taste buds and lacking body with some lack of integration between al the flavors.

 520 characters

Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

 758 characters

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
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

87 characters

Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Parallel 49 'Russian Imperial Stout' @ 10.9% , from the barrel aged series , a wax covered 650 ml bottle purchased for $11 (hmm)

A-pour is a very dark brown , with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving no lace along the pint glass

S-sweet smelling , the booze has certainly soaked in the barrels

T-a hickory charred smokyness dominates , not bad certainly not great either

MF-medium body , ok carbonation , a bit dry in the after taste

Ov-ok beer , one of Parallel 49 better efforts , but not up to the top of BC 'RIS' standards

sampled alongside Bear Rep 'Big Bear Black Stout' & Driftwoods 'Singularity'

prost LampertLand

 649 characters

Photo of Aggro
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 794 characters

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D_Min
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 516 characters

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smekermann
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of MatChar
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ericj551
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thefullpython
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml maroon waxed 2015 bottle, poured into tulip 14/6/15

A black with deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam sits around for a few sips but leave no lace, a little color and legs left behind after a swirl

S char, molasses, vanilla, some chocolate, coffee, and booze, not a whole lot of whiskey, a hint of coconut, and some sugar coated raisins

T not far from the nose but a little extra char and booze, a little chocolate syrup, good but could use a little mellow time

M full and chewy, could use a few extra bubbles but its not flat, oily on the palate, sticky on the lips but fairly hot at this point in time

O decent stuff but a little boozy without a whole lot of barrel, perhaps it finished a little higher then the label states?

A decent big stout but if I had another bottle I'd sit on it for a couple years, I'd prefer more barrel notes other then the booze but worth a try at the end of the day

 922 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.